Each week this Ramadan, we’ll shine the light on three must-try iftars happening across the city…

During Ramadan, “iftar” is the meal served at sunset to break the long day of fasting (the word literally means “break fast”). Friends and families often gather together for this meal, and many hotels and restaurants across Dubai put on a special feast for the occasion.

Even if you’re not fasting, anyone is welcome to come along and experience iftar. In fact, it’s a wonderful way to get into the spirit of the holy month.

Throughout Ramadan, we’ll be highlighting three iftars to try on a weekly basis. But if you’re hungry for more, you can check out our guide to 100 iftars in Dubai.

Here are three iftars to check out this weekend. 

Dhs215: Al Fanous

The JW Marriott Marquis’ exquisite iftar takes place in the ballroom, which is transformed into the white and gold Al Fanous Lounge through Ramadan. As well as a central dining area, guests can reserve separate Majlis for a more private iftar experience. It serves up an extensive international buffet that ranges from traditional Arabic dishes to sushi, peking duck and pancakes and even a traditional roast. Be sure to save room for dessert, it’s got one of the widest spreads in the city.

JW Marriott Marquis, Business Bay, daily sunset to 8.30pm, Dhs215. Tel: (04) 414 3000. jwmarriottmarquisdubailife.com

Dhs250: QE2

The world-famous QE2 cruise ship is hosting its first floating iftar and suhoor. A purpose-built (and air-conditioned) majlis is set up on the ship’s largest deck, and houses an Arabic buffet of live cooking stations, traditional Emirati dishes, mezze, desserts and classic Ramadan juices. It’s a wide selection, and the mezze alone is worth the trip. It’s got some of the most friendly and helpful staff in the city, so if you fancy an after-iftar tour, they’ll gladly show you around.

QE2, Mina Rashid, daily from sunset to 9pm, Dhs250. Tel: (04) 526 8888. qe2.com

Dhs250: Pai Thai

This picturesque spot is one of the prettiest in the Madinat. Right on the waterfront, an al fresco table will get you the best views of the water and the passing abras. This Ramadan, the award-winning Thai restaurant is serving up a three-course sharing iftar menu of well-loved Thai classics and signature dishes all designed for sharing. There’s plenty of healthy options and vegan dishes on the menu too, so it’s a guilt-free feasting. 

Pai Thai, Al Qasr, Madinat Jumeirah, daily from sunset, Dhs250. Tel: 04 432 3232. jumeirah.com

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