1. Something old something new
Flow at Jumeirah Emirates Towers has a ‘Neo-Bedouin’ Iftar which offers traditional Arabic food with hints of modern. All the food is healthy and organic made with fresh, local ingredients. Oozing warmth and comfort, sit beneath lanterns and relax on bean bags. After Iftar, the poetry recitals and Flow Talk Series will keep you entertained, plus there is an art exhibition you can browse through. From sunset-8.30pm from Sunday-Thursday at Dh85 per person, call 04 319 8767.
2. For a cocoa-tastic time
Chocolate fans head to Cocoa Kitchen where traditional dishes have been infused with cocoa, making them irresistible. Menu highlights include the slow-cooked lamb shanks with roasted Romano peppers and infused with 70% premium Cuban chocolate, blackened salmon with 65% Peruvian chocolate, Alto el Sol dark chocolate miso, cocoa nib tuiles and 100% cocoa ravioli with ricotta, parmesan. Chocolate-inspired throughout, the design of the industrial-like venue is inspired by an old chocolate factory. At Dh129, from sunset-9pm; call 04 343 2506.
3. For a unique Asian iftar meal
Wok Boyz has a steal meal deal. Priced at Dh39, you can get prawn or rice crackers, soup, tofu or spicy Korean wings, a customisable wok combo and a beverage! With dine-in, takeaway and delivery options, the deals can be purchased from 4pm-1am from Saturday-Wednesday and from 4pm-4am from Thursday-Friday; call 04 330 0060.
4. By the yard
Homegrown Homestead Restaurant provides a picturesque rural dining experience amongst the lakes and promise bridges at the Yard, Al Khawaneej. All the dishes on the Iftar set menu are prepared with fresh, healthy, local and organic ingredients that blend together Emirati, Indian, Persian and Middle Eastern cuisines. Don’t miss the grilled chicken with freekeh, harees, kanaad machbous and butter chicken. At Dh105, from sunset-9pm; call 800 466378323.
5. It takes three
TWO at Symphony, a new restaurant at Dubai Mall’s Fashion Avenue extension, has three exclusive Iftar offers. The Iftar Set Menu costs Dh129 per person and is valid for two guests. This menu consists of soup, starter, main course, water and coffee. The second deal, a dreamy dessert delight costs Dh47 and consists of filo cigars, halawa cream, hala sauce and ghazl. The third offer includes authentic gahwa and rahash, costing Dh49. From sunset-9pm; call 04 874 8672.
6. Keep calm and curry on
Smells from a collection of aromatic Indian dishes will waft through the air at Mahec by Satish Arora in Le Méridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre. Iftar costs Dh129 inclusive of juice and water, from sunset-9.30pm; call 04 702 2615.
7. Up above the world...
As the name suggests, Kris with a View at Park Regis Kris Kin Hotel provides panoramic views of the city like no place else. The Iftar buffet holds a variety of international favourites and live cooking stations. Costing Dh139 per person from sunset-11pm; call 04 377 1111.
8. Flavours from the far east
Head to Bao Wow for aromatic Asian street food. The Iftar a la carte menu features Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Taiwanese and Singaporean cuisine. Tuck into steamed gyoza with chicken that is served with dry ice, Singapore-style vermicelli noodles with pak choi and Nutella dim sum! From sunset-9pm at Dh95; call 04 342 7044.
9. Meal with a view
Accents Restaurant & Terrace InterContinental Dubai Marina has a delectable Iftar buffet with live music and mesmerising views of the Marina skyline. There are live dessert, pizza, pita and shawarma stations and a baba ganoush trolley – we’re sure it won’t just be the kids having a field day! The eclectic mix of food brings together Asian favourites like Thai green curry with traditional Arabic staples like hummus Beiruti. Dh165 for adults, kids aged 5-12 get a 50 per cent discount, children below five dine free and groups of ten and above pay Dh145 per person. From sunset-9.30pm; call 04 446 6669.
10. World on your plate
For an Iftar buffet with flavours from around the world head to Brasserie in Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort & Spa. Have your pick from the shawarma station, the al fresco charcoal grill, tandoor oven and plancha grill. Dh220, including juice and soft drinks, children aged 5-12 have a 50 per cent discount, children below five dine free and groups of 20 and above pay Dh190. From sunset-8.30pm; call 04 316 5550.
11. For an immersive experience
The Courtyard at Manzil Downtown has a festive atmosphere beneath Ramadan lanterns and to the sounds of an Oud player strumming away. The live cooking stations have ouzi, shawarma, saj and falafel. You will also enjoy the mezze options, grill skewers, kunafa, fruit platter and juices. Costing Dh195 inclusive of soft drinks and juice, Dh175 per person for groups above 10; children below six dine free and there is a 50 per cent discount for children between 6-12 years. From sunset-9pm; call 04 888 3444.
12. GIA Ristorante at Dubai Mall
The newly opened GIA Ristorante at Dubai Mall’s Fashion Avenue extension is offering two great Iftar packages. You can get an appetizer, green salad, main course and soft drink for Dh139. And if you’re looking for a sweet treat from a collection of selected desserts, there is a coffee and dessert offer for only Dh49. From sunset-9pm; call 04 2349986.
13. Al Mashowa
Al Mashowa has a delightful authentic Emirati Iftar menu spread in a venue designed according to cultural heritage. Included on the menu are dishes like harees, tahta diyay, marak khodar, lamb thareed, marak semach, fish foga, machbous lahm, kebab Emirati, kalaj, katayef and lgeimat. At Dh120 from sunset-9pm; call 04 5905455.
14. Big Chefs
Big Chefs has a Turkish Iftar set menu available in their JBR and Boxpark branches. You are welcomed with fresh dates, a traditional drink and homemade fruit sharbat. Then delve into homemade focaccia bread, warm soup and choose between seven main course dishes. At Dh115 from sunset-1am; call 04 5515302 (JBR) or 04 3478048 (Boxpark).
15. Vibe Restaurant and Wellness Lounge at The Retreat Palm Dubai MGallery by Sofitel
Looking for a healthy Iftar with wellbeing experiences? Vibe Restaurant and Wellness Lounge at The Retreat Palm Dubai MGallery by Sofitel provides you with a healthy Iftar buffet, in a serene setting, with live cooking stations and a BBQ. Costing Dh215, which is also inclusive of access to the Wellness Lounge where you can unwind and engage in one activity – deep sleep meditation, oxygen therapy or detox yoga. Alternatively, Iftar dining alone costs Dh165, with a 50% discount for children aged 6-12 and free dining for children below 12. Pay Dh130 per person for groups of 30 people and above. From sunset-9pm; call 04 5247777.
For Iftar, Zpizza, the UAE counterpart of the iconic Californian Laguna Beach outlet, offers a buy-one-get-one-free deal on all medium and large sized pizzas. Additionally, the Ramadan Family Feast consists of two medium sized pizzas, cheesy bread, zwings and two large soft drinks. The buy-one-get-one-free offer is available for delivery from 11am-5pm and dine-in from 10pm-2am. The Ramadan Family Feast costs Dh109 and is available for delivery throughout the day and dine-in from sunset onwards; call 04 3449800 (Al Barsha) or 04 2711151 (Business Bay).
17. Best of both worlds
The Marketplace and Town Square in JW Marriott Hotel Dubai, Al Muraqqabat has a lavish Iftar buffet spread. Catering to the preferences of you, your family and friends enjoy both local and International dishes. From sunset-9pm; costing Dh115 for adults, Dh50 for children between ages 5-12 and free dining for children below 5; call 04 4489044.
18. The suite life
Fancy having an Iftar meal onboard a cruise ship? With Queen Elizabeth 2 permanently docked at Mina Rashid, you can do just that. Dine in a majlis on the ship’s largest deck or at the newly-opened Lido restaurant. There is a lavish iftar buffet with live cooking stations and a sumptuous spread of Arabic cuisine.
Dh250 for adults, Dh125 for children below 12 and free dining for children below four. From sunset-9pm; call 04 5268888.
19. Scenic experience
Enjoy an iftar dining experience with views of the Arabian Sea from Ajman Hotel. The Ramadan Tent holds an iftar buffet with essentials like ouzi and saj along with live-cooking stations and live music from an oud player. From sunset-8.30pm; Dh145 inclusive of beverages; call 06 7145582.
20. Lap of luxury
How about an iftar in the lap of luxury at the waterside Bvlgari Majlis at Bvlgari Resort? An interior highlight is the specially designed Ramadan moon – a symbol of the holy month. Walk through over 130 years of brand history at the exclusive exhibition holding Bvlgari heritage pieces that have been brought all the way to Dubai. With live cooking stations, the iftar spread includes Italian and Arabic favourites such as gelato and umm ali. From sunset-9pm, adults pay Dh250 inclusive of food and drinks, those aged 12-16 dine for half price and children below 12 dine free. Call 04 7775433.
21. Dine with art
Al Fayruz Tent at Fairmont Ajman, named after a precious turquoise stone, is located in the beautifully landscaped Pearl Garden with picturesque Arabian Sea views. The Iftar food spread is traditional from the Levant region with dishes like ouzi and massaman beef curry in addition to seafood offerings. With the capacity to accommodate up to 200 guests, it’s where modern design meets traditional Turkish style. The tent is adorned with calligraphy works by Fatma Al Hammad which are on sale. Dh175 per person, from sunset to 9pm. Call 06 7015544
22. Waterside dining
QD’s provides enthralling views of Dubai creek and the skyline under a special Ramadan Tent. As you watch boats go by, savour favourites such as kibbeh, spinach fatayer, sheesh barak and lamb tajinon from the iftar buffet menu. From sunset-9pm. Adults pay Dh165; children Dh65; call 04 2054500.
23. Tantalising tradition
At the Hala Ramadan Tent at Hilton Abu Dhabi relish dishes like chicken moghrabieh, fish moussaka, lamb makloubeh and mahalabiya during iftar. From sunset-8.30pm, adults pay Dh240; children aged 6-12 pay Dh95; call 02 6924247.
24. Beachfront beauty
Sheraton Sharjah Beach Resort & Spa has a unique beachside tent. With live entertainment like a falcon show and camel ride, there is also a Ramadan market, access to the hotel’s gaming room (at an additional charge) and a dedicated kid’s tent providing fun for your little ones. The Iftar Menu offers Arabic dishes like saj, harees and thareed along with International food from India and the West. Dh145 per person, groups of ten people and above pay Dh130 per person. From sunset-9pm; call 06 5990088.
25. Royal splendour
The Royale Ballroom at Palace Downtown is the epitome of rich Arabic heritage. Indulge in traditional Arabic cuisine from sunset-9pm. Adults pay Dh225; bookings are open to a minimum of 100 guests. Children between 6-11 get 50 per cent off and children below 6 dine free; call 04 4238888.
26. Levantine love
With mouth-watering Arabic cuisine, Olea at Kempinski Mall of the Emirates is an iftar dining venue not to be missed. Enjoy Levantine cuisine with dishes like chicken maqlooba and lamb mansaf at the buffet while you soak up the sunset views. Dh210 per person for small groups, Dh195 per person for early reservations of groups of 15 people and above and Dh175 person for early reservations of groups of 50 people and above. For a one-of-a-kind Iftar experience, costing Dh650 per person, you can also book an Aspen Chalet with a private chef and views of the enchanting Ski Dubai. From sunset-8.30pm; call 04 4095999.
27. Mediterranean marvels
The iftar menu at the award-winning restaurant Marina Social at InterContinental Dubai Marina has dishes perfect for sharing with gatherings of family and friends. The Marina waterfront provides a beautiful backdrop as you tuck into their Mediterranean marvels including slow-cooked lamb, roasted seabass, lemon couscous or marinated chicken with lamb kebabs. Dessert, paired with a cup of tea, includes rice, date toffee and bread pudding topped with cream and roasted almonds. The two-course menu costs Dh160 and the three-course menu costs Dh210. From sunset-9pm; call 04 4466664.
28. Book nook
Intersect by Lexus has a resplendent three-course iftar menu with food from around the world with a generous helping of Arabic cuisine. The pillars stacked with books are an interior highlight not to be missed. From sunset-11pm, timings are flexible and reservations are only open for groups of 12 and above with Dh250 chargeable per person; call 04 3559524.
29. Ranch radiance
Ranches Restaurant at Arabian Ranches Golf Club is a great dining venue for the full family. With views of the lake and golf course, enjoy a delectable iftar. Dh159 for adults in groups of more than 15 people, Dh85 for children between 6-12 and free dining for children below 6. From sunset-8.30pm; call 04 360 7935.
30. For a captivating and colourful café experience
Counter Culture Café in Dubai Marriott Harbour Hotels and Suites offers a delectable Iftar with Arabic and International favourites. With live cooking stations, captivating, colourful and modern interiors, this café is a great dining destination. From sunset-9.30pm, adults pay Dh150, children aged 6-11 pay Dh80 and children below 5 dine free; call 04 3194000.