1. Lebanon: A feast under the sea
Ibn Al Bahr, a seafood speciality restaurant at the Club Vista Mare brings the shores of Lebanon to Dubai. Their iftars include hot and cold mezzes such as fattoush, hummus, moutabal, and then take your pick from an assortment of the ocean’s main courses like sayadieh, fish biriyani, or fish curry, before finally diving into dessert. Dh125 per person. Iftar from sunset to 2am; call 04 5539575 or visit ibnalbahr.me.
2. Turkey: Turkish delights
With a buffet of over 200 dishes, the Turkish restaurant Kaftan at La Mer is all set to make your iftars this Ramadan unforgettable. With salty ocean breezes to compliment your meal, there is an array of meat grills, Turkish cheeses, yarpak sarma (traditional Turkish grape leaves stuffed with cinnamon infused rice and roasted pine nuts), kuzu dalma (lamb shoulder slowly cooked with dried fruits and rice), and many more to indulge in. From sunset to 2am, Dh190 per person; call 043446288 or visit kaftan-restaurant.com.
3. India: Sunsets and Bombay
Head onto to The Beach, JBR’s Bombay Bungalow as they’re ready to bring their zesty Indian flavour to your iftars this Ramadan. Sunset beaches and a set à la carte curated menu in tow, you can try out the Indian sub continent’s assorted kebab and tikka platter, tadka dhal or a vegetarian option of stir-fried greens and finish off with a dessert platter. Dh110 per person and beginning from sunset until 2am; call 8006928779 or visit bombaybungalowdxb.com.
4. Morocco: food for the soul
Bab Al Mansour brings live calligraphy and royal Islamic architecture along with their delicious Moroccan iftar buffet and an à la carte suhoor to you at Downtown Dubai. Enjoy the classic plum tajine, harira soup served with Moroccan breads, and a lot more of authentic cuisine this Ramadan. Dh220 per person including, refreshing beverages and Dh110 for children between six-12 years; call 043509440.
5. UAE: An evening in the past
Revisit Emirati past at Al Fanar’s nostalgically set iftar menu at Yas Mall. With rustic architecture and ambience, slip back into the sixties when UAE was still just a fishing town by indulging in salatat jarjeer, saloonas, and scrumptious desserts such as, leqaimat, khabisah , sagoo or ferni. With daily iftars until 1am, Dh116 per person, Dh58 per child between 4 & 12 years old, free for children under 4 years old; call 02 877 2272 or visit alfanarrestaurant.com/alfanar-yasmall.
6. South Africa: Get grilled
Chicken for everyone to go around at Galito’s All You Can Eat Chicken at Yas Mall; a great choice if chicken is your go-to at restaurants. Enjoy a dash of South African flavour this Ramadan with Galito’s offer of unlimited grilled chicken along with sides of hummus, pita bread and soft beverages. Dh59 per person, delivery from 12:00pm, restaurant dining from 7:00pm until 12:00am; call 02 643 8221.
7. Thailand: Asia in a plate
Relish in South East Asian cuisine at Sontaya (meaning sunset in Thai) at The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort with a tasty range of dishes from Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand – all served together as a platter on a banana leaf. With views of the Saadiyat beach in display, you can enjoy your sontaya iftar with a variety of delicacies for two to share at Sontaya. From May 1-31, Dh 425 for two persons, from sunset until 11pm; contact 02 498 8888 or email email@example.com.
8. Brazil: Meaty feasts
The Churrascaria Iftar at Texas De Brazil is a Brazilian meat-lovers iftar, with a wide selection of main offerings and sides with plenty of juices and soft drinks to choose from. All-you-can-eat meats and salads that can liven up your taste buds this Ramadan at the outlet in The Mall of the Emirates. Dh219 per person, everyday sunset onwards; call 04 379 2447.
9. France: A French affair
Bonjour! The newest French bistro in Bluewater Island, Un Dimanche à Paris, has a four course set menu that will have you reaching for your berets this Ramadan. Starting off iftar with dates and beverages, you can then have your pick of soup, salads and then jump to main course with dishes such as steak et frites (roasted beef tenderloin served with French fries, grilled cherry tomatoes and mushroom sauce), or pave de saumon (grilled salmon filet served with spinach mashed potato and tomato vierge sauce). If you’ve got space for dessert, you can tuck into their signature dessert, the Tarte Litchi et Rose, a pink marshmallow dessert. Dh99 per person, serving from iftar time onwards; contact 04 5260843.
10. Italy: Treataly
Discover some fresh Italian flavour this Ramadan at Dubai Festival City’s Eataly. With two iftar menus; one for pizza and pasta (priced Dh79) and the other for main courses, like meat and fish (priced Dh99), Eataly’s got a spread that includes penne all’arrabbiata (penne with tomato sauce and chili flakes), margherita pizza, pollo alla cacciatora (braised chicken with tomato sauce and olives) and arrosota di carne (slow roasted meat served with mushroom sauce). From sunset onwards; contact 04 224 1083.