1. Celebrate togetherness
Experience the spirit of true communal joy this Ramadan with Dubai World Trade Centre’s The Majlis. Seating 600 for iftar and 1,500 for suhour, Majlis brings to you shared happiness with their buffet of traditional local cuisine and pleasant Arabic ambience. Start off with spreads of both cold and hot mezzes, move on to main courses of mixed grills and shish taouks (a traditional marinated chicken shish kebab of Middle Eastern cuisine) and end with an array of desserts from the likes of cheese kunafas to oriental food platters and pastries. From sunset to 3am daily; Dh165 per person and Dh85 for children aged six to 12 years. Call 800-DWTC or visit booking.majlis.ae.
2. Get lofty in style
The Loft at the Dubai Opera’s Gold and Honey iftar is set to redefine luxury with a view grand enough to be star-struck by. With a 24-carat gold edible gift in the form of macarons, a new scent being debuted by leading perfume house, Rasasi, and a buffet with European dishes inspired by Greek, Italian, and Turkish flavours, your iftars will be nothing short of lavish. If you’re with family and friends, you can even enjoy a traditional henna experience. From sunset to 10pm; Dh265 for adults and Dh125 for kids from aged six to 11. Contact 04 362 7312 or email email@example.com.
3. Dive into the opulent past
Paying homage to the seafaring heritage of the region, Amaseena Majlis at The Ritz-Carlton at The Walk, JBR, lets you sink deep into the past. From mandi-cooked lamb, to tagine cooked in clayware, you can have your pick among nine cooking stations celebrating Middle Eastern food, and international dishes too. With live music during suhour and a mood lifting setting, your iftars can be unforgettable. Dh205 per person, groups of 10 or more start from Dh195 per person, children below five are free while six to 12 dine at 50 per cent; call 04 318 6150 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
4. You can vegan
Go vegan on May 26 with Rove Healthcare City at Oud Metha, as they’ve got their own green, meat-free five-course special iftar meal, so make sure to bring along your family and friends. A main course platter, including roasted tempeh with smoked BBQ sauce, a mushroom, barley and okra stew, along with jackfruit curry with millet and it’s just the mid-way mark so don’t think you’re done yet. Dh99 for adults and Dh49 for kids, from sunset to 10pm. Call 04 561 9200 for bookings.
5. Hold health high
Bounty Beets at the Le Meridien Mina Seyahi is set to make your iftars both healthy and sophisticated with their four-course meal that specially looks out for your well-being. Rejuvenate your body and mind with some green goodness of freshly prepared beverages that are perfect after you end your fast, and tuck into cauliflower taco, the melon and cottage cheese parfait and, choco tart, a healthy chocolate orange dessert. Dh120 per person, from sunset till 2am. Call 04 511 7373.
6. Find some common ground
Try the healthy, green way for a change with Common Grounds located at the Mall of the Emirates. They have a special vegan based iftar a la carte menu which starts off with a cheese entree made of almond and cashew pulp to end your fast. With vegan omelettes, rice wraps and even a black bean and sesame burger, you can also try out moussaka (fire roasted vegetables, pumpkin bechamel, confit lemon, parsley, capsicum salad). There’s a scrumptious vegan dessert menu for the sweet toothed, that includes lemon and berry compote cake and buckwheat waffle with caramelized coconut ice cream. Dishes starting from Dh40 onwards, iftar begins at 7pm and runs until 2am. Call 050 478 1094 for more information.