Ramadan is upon us so, whether you are looking for a traditional Iftar and Suhoor or something a little bit different here’s our pick of the best...
Towers Rotana. Flavours on Two at Towers Rotana Dubai has collaborated with Epicure Catering to make a difference and launch The Iftar Exchange, a charity campaign that starts at the beginning of Ramadan and lasts throughout the holy month. With every Iftar purchased from Flavours on Two at Dhs 139 per person, a contribution of one nutritional and hearty packaged Iftar box will be donated to less fortunate individuals at labour camps in Dubai, provided by Epicure Catering. Experience the true meaning of Ramadan and make a lasting contribution towards the joy of giving by breaking your daily fast with a memorable Iftar buffet of traditional Middle Eastern and international flavours. Call 04-3438000.
Dubai World Trade Centre. During the holy month of Ramadan, Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) invites you to experience authentic Middle Eastern hospitality at the Majlis, located in DWTC’s Za’abeel Hall 6. Enjoy a vast and delectable selection of the finest Arab cuisine, ranging from appetising starters and satiating mains to refreshing beverages and delightful desserts, all within a stylish Arabesque setting. The Majlis will host Iftar every day from sunset to 9pm for Dhs 150 per person. Suhoor will begin from 9pm until 3am on weekdays and until 4am on weekends. Call 04-3086322.
Le Classique. The award-winning restaurant at Emirates Golf Club will be serving a three-course menu for Iftar every day except Mondays. Chef Rami’s special menu includes delicious starters and main courses, followed by a sharing platter of traditional Arabic desserts. It is priced at Dhs 235 per person and includes unlimited soft beverages. Emirates Golf Club, Emirates Hills. Call 04-4179999.
Catch Dubai. Since its launch in 2015, this is the first year that the New York import will be offering its guests an Iftar menu. Diners can break their fast with dates, soup and a mezze platter followed by appetisers such as short rib tacos, crispy shrimp and Southern fried chicken. Mains include a choice between herb roasted branzino, Korean fried chicken, mushroom spaghetti and short rib. The finale is a s’mores pizza served with ice cream. The menu is priced at Dhs 200 and is available from 7pm to 9pm. Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road. Call 04-3571755.
Coya Dubai. This Ramadan, Coya Dubai continues its third year of association with the Humanitarian society to run a food drive. Coya’s employees, volunteers and even the guests prepare, package and deliver delightful dishes from Coya’s kitchen to each individual employee at the labour camps across Dubai. Open to all guests that would like to lend a hand, the drives will take place every Sunday and Wednesday as of the 28th May. Then enjoy a 4 course Iftar menu with a Peruvian twist to break the fast priced at Dhs 270 per person. Call 04-3169600.
Sapori Di Bice. This Ramadan Sapori Di Bice has the perfect alternative to the traditional Iftar - a delectable eight course Italian tasting menu with an Arabic twist for Dhs 168. Designed with sharing in mind, and featuring exclusive dishes for the month of Ramadan, Sapori di Bice have designed a mouth-watering menu combining Italian and Middle Eastern flavours. The little ones can get involved in kid friendly activities with a traditional flair from Ramadan themed cake pop decorating and crafting their own “Ramadan Kareem” or “Happy Eid” cards. Call 04-3442550.
Dubai Marina. Traditional in theme, Constellation ballroom at The Address Dubai Marina will host a grand buffet every evening during Ramadan. In addition to Emirati dishes such as robyan mashwi (grilled prawns), tekat deyay (chicken kebab marinated in Arabic spices) and luqaimat (sweet dumplings), the spread also includes international dishes, desserts and Ramadan juices. The meal will be set against the backdrop soothing tunes, courtesy a live oud player. Iftar is priced at Dhs 220 per person and is available from sunset to 9pm. The Address Dubai Marina. Call 04-4367777.
Sofitel Dubai Jumeirah Beach. A.O.C. French Brasserie’s Iftar features Arabic, Moroccan and Turkish cuisines as well as favourite dishes from all over the globe. Enjoy soothing melodies from the Santoor player and experience the traditional art of henna. The Iftar buffet is priced at Dhs 140 per person including Ramadan juices and water and is complimentary for children up to the age of 12 with two children free per paying couple and half price from 13 to 17 years old. The Suhoor set menu will be available daily from 10pm until 3am at Plantation Restaurant & Terrace. Choose an appetiser, soup, main course and dessert from the set menu for Dhs 70 per person. Call 04-4484733.
Jean-Georges Dubai. This Ramadan Jean-Georges Dubai, Four Seasons Jumeirah, are offering a delectable menu with a selection of starters, choice of one main course and a selection of desserts. Priced at Dhs 195. Call 04-3436118.
Mint Leaf of London. Located at the heart of DIFC in Emirates Financial Towers, Mint Leaf Dubai is the perfect place to spend time this summer, whether for a world-class dining experience or a casual after work catch up with friends and colleagues. Throughout Ramadan, Mint Leaf Dubai will continue its all-day dining from 12pm until late, with Iftar served daily from sunset and a Ramadan set menu available each evening. Iftar and Ramadan menu available from 7.30pm daily. Call 04-7060900.
JW Marriott Marquis Dubai. Indulge in a memorable Iftar experience at Al Fanous, the Ramadan lounge at the iconic Dubai Ballroom, accompanied by the soulful rhythms of live oud players. Priced at Dhs 199 per person, daily from sunset to 8.30pm. The Suhoor à la carte menu, with minimum spend applicable, is available from 9pm to 3am. Call 04-4143000.
Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort. Celebrate the holy month of Ramadan with sumptuous buffet dining at Crescendo, Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort. Discover a host of delicious feasting options to satisfy every appetite in a stylish setting with live kanoun entertainment. Begin with a truly traditional breaking of the fast with jallab, tamer hindi, kamer aldein, laban earan, karkadé juices and plain and stuffed dates. Classic Arabic family dishes of sambousek jebnih and mutabal sit alongside traditional oriental mixed grill including shawarma, kebab and garlic prawns. Finish on a sweet note with date pudding, Arabic sweets, kunafa cheese and umm ali. Priced at Dhs 185 per adult and Dhs 90 per child (6 to 12 years old). With every party of 10 adults, one person dines for free. Call 04-5678304.
Fairmont Dubai. The all-day dining restaurant, Cascades, will be transformed into a traditional tent under the hotel’s soaring atrium for Ramadan. From eight influential cuisines (The Arabian Peninsula, Egypt, former Ottoman Empire, Levant, Southeast Asia, Morocco, Persia and Mughal) prepared in time-honoured traditions and complemented by authentic Arabian hospitality, Cascades will serve the finest traditional fare in a true culinary style. The Iftar buffet from sunset until 9.30pm is priced at Dhs 210 per person, including Ramadan juices. Call 04-3325555.
Madinat Jumeirah. Pai Thai, Al Qasr Madinat Jumeirah, is offering a treat for the taste buds with its three-course special set menu during Ramadan. The three course set menu offers a selection of Thai specialities and is available from 6.30pm to 8pm for Dhs 250 per person for food only (minimum two people sharing). Call 04-4323232.
folly by Nick & Scott. Join Nick & Scott at their newly-opened Madinat venue and enjoy an intimate experience at the eight-seater open kitchen to observe the team up close and in full flow this Ramadan. The plates are conveniently sized, yet packed with flavour, and are ideal for sharing with your friends or family over the holiday. Available from 5pm to 11pm. Call 04-4308535.
Le Meridien Dubai. Celebrate Ramadan in the relaxed and family friendly Layali Zaman Majlis within the Falcon Ballroom. From sunset onwards, Layali Zaman will transform into a Middle Eastern oasis, for a peaceful, relaxing and memorable Ramadan. The Iftar buffet includes an array of interactive cooking stations, preparing delicious traditional Arabic and International favourites, as well as a lavish buffet spread that includes over 100 dishes. Prices start from Dhs 165 inclusive of Arabic juices and Dhs 85 for children aged from 6 to 12 years. Call 04-7022455.
Sheraton Dubai Mall of the Emirates Hotel. Enjoy a lavish Turkish Iftar, shop the night bazaar and relax with your favourite Turkish soap operas at Besh Turkish Kitchen. Enter the gates of Besh to the Ramadan Bazaar - a pop up night market featuring Turkish produce from jewellery, clothing, home décor and food produce. Open all evening, the bazaar allows you to take home a slice of Turkey, pick up items for Eid celebrations or purchase the ingredients of your favourite Besh dish to make at home. Iftar is priced at Dhs 120 per person for the first week of Ramadan and Dhs 145 per person thereafter. Call 04-3772353.
ENAB Beirut Dubai. Dubai’s new Lebanese restaurant, ENAB Beirut Dubai in City Walk is all set to celebrate their first Ramadan season with delicious Iftar and Suhoor offerings. The Iftar menu includes beloved traditional Lebanese dishes such as cold and hot mezze items, two main dishes, a dessert and soft drinks. For a late-night indulgence a set Suhoor menu in addition to the a la carte menu will be served each evening until 3am. Iftar is priced at Dhs 130 per person and Suhoor is priced at a la carte or Dhs 100 set menu per person. Call 04-3432702.
The Ritz-Carlton Dubai. The Ritz-Carlton’s Loulou’a ballroom will be transformed into a majlis decked with art pieces this Ramadan. Open for Iftar and Suhoor, Mamemo majlis will offer an extensive selection of dishes from Middle East, North Africa and Asia. The live stations will serve up favourites such as ouzi (lamb and rice), fatteh (a Levantine bread dish) and grilled meats. The Iftar buffet is priced at Dhs 220 for adults and Dhs 110 for children. Available from sunset to 8.30pm. Call 04-3186646.
Rüya Dubai. Rüya Dubai, Grosvenor House Hotel, invites you to celebrate Ramadan with its array of Anatolian style dishes to be shared and enjoyed with family and friends. There is an abundant selection of delicately prepared cold and warm starters such as Muhammara, Citir Kalamar, Borek and Pide. Followed by one of the mouth-watering main courses from the a la carte menu designed by Executive Chef Colin Clague, and finished off with a selection of sweat Turkish treats with a light and refreshing tea. The Ramadan menu is priced at Dhs 195 per person and is available daily from sunset until 9pm. Call 04-3999123.
Le Cirque Dubai. Located in the heart of DIFC the newly opened Le Cirque Dubai will be offering a choice of signatures dishes from a pre-set menu, with three starters, main dishes and desserts to choose from this Ramadan. Serving up classic French fare with an Italian twist, where taste and dining experience are paramount, the restaurant offers terrace views and a winter garden. Priced at Dhs 245. Call 04-3722444.
Punjabi By Nature. Punjabi By Nature’s, an authentic Punjabi restaurant located in Oud Metha, Iftar menu is set to host a wide variety of mouth-watering vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes with dollops of pure butter and ghee. Chef Vineet Kumar has created a menu that includes appetisers like Papdi Chaat and Bhatti Da Murg, main courses like Chicken Tikka and Fish curry and some delectable deserts like Mango Shrikand and Gulab Jamun. The Ramadan menu is priced at Dhs 59. Call 04-3966044.
Hyatt Regency Dubai. Enjoy Iftar at Al Dawaar, Dubai’s only revolving rooftop restaurant, Hyatt Regency Dubai. Al Dawaar will feature a lavish buffet along with spectacular panoramic views of the sea, the creek and the city. The buffet will include traditional Ramadan delicacies, beverages and Emirati dishes for Dhs 180 per adult including traditional Ramadan drinks and Dhs 90 per child (aged 6 to 12 years). Call 04-2096887.
Conrad Dubai. Conrad Dubai’s family friendly Iftar at Ballarò is a great place to break the fast and embrace the spirit of Ramadan. Priced Dhs 160 per person. Call 04-4447111.
Atlantis, the Palm. Reform Social & Atlantis, the Palm’s official Iftar will be hosted in the glamorous ballroom Asateer, one of Dubai’s most famous and beautiful Ramadan tents. At Dhs 210 guests can enjoy an Iftar buffet from 6.30pm until 8.30pm, for a minimum spend of Dhs 160. The Suhoor a la carte menu will be on offer from 9pm until 2.30am. At Nobu guests can enjoy the regular a la carte or opt for the special Iftar menu at Dhs 270 per person. Call 04-4262626.
QD’s. Boasting views of Dubai’s skyline and the creek, QD’s air-conditioned Ramadan serves Iftar buffet-style with options including soups, traditional hot and cold Arabic mezze, Middle Eastern and international main courses, delicious desserts and traditional Arabic sweets. Diners will also be served juices and dates. Suhoor will be available from 8pm onwards. The Iftar buffet is priced at Dhs 160 for adults and Dhs 65 for children (aged 6 to 12). Available from sunset to 9pm. Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, Deira. Call 04-2956000.
Lapita, Dubai Parks and Resorts. Break your fast this Ramadan at a unique and Polynesian inspired restaurant Kalea. Enjoy an extensive Iftar buffet featuring Ramadan special juices, hot and cold mezze, appetisers, hot soups, mains and dessert. Priced at
Dhs 150 per adult, Dhs 75 for children aged 4 to 12 years. Call 04-810 9999.
DUKES Dubai. DUKES Dubai, the quintessentially British, five-star hotel on Palm Jumeirah, is marking the holy month with a carefully curated menu of traditional favourites including juicy dates, Arabic mezze and indulgent sweets. Iftar and Suhoor will be served at the hotel’s signature brasserie-style outlet Great British Restaurant (GBR), which boasts a dramatic setting overlooking the Gulf, with a live oud player enhancing the authentic ambience. Iftar will be served from sunset until 9pm and is priced at Dhs 175 per person including soft beverages, or Dhs 145 per person for groups of 10 or more. Suhoor, served from 9.30pm to 2.30am, will be offered à la carte. Call 800-833007.
BiCE Ristorante. Italian ristorante BiCE, Hilton Dubai Jumeirah Beach, is welcoming family and friends to enjoy a special Iftar offering, with an Italian twist. From sunset, families and friends can enjoy a gastronomic sharing concept three-course menu featuring tasty starters, appetising mains and delicious desserts. The Iftar three-course menu is priced at Dhs 150. Call 04-3182520.
Intercontinental Dubai Festival City. Enjoy the finest culinary treats of Ramadan, with an intimate and private Iftar dining experience in a Presidential Suite. Catered to by personal butlers, groups of up to eight people will be treated to an exquisite menu of Arabic delights from sunset including dates, hot and cold mezzeh, biriyani and mashawi, all washed down with fresh fruit beverages. Priced at Dhs 550 per person based on a group of 8 people and Dhs 3,200 for the signature Iftar experience including a one night stay for 2 adults and 2 children. Call 04-7011127.
Gaucho Dubai. Iftar is a time to get closer to family and friends and to bring communities together, and Gaucho Dubai is offering the means to do exactly that with an Argentinian flair and a heavenly hunger diminishing three-course Iftar menu. The Iftar menu is priced at Dhs 199 per person. Call 04-4227898.
JW Marriott Marquis Dubai. For an Iftar with a difference, Rang Mahal by Atul Kochhar will host a sumptuous Iftar with 11 dishes celebrating the heritage of Indian cuisine infused with a modern twist. Atul’s ethos is showcased through his use of fresh and sustainable ingredients, resulting in an authentic yet excitedly modern Indian cuisine, reflecting the culinary diversity of his native country. Priced at Dhs 325 per person with a la carte options available after 8pm.
Flooka. Combining the freshest seafood and stunning views, Flooka has long been a dining favourite. For Ramadan, the team has created a stunning Iftar buffet featuring all the highlights from Flooka’s extensive fish-focused Mediterranean menu. Changing weekly, the feast will include everything from hot and cold mezzes to king prawns fresh off the grill - plus unlimited soft drinks. Priced at
Dhs 150 per person including Iftar buffet, soft drinks and local water. Call Flooka Dubai 04-3461111 or Flooka Abu Dhabi 02-4418244.
Nassima Royal Hotel. Celsius Restaurant at Nassima Royal Hotel in Dubai, has unveiled its exclusive Ramadan nights with a traditional menu crafted by Executive Chef Hossam Abu Assi. Enjoy a wide selection of Arabic cuisines including Emirati, Lebanese, Syrian, Egyptian and Moroccan. There’s also an extensive spread addressing dietary concerns. Chef Hossam focuses on replacing high-fat dishes with fresh and light foods such as vegetables, herbs and dairy products. Ingredients including olives, thyme, tomato slices, chickpeas and beans that are free of fat and calories have been incorporated into the dishes. The Iftar buffet is priced at Dhs 169 per person including soft beverages. Call 04-3080000.
Address Dubai Mall. From sunset, enjoy an irresistible Iftar buffet experience at Na3Na3 at Address Dubai Mall. Savour authentic Middle Eastern flavours with their extensive menu of traditional delicacies, desserts and Ramadan beverages including juices, Arabic coffee and Moroccan tea. A delightful buffet of international and traditional Arabic specialties along with house beverages will be offered after 8.30pm, so make sure you save some of your appetite. Iftar is priced at Dhs 240 per person, Dhs 120 per child (aged 6 to 11 years) and free for children aged 5 years and below. Call 04-4388888.
Millennium Airport Hotel Dubai. Enjoy an Italian Iftar set menu during Ramadan at the Italian Trattoria Da Vinci’s, Millennium Airport Hotel Dubai. Savour the delicious Iftar set menu with a mix of Ramadan specialties and Italian flavours for the price of Dhs 120 per person from sunset to 8pm daily. Call 04-7028888.
Ramada Downtown Dubai. Celebrate the holy month of Ramadan at the heart of the city with a delightful Iftar feast at Kenza Restaurant, Ramada Downtown Dubai. Break the fast with a delicious range of traditional dishes including kebab selection, lamb ouzi and your favourite Arabic desserts and assorted dates. Kenza’s Iftar buffet is affordably priced at Dhs 149 per person including Ramadan drinks. Call 04-3039472.