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. 

Arabian Court, One&Only Royal Mirage

The stunning Arabian Court of One&Only Royal Mirage transforms into a dramatic, elegant iftar tent for the Holy Month, and this week is your last chance to experience it. The temperature controlled space serves up a wide selection of hot and cold mezzes, shawarma and manakeesh and a wide selection of oriental sweets to the calming sounds of oud and tabla. Shisha is also available from 8pm in a dedicated area.

Arabian Court, One&Only Royal Mirage, Al Sufouh, daily 7pm to 2.30am, Dhs140. Tel: (04) 399 9999. oneandonlyresorts.com

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

Dhs575: At.mosphere

While there’s some stunning iftar tents to take advantage of this Ramadan, few venues are as wow-worthy as At.mosphere. Perched on the 122nd floor of the Burj Khalifa, it’s offering a four-course set menu for iftar this Ramadan. It’s a mixed Modern European spread designed to be shared, with heavy Arabic influence and highlights include a fregola and octopus salad and grilled halloumi cheese. For mains, expect a mixed grill and seafood platter, with sides such as paella rice, and potato gratin. It’s a huge serving, but be sure to save room for dessert and a cheese course. Dessert is presented on a light box, and  you’ll get a date pudding, passionfruit cheesecake and chocolate mille fuille to share.

At.mosphere, Burj Khalifa, Downtown Dubai, 6pm to 10.30pm, daily until June 14, Dhs575. Tel: (04) 888 3828. atmosphereburjkhalifa.com 

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