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 13 Suhoors to try in the city… 

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Address Dubai Mall

A Mediterranean-inspired a la carte menu at the alfresco venue, Cabana.

Address Dubai Mall, 9pm to 5am, May 5 to June 4, Dhs195. Discounts for children. Tel: (04) 8883444.

Atlantis, The Palm

Served in the legendary Asateer tent, suhoor will be a la carte and contains cold and hot mezze, manakish, soup, grilled meat, fish and seafood, and Ramadan desserts.

Atlantis, The Palm, 9.45pm to 3am, until June 12. Tel: (04) 426 2626.

Caesars Bluewaters Dubai

Suhoor and shisha in Bacchanal’s intimate Ramadan conservatory, while the little ones enjoy hours of play at Empire Kids Club and Roam Teens Club.

Caesars Bluewaters Dubai, 9.30pm to 1am, Dhs200 per person. Tel: (04) 5566466.

Dunes Cafe

Head to the Layali Ramadan tent for the à la carte menu featuring an array of delicious bites, traditional drinks and shisha.

Shangri-La Hotel, Dubai, 10pm to midnight. Tel: (04) 4052703.

Fairmont The Palm

A new addition this year to the Fairuz Ramadan tent is a fully air-conditioned suhoor area, offering shisha (Dhs90) and Middle Eastern mezze until the early hours.

Fairmont The Palm, 9pm to 2am. Tel: (04) 4573457.

Four Seasons Resort Dubai

During suhoor, guests can select dishes from an Arabic a la carte menu and enjoy being served right to their table. Surprise dishes include the kishek manakish served piping hot from the stone pizza oven. Shisha is available.

Jumeirah Beach Road, Dubai, daily 10pm to 2am, Dhs180. Tel: (04) 2707777.


This wonderful Italian restaurant in the fancy section of Dubai Mall is serving a special suhoor menu this Holy Month featuring a selection of brand new dishes. Highlights include a shakshouka pizza, and signature Italian soup, plus a platter of halloumi bruschetta, arancini, polpette, sundried tomato paste and homemade garlic infused bread.

The Dubai Mall, Fashion Avenue Extension, 9pm to 2am. Tel: (04) 2349986.

Grand Hyatt Dubai

Hia is the very first exclusive over-21 ladies suhoor at Andiamo. The cover charge on weekdays is Dhs50 and Dhs75 on weekends. Set menus and shisha available. Strictly over 21s only.

Grand Hyatt Dubai, Dubai. Tel: (04) 3172221.

Manzil Downtown

A favourite spot for shisha, guests can indulge in special petit meals inspired by the Silk Road route at Manzil Downtown’s Courtyard.

Manzil Downtown, 10.30pm, Dhs95. Discounts for children. Tel: (04) 8883444.


Spend an unforgettable suhoor in the relaxing surroundings of a bespoke majlis on the outdoor Olea terrace. Guests can play games, choose from a rich selection of quintessential Middle Eastern dishes from the a la carte menu, and enjoy the traditional oud music until the early hours.

Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates, from 10pm. Tel: (04) 4095999.

Park Hyatt Dubai

Suhoor is served alfresco alongside shisha, or you can opt to sit inside the relaxed ambiance at Café Arabesque.

Park Hyatt Dubai, 10pm to 3am (weekdays), 10pm to 3am (weekends). Tel: (04) 6021814.

The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai, DIFC

A lavish cold buffet and an ensemble of live cooking stations and drinks.

Ritz-Carlton, Dubai, DIFC, 9.30pm to 3am, Dhs169. Tel: (04)

The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai, JBR

Post iftar, the Amaseena Majlis serves an a la carte suhoor with shisha and Arabic tea and coffee. Adults only.

Ritz-Carlton, Dubai, JBR, 10pm to 2am, Dhs120. Tel: (04) 3186150.

Vida Downtown

Dine a la carte at 3in1 with hot mezze, grilled fish and meats and a large selection of desserts to choose from including, umm ali, of course.

Vida Downtown, 10pm to midnight. Tel: (04) 8883444.

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