1. Tradition and elegance
Spend your iftars with a touch of opulence at Dubai Meydan Hotel’s Ramadan Tent which offers an iftar buffet and a suhoor a la carte for the entire month of Ramadan. Savour dishes from all over the world amidst sweeping tents and the world famous Meydan racing course right beside you. With six live international cooking stations and regional cuisines, there’s quite a spread you can enjoy; from mixed Arabic mezzes, Egyptian mulukkhiya, and Indian chicken biryani to Iranian kebabs, grilled lamb chops and salmon dishes. There’s a wok and pasta station if you want some foreign flavour, along with sushi and sashimi stations. End your fast with elegance, tradition, and some great food to top it off. Dh199 per person, children four-12 with 50 per cent discount and below four dine for free. Iftar from sunset to 8pm, suhoor from 9pm to 2am. Call 04 381 3333 or visit themeydanhotel.com.
2. The modern Mughal
All the way from Mumbai the famous Khyber restaurant is now at Dukes, the Palm. Being their first international venture, the celebrity frequented, North Indian Khyber is offering a truly regal iftar experience. Reminiscent of the Mughal era, Khyber has managed to pull off a modern twist to the Golden Age that celebrated many a mighty emperor. With private dining options and high arches that accentuate the beauty of Mughal architecture surrounding you, indulge in the restaurant’s famed dishes; samosa chaat and juicy keema seekh kababs, main courses that include roghan josh and classic daal makhani and for the finale of dessert, there’s Khyber’s signature takes on rasmalai and sheer kurma. Bring along your friends and family for an extravagant North Indian iftar within the walls of the once powerful.
Dh185 for adults and Dh95 for children, from sunset until 9pm. Call 04 455 1111 for more details.
3. Take the Silky Way
Witness a bridging of East and West by embarking on the Silk Route by land with The Courtyard and Boulevard Kitchen at Manzil Downtown this Ramadan. With a delectable buffet spread featuring dishes from across Europe, Asia and Africa, and with an Arabesque vibe of lanterns and crescents, your iftars are all set to be one for the albums. An inter-mingling of cultures and cuisines steeped in the rich flavour of food and spices, enjoy appetising dishes from the likes of local food to plates inspired by the famed Silk Route. With live cooking stations that you can journey and the with the soothing music to heighten your senses, let your iftars take the high road this Ramadan.
Dh195 per person and Dh175 per person for groups of 20 people and more, children from six to 11 years have 50 per cent off and five years and below dine for free. For reservations, call 04 888 3444 or email email@example.com or visit mydubairamadan.com.
4. Lebanon brings you the world
Khayamat Al Bahar is offering an authentic Lebanese experience, along with a dash of international flavour, this Ramadan and some goodwill to measure. With an impressive seven rotating menus on the buffet, the indulgent iftar spread includes kofta bel seney (minced lamb dish), mixed grill and djej bil senyeh (baked garlic chicken with potatoes). There is baked salmon, vegetable Thai green curry, shrimp masala and baked mushroom pasta for the ones who wants to try some global cuisines. Furthermore, in association with the Al Jalila Foundation, Khayamat Al Bahar is pledging a percentage of each booking to the charity’s basma Ramadan initiative. With a stunning view of the Burj Al Arab, you can indulge in some scrumptious dessert options such as um ali (a traditional Arab dessert) and rice pudding, as well as assorted Arabic sweets, and the lilting tunes of the oud to please the ears.
Dh195 per person, iftar buffet is available daily from sunset to 10pm. For reservations, contact 800-666-353 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
5. Syria by the waters
End your fast with some Syrian flavour this Ramadan with Bluewaters Island’s Sah El Nom. The freshly opened restaurant is offering a set iftar menu that includes hot and cold mezzes, their collection of soups and salads, and main courses of lamb mandi (lamb meat wrapped in dough, baked, topped with tomato sauce, served with hot yogurt), chicken harissa (whole wheat cooked with onions, garlic, spices and chicken), and udoli dolma (cabbage rolls stuffed with bulgur, nuts and lamb chops). Indulge in some authentic Syrian desserts which include a spread of sweet treats, including traditional Syrian baklawa, maamoul bel jebn, date cardamom cake, and more. With outdoor as well as indoor seating available, the family-friendly atmosphere will make your iftar unforgettable.
Dh145 per person, iftar set menu and a la carte menu is available from sunset until 9pm. Call 045 877 096 for reservations.