The midnight meal that comes alive over Ramadan…

Everyone who lives in Dubai should try a Suhoor at least once – officially the pre-dawn meal consumed by fasters just before the sun appears, the term also means the gatherings that are held across the UAE from about 9pm over Ramadan.

This is a time to meet with friends, family and business connections and talk about the year that was (and the year ahead). So, whether you’re a Suhoor regular or you just want to witness the UAE tradition from an anthropological perspective, here are 14 Suhoors to try in the city…  

1. The Address Dubai Mall
COST: Dhs160

It’s an adults-only affair for suhoor in the Ramadan Zayna tent at Cabana. Located in a beautiful setting around the poolside, there’s an a la carte menu of Middle Eastern and international cuisine, along with live music and special Ramadan juices. Elsewhere, Na3Na3 is hosting a suhoor buffet from 9pm to 11pm for Dhs190.

Cabana, The Address Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai, Dubai, daily 9pm to 2am, Dhs160. Tel (04) 8883444. Metro: Burj Khalifa/Dubai Mall.

2. Atlantis, The Palm
COST: A la carte

The suhoor a la carte menu at the famous Asateer tent will be on offer from 9pm until 2.30am. Admittance to suhoor will be only for 21 year olds and above and shisha will be available for guests to enjoy for Dhs95.

Atlantis, The Palm Dubai, daily 9pm to 3am, Dhs95. Tel (04) 4262626. Taxi: Atlantis,

3. Burj Al Arab
COST: Dhs150 for the set menu 

Suhoor at Scape, the cool Californian restaurant on the terrace of Burj Al Arab. Choose from the a la carte or three-course Arabic set menu. Shisha is also provided.

Burj Al Arab, Dubai, daily, 8pm to 1am, Dhs150. Tel: (04) 3017600. Taxi: Burj Al Arab.

4. DoubleTree By Hilton Dubai
COST: A la carte

A choice of two suhoor platters is available at Al Maeda and there’s a daily prize draw for those who spend Dhs100 or more.

DoubleTree By Hilton Dubai, Dubai, daily 9pm to 2am. Tel: (04) 4533333. Tram: Jumeirah Beach Residence 2.

5. Dubai Marriott Harbour Hotel & Suites
COST: A la carte 

Counter Culture Café is screening educational videos about the holy month alongside suhoor. The menu is a la carte, and the casual atmosphere makes it a great choice for families.

Counter Culture Café, Dubai Marriott Harbour Hotel & Suites, Dubai, daily 9pm to 3am. Tel (04) 3194000. Metro: Dubai Marina.

6. Fairmont The Palm
COST: A la carte

Suhoor is served a la carte within the alfresco Arabian courtyard at Fairmont The Palm that’s transformed into a casual lounge area, catering up to 120 guests. Arabic entertainment, shisha, mezze and Middle Eastern teas will be served until the early hours.

Fairmont The Palm, Dubai, daily 9pm. Tel: (04) 4573457. Taxi: Fairmont The Palm.

7. Four Seasons Resort Dubai
COST: A la carte


Popular for its buzzing souk-style ambience, Suq’s suhoor at Four Seasons Resort Dubai offers a dedicated a la carte menu of Middle Eastern cuisine, with menu highlights including kishek manakish, served piping hot from the pizza oven. Guests may also order Ramadan juices, soft drinks as well as tea and coffee, and shisha is available on request.

Four Seasons Resort Dubai, Dubai, daily 10pm to 2am, Dhs190. Tel (04) 2707777. Taxi: Four Seasons Resort Dubai.

8. Grand Hyatt Dubai
COST: Dhs195

Hia is the very first exclusive ladies suhoor at Andiamo. Enjoy a variety of international cuisine with a curated set menu especially crafted by a team of female chefs along with live entertainment, shisha, cards and more.

Grand Hyatt Dubai, daily 9.30pm, Dhs195. Tel: (04) 3172221. Taxi: Grand Hyatt Dubai.

9. Kempinski Mall Of The Emirates
COST: Set menu starts from Dhs90

Suhoor comprises a Levantine set menu at Olea with a selection of light bites, salads, hummus and other Arabic favourites.

Kempinski Mall Of The Emirates, daily 10pm to 3am, Dhs90. Tel: (04) 3410000. Metro: Mall Of The Emirates.

10. QD’s
COST: A la carte

The creekside favourite is serving suhoor in a Ramadan tent. An a la carte menu and shisha are available.

Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, Dubai, daily 9pm to 2am. Tel: (04) 2956000. Taxi: Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club.

11. The Palace Downtown Dubai
COST: Dhs170

The Ramadan tent extends into The Palace Gardens. It’s where you’ll find a buffet, for Dhs170 for food only, as well shisha to enjoy.

Ewaan Restaurant, The Palace Downtown Dubai, Dubai, Sun to Wed 10pm to 1am, Thur to Sat 10pm to 2am. Tel: (04) 8883444. Metro: Burj Khalifa/Dubai Mall.

12. The Ritz-Carlton Dubai
COST: Dhs150

The ballroom is transformed into a magnificent majlis, while an a la carte suhoor menu of Arabian and international cuisine is served. There’s shisha, along with live traditional music, and a tanoura dancer.

The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai, Sun to Wed 10pm to 2am, Thur to Sat 10pm to 3am, Dhs150. Tel: (04) 3186646. Metro: Dubai Marina.

13. Vida Downtown Dubai
COST: A la carte 

Suhoor at 3in1’s outdoor terrace where you’ll find an a la carte menu with a selection of Arabic dishes and sweets.

Vida Downtown Dubai, daily 9pm to 3am. Tel (04) 4286888. Metro: Burj Khalifa/Dubai Mall.

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