Ramadan in Dubai: 103 iftars to try
From traditional buffet spreads to special set menus, here’s where you can get a taste of this unique Ramadan experience in Dubai…
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.
As for the food? Well, this is Dubai, so expect heaving tables, lavish decorations, and dishes from every corner of the globe.
Here is our round-up of iftars you can try in Dubai this Ramadan.
The brilliant Balkan restaurant is serving a special four-course iftar menu including fresh soup of the day, mezze platter or a choice of Ramadan starter, a choice of main dish including Ramadan specials and dessert for Dhs280 for per couple. Highlights from the special Ramadan dishes include homemade phyllo pie with spicy potato and mint yoghurt; baked feta and mastelo cheese with honey and nuts and a hearty Bamia stew with short ribs and okra.
Park Regis Boutique Jumeirah, sunset to 11pm, Dhs280. Tel: (04) 3490744. 21grams.me
Expect live cooking stations that serve a myriad of local and global dishes, all complemented by shisha on the terrace.
Address Boulevard, sunset to 9pm, Dhs220. Discounts for children. Tel: (04) 8883444. mydubairamadan.com
Address Dubai Mall
Break fast with a Mediterranean buffet in the alfresco setting of Address Dubai Mall’s poolside restaurant, Cabana. Choose from a variety of Mediterranean classics amid the tunes of live oud music.
Address Dubai Mall, sunset to 9pm, May 5 to June 4, Dhs195. Discounts for children. Tel: (04) 8883444. mydubairamadan.com
Address Dubai Marina
Held in the hotel’s huge Constellation ballroom, this marina iftar features a lavish buffet with live cooking stations filled with Middle Eastern delicacies and international favourites along with live traditional music.
Address Dubai Marina, 7pm to 9pm, Dhs199. Discounts for children. Tel: (04) 8883444. mydubairamadan.com
Aquaviva at Address Montgomerie will set the stage for a unique poolside alfresco iftar buffet experience including traditional Arabic desserts and mood music.
Address Montgomerie, sunset to 9pm, Dhs185. Discounts for children. Tel: (04) 8883444. mydubairamadan.com
Guests can indulge in an all you can eat buffet at this award-winning venue for Dhs195, including drinks.
Jumeirah Emirates Towers, 6.30pm to 10pm, Dhs195. Tel: (800) 666353. jumeirah.com
Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort
Iftar at the Crescendo buffet and choose to sit in the chic indoor dining area, or on the spacious outdoor terrace. Whether you want traditional Middle Eastern dishes or a more international affair, Crescendo has it all.
Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort, sunset, Dhs199, Dhs100 children 6 to 11 years. Tel: (04) 5678304. anantara.com
A popular iftar in the Festival City area, head to Anise where a selection of traditional Arabic and international culinary offerings will be spread over eight live cooking stations. Overlooking the Dubai Creek, Anise is a good option for a family friendly iftar.
Dubai Festival City, sunset to 10pm, Dhs215, Discounts for children. diningdfc.com
Atlantis, The Palm
The Palm resort goes all out for Ramadan with its hugely popular Asateer tent serving iftar and suhoor. Inside you’ll find an enormous buffet offering lamb kibbeh, a shawarma station and an Arabic mixed grill. Plus, ten decadent dessert stations and more.
Atlantis, The Palm, 6.30pm to 8.30pm, until June 12, discounts for children. Tel: (04) 426 2626. atlantisthepalm.com
Experience ultimate luxury at Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates. At the cosy Aspen Chalets, a private chef will prepare Middle Eastern delicacies for you and your guests as you iftar overlooking Ski Dubai.
Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates, sunset to 9pm, Dhs650 (minimum of 8 people). Tel: (04) 4095999. kempinski.com
Executive Chef Hassan Abdallah leads the iftar preparations cooking authentic Arabic cuisine including hot and cold
mezze, fresh salads, lamb ouzi and Arabic mixed grills, as well as dedicated shawarma, manakish, soup and carving stations.
Raffles Dubai, sunset to 10.30pm, Dhs205. Discounts for children. Tel: (04) 3248888. raffles.com/dubai
Bab Al Shams
Set among sand dunes and surrounded by natural desert landscape, Al Hadheerah restaurant gives guests a unique opportunity to feast in an Arabian setting. The evening will be brought to life with tunes of traditional oud and kanun musicians. After the iftar buffet, the live cultural entertainment will commence, such as Tanoura dancing, as well as stunning horse and camel shows.
Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa, sunset to 11pm, Sun to Wed Dhs265, Thur to Sat Dhs295. Tel: (04) 8096194. babalshams.com
The contemporary Middle Eastern style brasserie will offer traditional Middle Eastern cuisine all interpreted with Chef Mohanad’s modern twist.
Renaissance Downtown Hotel, Dubai, sunset until 9pm, Dhs195. Tel: (04) 5125561. renaissancedubailife.com
Burger and Lobster
Expect the best of B&L signatures in one colossal five-course set menu including the classic Cheeseburger, the ever popular Mini Shrimp Roll, and a half pounder of lobster. Phew.
Burj Daman Building, 312 Al Sa’ada St, sunset, Dhs149. Tel: (04) 5148838. burgerandlobster.com
Burj Al Arab
The world-renowned Al Falak Ballroom inspired by a Viennese opera house is transformed into a palatial hall dressed in Arabesque patterns this Ramadan. Inside, you’ll find an Arabic Iftar buffet featuring a wide selection of local dishes, as well as a live Badri band.
Burj Al Arab Jumeirah, sunset, Dhs265. Tel: (04) 3017600. jumeirah.com
The restaurant will be helping diners to break their fast with dates and homemade soup, and will be operating as usual with its regular a la carte menu.
Emirates Golf Club, sunset. Tel: (04) 4179999. facebook.com/carinerestaurant
Caesars Bluewaters Dubai
Head over to Vegas favourite Bacchanal for royal iftars and alfresco suhoors. Delivering a delectable buffet with a dedicated children’s corner, expect grand open kitchens serving up a Middle Eastern-style feast. Round off the perfect evening with an intimate suhoor experience complemented by an extensive shisha menu in Bacchanal’s charming Ramadan conservatory, while the little ones enjoy hours of play at Empire Kids Club and Roam Teens Club.
Caesars Bluewaters Dubai, sunset to 1am, Dhs250. Tel: (04) 5566666. caesars.com/dubai
Chef Kinan Ibrahim creates dishes inspired by his Syrian homeland this Ramadan, with an alternative iftar menu served directly to the table. Dishes include mezze, manakish, chicken biryani and mixed grill. Extend the evening for suhoor in the courtyard with the option of shisha for Dhs60.
La Ville Hotel & Suites, City Walk, Dhs239. Discounts for children. Tel: (04) 4033111. livelaville.com
Project Chaiwala and Cinema Akil join forces to create Cinemajlis – a unique iftar experience, transforming the cinema into a dining hall for a special dinner and a movie experience.
Alserkal Avenue, 6.30pm (iftar), 8.45pm (movie), Dhs200. cinemaakil.com
Cipriani Dubai serves a special iftar of its best-selling and most popular dishes including its handmade pasta. Priced at Dhs280 per person, the menu has been created to be shared between groups of two or more and will change on a weekly basis.
DIFC, sunset, Dhs280. Tel: (04) 3470003. cipriani.com
Citymax Hotel Bur Dubai
Iftar at the legendary Claypot restaurant for only Dhs65 per person. Buy five iftars and get one free.
Citymax Hotel Bur Dubai, sunset to 9pm, Dhs69. Tel: (050) 1007065. citymaxhotels.com
Counter Culture Café
International live stations accompanied by a selection of refreshing classic drinks at Counter.
Culture Café. Dubai Marriott Harbour Hotel & Suites, Dubai, daily sunset to 9pm, Dhs159. Tel: (04) 3194000. marriott.com
Couqley French Bistro
Popular JLT spot Couqley is hosting a special three-course iftar set menu throughout Ramadan.
Cluster A, JLT, Dubai, sunset to 8pm, Dhs139. Tel: (04) 5149339. couqley.ae
Diners visiting this What’s On Award-winning restaurant for iftar will be treated to quintessentially Peruvian creations with a twist, including Charentais melon soup, seabass croquettes, chicken tacos, spicy short rib, salmon fillet and more.
Four Seasons Resort, Jumeirah Beach, sunset to 8.30pm, Dhs250. Tel: (04) 3169600. coyarestaurant.ae
Crowne Plaza Dubai
Middle Eastern cuisine is served alongside a pasta station, ceviche station and pani puri station for iftar inside the hotel’s elegant ballroom where a traditional qanun player will entertain guests.
Crowne Plaza Dubai, sunset to 9.30pm, Dhs199 or Dhs249 including shisha at Al Tannour. Tel: (800) 276963. crowneplazadubai.com
Iftar with a difference at the historical Al Seef neighbourhood where Doors restaurant will prepare a showreel of Turkish fusion delicacies. Highlights include a selection of soup and mezze, as well as rib eye yaprak, grilled King prawns, and beef and lamb shaslik, sallt baked seabass and five senses lamb with the steakhouse’s famous baklava to finish.
Dubai Opera’s auditorium is once again transforming into a magnificent banquet hall for iftar this year, where three different iftar menus – of Arabic and international dishes – will be served throughout the month.
Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai, sunset to 9.30pm, Dhs260. Discounts for children. Tel: (04) 4408888. dubaiopera.com
Dubai World Trade Centre
Part of Dubai World Trade Centre transforms into a huge majlis this Ramadan serving traditional cuisine for Dhs165 per person.
Za’beel Hall 6, Dubai World Trade Centre, sunset to 3am, Dhs165. Discounts for children. Tel: (800) 3982. booking.majlis.ae
Dunes Café at Shangri-La Hotel
Taste traditional delicacies such as ouzi, lamb kabsa, shish barak, biryani, shawarma, a traditional Arabic barbecue and more with every region of the Middle East culinary landscape covered.
Shangri-La Hotel, Dubai, sunset to 10pm, Dhs149. Tel: (04) 4052703. shangri-la.com
Executive Chef Renald Epie and his team have prepared a daily rotating selection of 26 freshly prepared salads, hot and cold mezze, 17 different international and Middle Eastern main courses including ouzi, mixed grill, shawarma, lamb tajine and more.
Fairmont Dubai, sunset to 9.30pm, Dhs184, Dhs92 children 6 to 12 years. Tel: (04) 3118316. fairmont.com
Fairmont The Palm
The ballroom at Fairmont The Palm transforms into the Fairuz Ramadan tent, fit for up to 350 guests, where you’ll find a special buffet and traditional entertainment. A new addition this year is a fully air-conditioned suhoor tent, offering shisha and Middle Eastern mezze until the early hours.
Fairmont The Palm, sunset to 9pm, Dhs215. Discounts for children. Tel: (04) 4573457. fairmont.com
Seven interactive cooking stations offering signature dishes, authentic Arabian cuisine and traditional Ramadan drinks.
Sheraton Grand Hotel, Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road, sunset to 11pm, Dhs195. Tel: (050) 9415576. feastrestaurantdubai.com
Flow, the homegrown healthy eating and creative hub, within Jumeirah Emirates Towers Boulevard, is serving up a healthy Arabic iftar to coincide with the return of its Ramadan Flow Talk Series, aptly named ‘The Modern Majlis’, which lets diners engage with a range of artists, poets and philanthropists sharing their talent and insights.
Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Wed sunset to 9pm, Dhs98. Tel: (800) 666353. jumeirah.com
Four Seasons Resort Dubai
Choose between SUQ restaurant or a tented lounge for iftar and suhoor. The team has created an iftar buffet that is both steeped in Arabic favours as well as international favourites. SUQ will be serving warm patisserie delicacies from the designated cake counter, to take away too.
Jumeirah Beach Road, Dubai, daily sunset to 9pm, Dhs265. Discounts for children. Tel: (04) 2707777. fourseasons.com
A three-course feast featuring starters including freshly prepared grilled pumpkin and quinoa salad, salmon tataki and more, followed by carrot linguini, tender spatchcock chicken and of course the famous show-stopping Gaucho Burger.
DIFC, from sunset, until June 4, Dhs250. Tel: (04) 4227898. gauchodubai.com
Grand Hyatt Dubai
The Grand iftar promises to be bigger and better this year at the new and improved Laylati Café tent. It has been relocated, and reconstructed, and has a dedicated entrance from the main road. Expect a full buffet and live cooking stations.
Grand Hyatt Dubai, sunset, Dhs210. Discounts for children. Tel: (04) 3172221. dubai.grand.hyatt.com
Grand Millennium Dubai
Choose from more than 60 items at the iftar buffet at Grand Millennium Dubai. Entertainment includes live musicians, a children’s play area, and cinema room for children to watch their favourite movies.
Grand Millennium Dubai, sunset, Dhs199. Discounts for children. Tel: (04) 4234170. millenniumhotels.com
Grand Plaza Mövenpick Media City
This new hotel in Media City is staging a traditional iftar buffet with a wide range of Arabic and international dishes, live cooking stations and sweets at Bytes restaurant.
Grand Plaza Movenpick Media City, sunset, Dhs149. Tel: (04) 4441407. movenpick.com
Turkish steakhouse Gürkan şef is serving a four-course set menu including a selection of kebabs and Turkish specialties such as lentil soup, mixed grill platters, hummus and an eggplant dip.
City Walk 2, Al Safa, sunset, Dhs149. Tel: (04) 3799777. gurkansefdubai.ae
A first in Dubai, The H Hotel’s Eat & Meat restaurant is offering a month-long, unlimited iftar buffet deal for Dhs1,999. This allows you to dine here every evening during the Holy Month. Bookings must be made before the first day of Ramadan.
The H Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road, sunset to 9pm, Dhs1,999. Tel: (04) 5018888. hhoteldubai.com
Guests are welcome to iftar in the Ramadan Tent located within the property’s gardens where they’ll find an iftar buffet with Arabic cuisine.
Habtoor City, sunset to 8.30pm, Dhs165. Tel: (04) 4355555. lxrhotels3.hilton.com
Don’t fancy Middle Eastern cuisine at iftar? Hakkasan’s special iftar set menu features Peking duck and the restaurant’s famous dim sum platter.
The Avenues at Atlantis, The Palm, 6.30pm, Dhs288. Tel: (04) 426 2626. atlantisthepalm.com
An eclectic menu of sharing mezzes and a la carte mains featuring signature dishes and Middle Eastern favourites including a slow-cooked lamb shank tagine or delicious crispy salmon along with a selection of flame-grilled sides such as lamb chops, koftas and shish kebabs.
Caesars Bluewaters Dubai, sunset to 8.30pm, Dhs350. Tel: (04) 5566466. caesarsdubai.ae
Available on Thursdays, guests at this pretty new restaurant at Dubai Hill can expect signature dishes served buffet and family-style, over three courses, with a live carvery, bread stations, halal charcuterie stations, and a wide variety of salads.
Dubai Hills Golf Club, 6.30pm to 8.30pm, Dhs155. Tel: (800) 666353. jumeirah.com
Hilton Dubai Jumeirah, The Walk, JBR
BiCE serves an Italian sharing menu for iftar this Ramadan, while Oceana restaurant is hosting an Arabic iftar buffet with live oud entertainment.
Hilton Dubai Jumeirah, The Walk, JBR, Dubai, daily sunset to 8pm, Dhs250 (BiCE), Dhs215 (Oceana). Tel: (04) 3182319. hilton.com
Hyatt Regency Dubai
As Al Dawaar revolves, it offers panoramic 360-degree views of the city’s skyline, while diners can enjoy a lavish iftar spread this Ramadan. Expect traditional delicacies including Arabic mezze, roasted local ouzi, whole baked hammour, grilled and wok fried dishes, rich desserts and more.
Hyatt Regency Dubai, Deira, Dubai, daily sunset to 11.30pm, Dhs190, Dhs95 children. Tel: (04) 2096887. dubai.hyattregencydubai.com
Expect authentic and fresh seafood, at this fishermen-owned Lebanese restaurant. The award-winning venue is offering a special iftar menu of hot and cold mezze, plus a variety of seafood main courses like sayadieh, fish Biryani or fish curry.
Club Vista Mare, sunset to 2am, Dhs125. Tel: (04) 5539575. ibnalbahr.me
Jumeirah Beach Hotel
Kitchen Connection’s international iftar buffet will take you around the world serving international cuisine alongside Arabic flavours.
Jumeirah Beach Hotel, sunset to 8.45pm, Dhs200. Tel: (04) 4323232. jumeirah.com
Jumeirah Emirates Towers
The Godolphin Ballroom’s elegant Ramadan tent will be the venue for authentic Arabic cuisine served alongside the pacifying sounds of the live oud.
Jumeirah Emirates Towers, sunset, Dhs205. Tel: (04) 4323232. jumeirah.com
Jumeirah Mina A’Salam
Award winning chefs give guests the choice of a traditional iftar buffet to share with friends and family in an elegant restaurant.
Jumeirah Mina A’Salam, sunset, Dhs210. Discounts for children. Tel: (04) 4323232. jumeirah.com
JW Marriott Marquis Dubai
One of the most popular iftars in town, Al Fanous Lounge at Dubai Ballroom serves an opulent iftar buffet.
JW Marriott Marquis Dubai, sunset to 8.30pm, Dhs199. Tel: (04) 4143000. jwmarriottmarquisdubailife.com/dining/ramadan
Kaftan Jumeirah erects its yearly tent with views of the iconic Burj Al Arab. There’s a buffet with over 200 different dishes including fan favourites and authentic dishes. Look out for the etli ekmek – Turkish Pita topped with minced meat, tomatoes onions and parsley.
Opposite Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Jumeirah, sunset to 2am, Dhs190. Tel: (04) 33899688. kaftan-restaurant.com
The homegrown Emirati restaurant in Downtown Dubai, is launching a special iftar menu priced at Dhs109 per person and consists of classic dishes including soups, salads, main courses and desserts.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard, sunset to 2am, Dhs109. Tel: (04) 5516852. facebook.com/karakhouse
For an international iftar, step into the award-winning Kithen6 restaurant where six interactive cooking stations serve a huge selection of worldly cuisine.
JW Marriott Marquis Dubai, sunset to 8.30pm, Dhs215. Tel: (04) 4143000. jwmarriottmarquisdubailife.com/dining/ramadan
La Ville Hotel & Suites Dubai
Located in City Walk Dubai, this boutique hotel is the perfect place for a lavish iftar sharing menu including hot and cold mezze, an array of Middle Eastern specialties served directly to the table. Afterwards, head to the hotel courtyard for shisha.
City Walk, Dubai, daily sunset to 9.00pm, Dhs239. Children under 6 eat for free, 50% off for children aged between 6 and 12. Shisha Dhs60. Tel: (054) 3095948. livelaville.com
La Petite Maison
Sample a variety of starters including green lentils, quinoa salad, and calamari, followed by main course dishes such as grilled sirloin, grilled lamb cutlets, and finish off with cheesecake or warm chocolate mousse with malt ice cream or pistachio cake.
Gate Village 08 DIFC, 6.45pm to 8pm, Dhs240. Tel: (02) 4390505. lpmrestaurants.com
La Terrasse Restaurant
Le Terrasse on the 8th floor of the Two Seasons hotel is serving an array of traditional Middle Eastern dishes at its buffet iftar daily from 7pm. Enjoy traditional dishes in a family-friendly atmosphere for Dhs110 per person.
La Terrasse, Two Seasons Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road, 7pm to 11pm, Dhs110, 50 per cent discount for children aged 6 to 12. Tel: (04) 381 8114. 2seasonshotels.com
The Peruvian restaurant is serving a carefully curated iftar menu showcasing a selection of Lima’s signature dishes.
The Square, City Walk, sunset to 8.30pm, Dhs199. Tel: (056) 5004571. limadubai.com
Little Erth by Nabz&G
The lovely healthy-eating café is offering a five-course Middle Eastern vegan menu comprising homemade soup, side salad, starter, main meal and vegan kunafa for Dhs89.
Cluster J, JLT, sunset, dhs89. Tel: (04) 2767287. nabzandg.com
Lowe is offering a special set menu designed by Lowe’s culinary duo Jesse & Kate. The candle-lit dinners will be made up of four sharing-style courses including woodfired bread, tarama, bottarga, sesame salt, raw sea bream, fried chicken, and BBQ
Wadi Al Safa 3, Dubai, Dhs185 (minimum four people). Tel: (04) 3201890. lowe-dubai.com
Elegantly designed with arabesque accents, Al Majlis at Madinat Jumeirah is one of the more luxurious venues to iftar or suhoor. Expect an impressive buffet selection.
Madinat Jumeirah, sunset, Dhs220. Tel: (04) 3666065 (iftar), Tel: (04) 3665875 (suhoor). jumeirah.com
The Arabic restaurant in La Mer is serving a Dhs150 iftar set menu. There’s a non-smoking area for families available from iftar until closing 4am and three days a week, they’ll have a Qanoon performer during suhoor.
Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, Dubai
Located steps away from the beach, the recently opened, brasserie-style restaurant, The Bay at Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, Dubai is inviting guests to celebrate the Holy Month with a menu curated especially for iftar dinner and late night suhoor spread both including an international and Arabic buffet with live cooking stations.
The Bay, Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, Dubai, 7pm to 9pm (iftar), 9pm to 2am (suhoor), Dhs265. mandarinoriental.com
The iftar features an inspiring spread of cuisines from across Europe, Asia and Africa. Connect with different traditions and witness the influence of the Silk Route at your iftar table.
Manzil Downtown, sunset to 10pm, Dhs195. Discounts for children. Tel: (04) 8883444. mydubairamadan.com
Masala Library by Jiggs Kalra
For iftar with a difference, head to newly opened Masala Library, which is hosting a unique set menu. Vegetarian and non-vegetarian menus available.
JW Marriott Marquis Dubai, sunset to 8.30pm, Dhs230 (non-vegetarian), Dhs195 (vegetarian). Tel: (04) 4143000. jwmarriottmarquisdubailife.com/dining/ramadan
Start with authentic Arabic staples such as lentil soup, dates and fruits, then enjoy fun Indian fusion from edamame chaat, and mango and avocado ceviche.
La Mer South, sunset to 2am, Dhs150. Tel: (04) 3444384. mastidubai.com
A lavish buffet featuring a selection of dishes from international cuisines alongside traditional Arabic favourites. The Meydan tent will host six live cooking stations serving cooked lamb ouzi, mixed Arabic mezze and more. Those looking for international flavours can head to the wok and pasta station, stopping by the sushi and sashimi station en route.
Meydan Hotel, sunset to 8pm, Dhs199. Discounts for children. Tel: (04) 3813111. themeydanhotel.com
Millennium Airport Hotel Dubai
Authentic Arabic and international delicacies with a variety of Arabic sweets and live cooking stations at Loumi. Alternatively, check out the three-course set menu at Da Vinci’s combining Ramadan signature dishes with Italian flavours. Shisha will be available on the outdoor terrace of Loumi, Biggles and Cactus Jacks.
Millennium Airport Hotel Dubai, sunset to 8.30pm, Dhs169 (Loumi), Dhs120 (Da Vinci’s). Discounts for children. Tel: (04) 7028888. millenniumhotels.com
Priced at Dhs210 per person, the four-course iftar sharing menu includes appetisers such as burrata stracchiatella, or roasted foie gras, followed by mains of truffle rigatoni or grilled lamb chops, and dark chocolate marquis and lemon tart finish.
Four Seasons Hotel DIFC, sunset to 9pm, Dhs210. Tel: (04) 5060100. minabrasserie.com
Mövenpick Hotel Ibn Battuta Gate Dubai
Sit beneath 88 opulent Moroccan lanterns, listening to an oud player as you choose dishes from an extensive buffet. It features Ramadan favourites such as lamb ouzi, mixed grills, and Arabic sweets as well as a selection of international dishes from each of the hotel’s specialty outlets – Mistral, Shanghai Chic, Sicilia, and Chor Bazaar.
Mövenpick Hotel Ibn Battuta Gate Dubai, sunset to 9pm, Dhs185. Tel: (04) 4445613. email@example.com
Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach
A traditional buffet and live cooking stations with live oud music.
Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach, from sunset, Dhs145. Tel: (04) 4498888. movenpick.com
Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Lakes Towers
Highlights from the cooking stations at Nosh include ouzi, Arabic mixed grill and shawarma. Children under 6 dine for free, and shisha is available after iftar on the terrace.
Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Lakes Towers, from sunset to 10.30pm, Dhs135. Tel: (04) 4380000. movenpick.com
The Oberoi, Dubai
Arabic cuisine is the highlight in the Grand Ballroom – which transforms into the Layali Ramadan – at The Oberoi, Dubai. Its luxurious surroundings make it an elegant choice to iftar with family and friends.
The Oberoi, Dubai, sunset. Dhs195. Tel: (04) 4441407. oberoihotels.com
Celebrated as one of the most authentic Levantine restaurants, Olea serves up culinary classics for iftar. Complete with live cooking stations and succulent grills, guests can create lasting memories in the inviting atmosphere. The iftar will be accompanied by the soothing sounds of the Oud player.
Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates, sunset to 9pm, Dhs210. Tel: (04) 4095999. kempinski.com
One&Only The Palm
Zest hosts an iftar buffet featuring a variety of Middle Eastern traditional delicacies and international specialties along with Ramadan-inspired drinks.
One&Only The Palm, sunset to 10.45pm, Dhs250. Discounts for children. Tel: (04) 4401030. oneandonlythepalm.com
A special set menu is available at new Greek haunt Opa, which is serving grilled halloumi, lamb gyros, imam bayildi, loukoumades and more. It’s the ultimate spot to enjoy all the flavours and fun of a traditional Greek experience.
Fairmont Dubai, 7pm to 8.30pm, Dhs195 without drinks. Tel: (04) 3570557. opadubai.com
The much-anticipated Ewaan Ramadan Tent returns to Palace Downtown, where you’ll find a generous selection of Middle Eastern cuisine and an international buffet as oud music plays in the background. Book during the first week of Ramadan and get 25 per cent off.
Palace Downtown, sunset to 9pm, Dhs225. Tel: (800) DINING. mydubairamadan.com
Park Hyatt Dubai
Break your fast with some delicious dates and authentic Middle Eastern cuisine to the backdrop of melodious Arabic instruments at the relaxed Park Hyatt Dubai.
Park Hyatt Dubai, sunset to 9pm, Dhs220. Tel: (04) 6021814. hyatt.com
Pullman Dubai JLT
Dine for iftar at Seasons Restaurant and be in with a chance of winning a three-night stay to MGallery Hotel by Sofitel in Istanbul. There’s a wide selection of dishes and themed buffets on offer during Ramadan.
Pullman Dubai JLT, sunset, prices start at Dhs129. Tel: (04) 5671159. accor.com
The legendary QD’s Tent at Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club returns this Ramadan, serving a sumptuous iftar buffet for just Dhs170 per person and an extensive suhoor a la carte menu. Shisha is available from 9pm.
Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, sunset to 9pm, Dhs170. Discounts for children. Tel: (04) 295 6000. dubaigolf.com
The original 1960’s Queens Room onboard the QE2 is transformed into a majlis this Ramadan featuring a beautiful backdrop of Arabesque décor, where a royal iftar is served.
QE2, Mina Rashid, sunset to 9pm, Dhs195. Discounts for children. Tel: ( 04) 5268888. qe2.com
CuiSines is serving a bargain iftar for just Dhs99, with the usual Middle Eastern dishes, plus traditional Arabic performances on select weekday and weekend nights throughout Ramadan.
Ramada Jumeirah, Dhs99. Discounts for children. Tel: (04) 7027000. ramadajumeirah.ae
Ramadan Nights by Dish
The pop-up restaurant in Al Quoz’s Warehouse Four is back for another year offering an intimate iftar experience. The meal begins with specially-crafted starters including sweet potato and red lentil soup, zataar and preserved lemon hummus with Arabic and cumin toasted flat breads. This is swiftly followed by slow braised lamb shoulder in Middle-eastern, served alongside BBQ prawns, chicken kofta, spiced cauliflower and more.
Warehouse Four, Al Quoz, sunset to 9.30pm, Dhs200. Tel: (056) 1283247. dish.ae
Retreat Palm Dubai MGallery, The
In addition to an iftar buffet at all-day dining restaurant, Vibe, guests will also receive a free genetic test. Choose from four test areas: weight loss management, micronutrient management, food intolerance lactose & gluten, or skin care and anti-ageing management.
The Retreat Palm Dubai MGallery, sunset to 11pm, Dhs175. Discounts for children. Tel: (04) 5247777. theretreatpalmdubai.com
The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai, DIFC
With live food stations fusing traditional Middle Eastern cuisine with culinary innovation, the feast inside The Ritz-Carlton, DIFC’s opulent Ramadan Tent is a special experience.
Ritz-Carlton, Dubai, DIFC, sunset to 8.30pm, Dhs219 (weekdays), Dhs179 (weekends). Discounts for children. Tel: (04) 3722628. ritzcarlton.com
The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai, JBR
The Amaseena Majlis is the setting for Ramadan at The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai, JBR where chef Rami has created inventive fusions such as Mandi-cooked salmon and traditional favourites flavoured with hand-roasted spices, to tagine cooked in authentic clay cookware.
Ritz-Carlton, Dubai, JBR, sunset to 8.30pm, Dhs205. Discounts for children. Tel: (04) 3186150. amaseenamajlis.com
Rixos Premium Dubai
The iftar buffet at Turquoise restaurant features traditional dishes including mezze, soups, salads and main courses of grilled meats of Turkish and international flavours.
Rixos Premium Dubai, sunset to 9pm, Dhs199. Tel: (04) 5200000. premiumdubai.rixos.com
Rixos The Palm
Expect an oriental buffet at A La Turca complemented by the sounds of Turkish stringed instruments.
Rixos The Palm, sunset, Dhs259. Tel: (04) 4575454. rixos.com
Roda Al Bustan
Middle Eastern cuisine as well as international dishes including a seafood section, live saj station, sushi counter and fruit market.
Roda Al Bustan, sunset, Dhs169. Discounts for children. Tel: (04) 7054650. Roda-hotels.com
Roda Al Murooj
Ouzi, barbecue stations, and an Arabic station serving up saj and manakish. There’s also a new dessert station this year.
Roda Al Murooj, Downtown Dubai, sunset, Dhs159. Tel: (04) 3043577. roda-hotels.com
Rove Hotels wants guests to ‘Pass It On’ at The Daily restaurants throughout the Holy Month of Ramadan. With every purchase of a full-price Dhs99 iftar, you will receive a free voucher to dine again or pass it on.
Available at The Daily at Rove City Centre, Rove Healthcare City, Rove Trade Centre, Rove Dubai Marina. rovehotels.com
Choose from dishes such as whole grilled sea bream or marinated baby chicken for your main course, and let the rest be delivered to your table. There’s a weekly-changing soup and selection of starters and desserts with Ramadan drinks, tea and coffee.
Grosvenor House Hotel, from sunset, Dhs249. Tel: (04) 3999 123. ruyadubai.com
The restaurant is curating an alternative iftar which features three-courses of handcrafted Italian cuisine for a minimum of two people at Dhs150 per person.
Madinat Jumeirah, sunset to 11pm, Dhs150. Tel: (800) 666353. jumeirah.com
Every Monday and Friday during the Holy Month, the Emirati restaurant Seven Sands in JBR will be hosting a unique iftar, which includes an intimate talk about Arab traditions during Ramadan. The cultural connoisseur Nasif Kayed from The Arab Culturalist will lead an open discussion into topics such as ablution, fasting, culture, food and the significance of Ramadan as you indulge in the iftar buffet.
The Beach, JBR, Mon and Fri sunset to 9pm, Dhs225. Tel: (04) 5516652. sevensandsrestaurant.com
Middle Eastern and international cuisine with great views out across Jumeirah Beach.
Sheraton JBR, sunset, Dhs99 (1st week), Dhs165 2nd week onwards). Tel: (04) 3153861. sheraton.com
Sofitel Dubai Downtown
Les Cuisines Restaurant is hosting an iftar buffet for Dhs159 per person.
Sofitel Dubai Downtown, sunset, Dhs180. Tel: (04) 5036111. sofitel.com
Sofitel Jumeirah Beach (JBR)
From sunset, guests may enjoy Middle Eastern specialities, and Moroccan dishes with a contemporary French flair at AOC Restaurant. Highlights include lamb ouzi, and Turkish shawarma.
Sofitel Jumeirah Beach (JBR), sunset, Dhs160. Tel: (04) 4484733. sofitel.com
Guests can enjoy hot and cold mezze, as well as a buffet of main courses including lamb kaftas, chicken kebab, chicken taouk, whole grilled seabream and lamb ouzi to name a few.
Trump International Golf Course, Damac Hills, sunset (first seating), 8.30pm (second seating), Dhs150. Tel: (04) 2453939. stokehouse.ae
Sul Fiume SZR
The popular Lebanese-Italian restaurant near Al Manara Centre is serving a buffet for Dhs99. Three days during the week, there’ll be a Qanoon player during suhoor.
Toro + KO
The specially curated iftar menu at Toro + KO features a three-course feast of traditional Spanish fare with Boston inspired twists including Toro’s famous Catalonia style paella made with saffron rice and seasonal vegetables.
The Square, City Walk, sunset to 8.30pm, Dhs199. Tel: (04) 5905433. torodubai.com
V Hotel Dubai
Iftar at V Hotel’s Korean fusion restaurant, Namu. The K-iftar features a Korean-style set menu including Namu’s signature dish, bibimbap.
Habtoor City, sunset to midnight, Dhs155. Tel: (04) 4355577. curiocollection3.hilton.com
Restaurant 3in1 is hosting a curated three-day rotation iftar main menu where guests order freshly prepared dishes straight from the kitchen. As part of the rotational menu, dishes include lamb ouzi, chicken potato, kofta khashkhash, fish harra, and lamb dawood basha, served alongside a large Mediterranean buffet.
Vida Downtown, sunset to 10pm, Dhs180. Tel: (04) 8883444. vidahotels.com
The new beach-front restaurant in Emerald Palace Kempinski Dubai is serving a curated iftar menu with dishes fusing levant and Mediterranean cuisine. Highlights include grilled lamb chops, whole corn-fed chicken and sea food stew, as well as ricotta cannoli and vanilla pannacotta.
Emerald Palace Kempinski Dubai, Sun to Thur 6.30pm, Dhs250. Tel: (04) 24888890. villamoredubai.com
W Dubai – The Palm
Prepare for a vibrant, rainbow-fueled iftar at LIV with contemporary twists on traditional classics. Think charcoal and beetroot hummus. Also look out for favourites such as lamb ouzi, shawarmas, grill stations and Josper roasted meats.
W Dubai – The Palm, sunset, Dhs195. Tel: (04) 2455555. whotels.com
Drawing inspiration from the culinary culture of the Middle East, the special iftar buffet offers a variety of traditional favourites.
Le Meridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre, sunset to 9pm, Dhs169. Tel: (04) 7022455. yalumbadubai.com