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.
31. Sweet temptations
For a traditional iftar spread take your family and friends to The Marketplace and Zabeel Ballroom Tent at Marriott Hotel Al Jaddaf Dubai. It also guarantees to satisfy your sweet tooth with its mouth-watering desserts. From 6.30pm to 9pm, costing Dh179 for adults, Dh90 for children aged 6-12 and free dining for children below 6; call 04 3177777.
32. Glittering elegance
Fancy dining in an elegant ballroom? At Al Fanous at Dubai Ballroom, JW Marriott Marquis Dubai you can do just that in a glittering setting with gorgeous interiors and a great selection of food. From sunset-8.30pm, costing Dh215 for adults, 50 per cent off for children between 6-12 and free dining for children below 6; call 04 4143000.
33. Turquoise, Rixos Premium Dubai
You can sail through Byzantium (metaphorically, of course) at one of these Turkish iftars. The iftar buffet at Turquoise, Rixos Premium Dubai’s all-day dining restaurant has a lavish spread of traditional Turkish staples. Choose from hot and cold mezze, soup, salad and meat dishes. From Dh199 per person, sunset to 9pm; call 04 520 0333.
34. TRYP by Wyndham
The TRYP by Wyndham’s all-day dining restaurant Local is a delight to the eyes – thanks to its elegant décor – as well as the tastebuds with tas kebabi (meat stew) and sis tavuk (shish taouk). There are three set iftar menus that start from Dh99 per person. Children aged six to 12 get a 50 per cent discount and children below six dine free. From sunset to 9pm; call 04 457 3715.
35. Kaftan Turkish Cuisine and Fine Art restaurant
At Jumeirah’s Kaftan Turkish Cuisine and Fine Art restaurant, add Ottoman opulence to your iftar buffet with elaborate dishes such as eight-hour slow-cooked lamb, testi kebab, and 25 different desserts. From 7-9pm and Dh190 per person; call 04 448 9505.
36. Nama’stay and eat here
Bombay Brasserie at Taj Dubai has created a special three-course set menu for iftar that comprises Indian eats, live grill stations and some international options too. Dh195 per peson, from 6.45-9pm; call 04 438 3222.
At JBR’s highly-instagrammable Bombay Bungalow, it’s not just the venue that’s picture perfect; the Indian-inspired iftar includes a fresh fruit and dates platter, salad and a tikka platter, butter chicken and lamb rogan josh with stir-fried greens and dal, biryani and a dessert platter. Dh110 per person, call 800 692 8779.
37. Food from the Far East
Cantonese cuisine is the highlight at Royal China, DIFC’s iftar spread. There’ll be sesame prawn toast, crispy duck with pancakes and sautéed prawns in a fiery red chilli sauce. Dh268 per person, from sunset to midnight; call 04 354 5543.
Ramusake has a grand four-course iftar sharing menu that two people and above can tuck into. Menu highights are the steamed seabass and Japanese dishes like tuna sashimi pizza and nasu dengaku. From 6.30-8pm, at Dh199 per person; call 04 559 5300.
39. Pai Thai at Al Qasr Madinat Jumeirah
Pai Thai at Al Qasr Madinat Jumeirah has an unlimited three-course iftar menu perfect for sharing with family and friends. Thai dishes such as Thai green curry and sate gai along with healthy and vegan options await guests. At Dh250 person, from sunset-11.30pm; call 04 432 3232.
40. Caribbean calling
Miss Lily’s at Sheraton Dubai has a three-course set menu for iftar. Tuck into Carribean dishes like ackee moutabel with bonnet beef and chicken patty pie. This colourful, contemporary and upbeat restaurant has bangin’ tunes too. At Dh190, from sunset-1am; call 04 356 2900.
41. Taste of italy
Iftar is bellissimo at the Armani/Ristorante. Savour delicious pasta, risotto, pizza and other favourites amidst the company of friends and family. Dh290 per person, from sunset to 11pm; call 04 888 3666.
42. A Latin affair
Scrummy Argentinean cuisine awaits at Asado’s iftar at the Palace Downtown. The succulent meat cuts are freshly prepared on a parilla which is an open grill at the heart of the restaurant. Add to that, unrivalled views of the Dubai Fountain and Burj Khalifa, an unforgettable dining experience indeed. From sunset to 9pm; Dh255 per person, children between six to 11 get 50 per cent off and children below six dine free; call 04 888 3444.
43. Poco Loco
Relish lavish Latin American dishes at Poco Loco. The a la carte iftar menu brings together cuisines of Peru, Venezuela, Mexico and Japan. Tuck into mouth-watering tacos, nachos, burritos, enchiladas, fajitas, churros
and the sweet Cuban delight. with views of Ain Dubai. At Dh75, from 7pm-1am; call 04 456 2081.
44. Chival Global Social at La Ville Hotel & Suites Dubai
Looking for a location that’ll leave you speechless, and for healthy food that’ll delight even the pickiest tastebuds? Look no further than Chival Global Social at La Ville Hotel & Suites Dubai. As the sun sets over the Dubai skyline and candles are lit, an air of sophistication transcends the atmosphere at Chival. Savour an indulgent feast of traditional dishes served direct to your table and delight in their serene and tranquil atmosphere. At Dh195 per person, Dh95 for kids up to 12, free for kids under six, from 7pm-9pm.
45. Dallah Lounge at Emirates Golf Club
Dine at Dallah Lounge at Emirates Golf Club for something that's far from your average iftar. Customize your experience by choosing between extensive seating options so you'll be comfortable no matter how large your party. Savour their exclusive collections of rich soups and fresh fruits to whet your appetite and move on to their signature dishes like penne Neapolitan and lamb oozi from their live cooking stations. To wrap up your meal, delight in their selection of signature Arabic sweets from across the region like kunafa, shouaybiat cream and killaj. When you're finally sated, end the night by retiring to the mezzanine level for post-iftar drinks and bonding time with friends and family. Dh140 (for iftar), from sunset to 9 pm.
46. Wholesome experience
Soak up the rich Emirati culture and heritage with Shaikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding at Houses 26 and 47 at Al Fahidi District. Iftar is held in the wind-tower house’s courtyard. Offering a true iftar experience at its essence, the evening starts with the Athan (call to prayer), then progresses to the breaking of the fast together with Emirati hosts. You can ask questions during iftar and even visit the Diwan Mosque. From 7-9pm every day except Friday, public iftar costs Dh185 per person. Private iftar for bigger groups can also be accommodated; call 04 353 6666.
47. Tasty traditions
With live Oriental music, Liwan restaurant at Swissôtel Al Ghurair has Arabic delicacies like lamb ouzi, mixed dolmas, hareesh, chicken freekeh, mandi, khunafa and halawet bil jibn. Priced at Dh139 inclusive of juices, soft drinks, coffee and tea, children aged 6-12 have a 50 per cent discount and children below six dine free. From sunset-9pm; call 04 293 3000.
Al Falak Ballroom at Burj Al Arab has a traditional Arabic iftar buffet. The design of this plush ballroom was inspired by a Viennese opera house and has been decked out in Arabesque design exclusively for Ramadan. As you dine and make merry, the music of a live Badri band will surround you. Dh255, from sunset-9pm; call 04 301 7600.
Hanaaya at Jumeirah Mina A’Salam is an elegantly designed restaurant with Arabic decorative flare. With delectable dishes in the traditional Arabic iftar buffet menu, you will definitely leave happier than when you came in as Hanaaya means happiness in Arabic! From sunset-8.30pm, at Dh195; call 04 4323232.
50. Modern twist
The iftar buffet at the Asateer Tent at Atlantis The Palm has traditional Emirati food with a modern twist and some European classics. Delve into the lamb kibbeh, Arabic mixed grill, Bread Street Kitchen’s shepherd’s pie and Ronda Locatelli’s porcini mushroom risotto. The Asateer Tent is one of the largest in the region with a seating capacity for over 1000 people. There are also games and PlayStations providing entertainment for gaming enthusiasts. Dh220 for adults and Dh110 for children aged 3-12. From 7-8.30pm; call 04 426 2626.
51. Tantalising flavours
Flavours at Hilton Al Ain has an iftar buffet with cuisines from Asia, Europe and the Middle East. Savour the hot and cold Arabic mezze, soups, salads, pastries, sweets and more from the live cooking stations. Dh120 for adults, Dh60 for children between 6-11 and free dining for children below 6. From sunset-8.30pm; call 03 706 7006.
52. Poolside lovin’
Enjoy an iftar meal by the pool at 3in1 at Vida Downtown. You can also put your feet up and relax in a cabana as you dig into the traditional Arabic iftar menu which changes every 3 days. Dishes featured include lamb ouzi, chicken shish taouk, chicken mloukhieh, dajaj mashwi, fish harra, lamb Dawood bahsa and kofta khashkhash. Italian desserts have an Arabic twist – don’t miss the karak chai pannacota and baklava crème brûlée. From sunset-10pm at Dh180 per person, there’s 50 per cent off for children between 6-12 and free dining for children below 6; call 04 8883444.
53. Luminscent experience
Al Bahou at Mövenpick Hotel Ibn Battuta Gate has an iftar menu influenced by Ibn Battuta’s extensive travels across Asia, Morocco, Italy and India. Tuck into appetising dishes like lamb ouzi and fatteh as you are surrounded by 88 Arabic lanterns and listen to the sounds of traditional Oud music. Dh180 for adults, 50 per cent off for children between 7-12 and free dining for children below 7, from sunset-9pm; call 04 444 5613.
54. Right house
Chef’s House at Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Media City has an Arabian iftar buffet. Delve into mezze dishes like hummus akary, fatteh bill laban with meat and main courses like lamb ouzi and oriental rice. From sunset-9pm, at Dh159 with 20 per cent off for groups of 10 and above; call 04 3669131.
55. Mediterranean magnificence
Relish regional recipes at Armani/Mediterraneo. The iftar Menu is rich in flavour with a host of dishes from the Mediterranean region. The décor is simple yet chic with dark brown leather chairs and wooden panelled floors. From sunset-10.30pm, at Dh250; call 04 8883666.
56. Teeming with tradition
Skye & Walker at Marriott Executive Apartments Dubai Creek offers a traditional Arabic Iftar buffet experience all around. As you delight in food favourites enjoy the piped Ramadan music. Dh85 for adults, Dh 42.50 for children between 6-12 and free dining for children below 6. From sunset-9.30pm; call 04 2131000.