Connector March 2024

CONNECTOR.AE 3 Welcome Welcome to the March issue of Connector, where the air is filled with the promise of pleasant weather and the vibrant pulse of UAE’s events scene is in full swing.As we embrace the spirit of community and togetherness, we present a lineup of mustattend events happening across the city, offering something for everyone to enjoy. In the spirit of Ramadan, we explore the city’s most captivating Iftars, offering a culinary journey that celebrates tradition and innovation alike. And for pasta aficionados, we’ve curated a list of ten pasta spots that promise to tantalise your taste buds with authentic flavours and creative twists. Sports enthusiasts, mark your calendars for the Dubai World Cup 2024, where the city’s elite gather for a day of thrilling horse racing and unparalleled entertainment. As the Holy Month of Ramadan approaches, our guide offers essential dos and don’ts to ensure a fulfilling and respectful experience for all. On the health front, we delve into the world of intermittent fasting, shedding light on its correct implementation and the myriad benefits it offers. Meanwhile, our education segment decodes the importance of communication skills in schools, empowering students for success in an interconnected world. Beauty aficionados, prepare to be dazzled as we uncover the secrets of Hydrafacial, a revolutionary treatment promising glowing, radiant skin. Indulge in the ultimate relaxation experience with our roundup of luxury spas in Dubai, offering a sanctuary of serenity amidst the bustling city. In an exclusive interview, we sit down with Ebraheem Al Samadi, a true Dubai success story, as he shares insights from his journey as a young founder to becoming an icon in the city’s business landscape. Lastly, for our readers navigating the legal landscape, our article provides invaluable guidance on understanding tenant eviction rights in Dubai. Join us as we celebrate the essence of the UAE – a melting pot of culture, innovation, and endless possibilities. Chris Nicolaides Concord Tower, PO Box 126732, Dubai Media City, Dubai, 04 454 9826, Contents of this publication are copyright. No material may be reproduced without written permission. Notice and disclaimer. The material used in this publication is intended to be used for informational purposes only. A sincere effort has been made to report accurate information. However, one or more recognised authorities in health and nutrition may hold different views than those reported therein, and the reader is so advised. This publication is not meant to be an endorsement of any specific product or services offered. Yogita Chainani Vishakha Ramchandani Welcome

CONNECTOR.AE 5 Decoding The Importance Of Learning Communication Skills In Schools 44 Headphones To Purchase In UAE Right Away 60 Intermittent Fasting: The Correct Way To Do It, Importance And Need What Is a Hydrafacial? How It Works, Benefits, And More 48 54 Contents 7 Monthly Events Dubai World Cup 2024: Here’s What You Must Know Ramadan 2024 Guide: Dos And Don’ts During The Holy Month Luxury Spas In Dubai To Visit ASAP For All The Luxe Vibes Understanding Tenant Eviction Rights in Dubai Iftars You Cannot Miss In Dubai In Conversation with Ebraheem Al Samadi: From 14-Year-Old Founder To Dubai’s Business Icon Chef’s Corner: Akmal Anuar Ten To Try: Pastas A round up of all the major events this March 13 14 62 58 18 66 39 14 18 28 42 Welcome

CONNECTOR.AE 7 Out And About 3>HS‡3gr‡} >>g # - . /0124 56 01 7gH gH 3>HS‡3r‡} >>g 69 Art Dubai, the largest cultural event in the Middle East, is back for its 17th edition at Madinat Jumeirah from 1 to 3 March. Showcasing contemporary and modern art from over 400 artists across 40 countries, the event features sections like Contemporary, Modern, Bawwaba, and Digital. From workshops for children, to talks, education programs, conferences, and installations, there’s something for everyone. Tickets start from Dhs 100 at the Madinat Jumeirah Conference and Events Centre. OUT & ABOUT Two months have already passed in 2024, but in the UAE, the fun has just begun. Enjoy Tom Jones At Saadiyat Nights 1 March Visit Art Dubai 1 to 3 March Don’t miss the legendary singer Tom Jones as he takes the stage at Saadiyat Nights, an enchanting open-air concert series on Saadiyat Island, on 1 March. With a career spanning over six decades, Tom Jones continues to captivate audiences worldwide with his timeless talent and charisma. Renowned for his hit songs and enduring popularity, he remains one of the greatest singers of all time, selling over 100 million records. Tickets for this iconic performance start from Dhs 245. 1 2 As we go through March, the country is all set to enthral you with its stellar line-up of artists, events and performances. And if you are looking forward to attending some events in March, Connector has got you covered with its ultimate guide. Read on.

CONNECTOR.AE 8 CONNECTOR.AE 9 Out And About Out And About Check Out The Amr Diab ‘Makanak’ Album Tour Enjoy Rewind Fest DXB Atif Aslam Live Enjoy John Legend At Saadiyat Nights 1 and 2 March 2 March 2 March After a successful show in 2023, Rewind Fest DXB is back at Bla Bla Dubai on 1 and 2 March 2024. Get ready to rewind to the 80s with headliners Scottish soft rock band Wet Wet Wet, along with other acts like ABC, Midge Ure, The Real Thing, Heather Small, Chesney Hawkes, Odyssey, Bjorn Again, Disco Inferno, and From the Jam. Both days will feature the same lineup, ensuring nonstop entertainment with live performances, DJ sets, and karaoke. Tickets start from Dhs 399. Get ready for an unforgettable musical event as Atif Aslam performs and is set to take over Dubai’s Coca-Cola Arena on 2 March. Fans of Atif Aslam can expect a dazzling show filled with a blend of culture, nostalgia, and musical excellence, accompanied by the melodious Firdaus Orchestra, a visionary all-women ensemble featuring 26 musicians. The versatile singer will treat his fans to his soulful melodies of popular numbers like ‘Pehli Dafa’, ‘Jeena Jeena’, ‘Dil Diyan Gallan’ and more. For tickets, though the bronze and silver tickets, priced at Dhs 100 and Dhs 150, are sold out, you can opt for other tickets starting from Dhs 250. Get ready for an unforgettable performance by the talented John Legend in Abu Dhabi on 2 March. Famous for hits like ‘Conversations In The Dark’ and ‘All Of Me’, John Legend will grace the stage at Saadiyat Nights on Saadiyat Islands. Tickets start from Dhs 295 for this exceptional musical experience. With 12 Grammy Awards and numerous other accolades, Legend’s EGOT-winning talent promises an evening of soulful melodies and unforgettable performances. 2 March Experience the magic of Amr Diab’s ‘Makanak’ album live on 2 March at Etihad Arena, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi. Tickets start from Dhs 275 for this highly anticipated event. Don’t miss the chance to witness Amr Diab’s electrifying performance and immerse yourself in his latest album’s captivating melodies. Check Out Dubai International Boat Until 3 March For over twenty years, the Dubai International Boat Show has been a premier marine event in the region. Taking place until 3 March, it will showcase luxurious super yachts and top leisure crafts at Dubai Harbour. Visitors can admire boats along the pier and explore cutting-edge yacht technology and design. Whether you are a buyer or exhibitor, it’s an essential event for networking and discovering the latest offerings in the market. Tickets start from Dhs 45. Maritime Heritage Festival 2024 Until 3 March Experience the charm of traditional coastal life at the Maritime Heritage Festival in Abu Dhabi. Until 3 March, immerse yourself in a historic shoreline community with inspiring crafts, storytelling, performances, and traditional cuisine. Discover the sea’s healing bounty and trading legacy through weaving, navigation, net-casting, and more. Enjoy family workshops, souqs, games, arts, and nightly shows. Tickets start from Dhs 30 for this enriching cultural event at Abu Dhabi Corniche. 3 5 6 7 8 4

CONNECTOR.AE 10 CONNECTOR.AE 11 Out And About Out And About Get ready for an extraordinary event as the iconic Soviet rock band, Kino performs at Dubai’s Coca-Cola Arena in celebration of Viktor Tsoi’s 60th anniversary. Experience the magic of Kino’s greatest hits, including ‘Blood Type’ from the album ‘Gruppa Krovi’, featuring the original vocals of singer Viktor Tsoi and the legendary members of the band, Alexander Titov, Igor Tikhomirov, and Yuri Kasparian. Be prepared for an unforgettable show with captivating video performances, dynamic lighting, and breathtaking visual effects. Tickets are available starting from Dhs 279. Join The Unity Run Kevin Hart Live Kino Live 3 March 4 March 7 March KevinHart, the renownedAmerican comedian and actor known for his enthusiastic delivery and impeccable timing, is all set to bring his rib-tickling stand-up show to Dubai at CocaCola Arena for one night only. Get ready to laugh from start to finish, as Kevin Hart will leave you in splits with his unique brand of humour and delve into his insecurities and life experiences in the most hilarious ways. Tickets start from Dhs 295. 9 10 11 Khalid Live 8 March Khalid, the multi-platinum-selling global sensation who earned a spot on Time’s Most Influential People list in 2019, will perform in Dubai for the first time at Coca-Cola Arena on 8 March. Khalid has been nominated for seven GRAMMYS and has won numerous awards including, six Billboard Music Awards, three American Music Awards, a Teen Choice Award, an MTV Video Music Award, and an MTV Woodie Award. Concert goers can look forward to dancing to his hits like ‘OTW’, ‘Lovely’ and more, with tickets starting from Dhs 299. Andre Rieu And His Johann Strauss Orchestra 9 March Experience the enchantingmelodies of André Rieu and his Johann Strauss Orchestra at Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Arena, Yas Island, on 9 March. Known for his romantic and joyful performances, Rieu’s concerts feature classical masterpieces, waltzes, show tunes, and more. With elaborate costumes, dazzling light shows, and audience participation, Rieu’s concerts are a hit with all ages. Tickets start from Dhs 215. Watch The Phantom Of The Opera Until 10 March Experience the timeless tale of ‘The Phantom of the Opera’, based on Gaston Leroux’s classic novel, set in 19th-century Paris. Follow the mysterious Phantom as he becomes infatuated with the talented soprano Christine, leading to a captivating story of love, jealousy, and obsession. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s award-winning musical has enchanted audiences worldwide with over 13,900 Broadway performances. Celebrating 37 years since its London debut, tickets start from Dhs 350 for this mesmerising performance. 12 13 14 Join The Unity Run at Expo City Dubai’s Al Forsan Park on 3 March, promoting inclusivity and supporting People of Determination. Choose from 3km, 5km, or 10km distances. Enjoy food, entertainment, and music at Unity Village, opening at 6.30am. People of Determination enter for free with a SANAD Card and one companion. Others can register online with a registration price starting from Dhs 50.

CONNECTOR.AE 12 CONNECTOR.AE 13 Out And About Out And About Mahmoud El Tohamy Live Masha And The Bear Live Enjoy Queen By Candlelight 14 March 30 March Experience the enchanting melodies of Sheikh Mahmoud El-Tohamy at the Louvre Abu Dhabi. Known as the ‘Sheikh of Egyptian chanters,’ he blends classical Arabic chanting with diverse musical cultures. In his concert, ‘The Carpenter’s Daughters’, he presents renowned poems. Tickets start from Dhs 50 for this captivating musical event. Experience a live musical journey with Masha and The Bear like never before. Join these characters on an adventure suitable for the entire family, where you’ll explore the wonders of the forest and meet its charming inhabitants. Accompanied by the Panda, Tiger, and Penguin, Masha and The Bear will embark on a worldwide train journey, uncovering the true essence of hope, dreams, and the importance of friendship. Catch the show on Saturdays and Sundays, with two performances at 12.30pm and 3.30pm. Tickets are available starting from Dhs 55. Experience an unforgettable night of Queen anthems performed by candlelight at Etihad Arena, Yas Island. Featuring talented West End singers and a rock band, this concert brings Queen’s iconic songs to life like never before. From ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ to ‘We Are The Champions’, enjoy classic hits in a unique setting. Don’t miss this spectacular show guaranteed to rock you! Tickets start from Dhs 95. 16 17 15 16 and 17 March Since its inception in 1996, the Dubai World Cup has been a symbol of grandeur and excitement, constantly raising the bar in the world of horse racing. In 2023, Japan’s Yuga Kawada won the exciting $12 million Dubai World Cup atop the formidable Ushba Tesoro, continuing the tradition of breathtaking performances and high-stakes competition. And now, in 2024, the Dubai World Cup is set to attract top horses and jockeys from more than 19 countries. The 2024 edition promises to be an unforgettable showcase of skill, speed, and sportsmanship with esteemed partners such as Emirates, DP World, Gulf News, Al Tayer Motors, Longines, Azizi, District One, Mubadala and CNN International. Taking place at the Meydan Racecourse, the Dubai World Cup will have a total prize money of $30.5 million up for grabs across nine exhilarating races. Among the highlights is the marquee Dubai World Cup race, boasting a staggering prize of $12 million, making it one of the richest races in the world. Event gates open at 1pm on March 30, with tickets starting at Dhs 20. Options include: General Public admission for Dhs 20, featuring outdoor grandstand seating and a food court on the Mezzanine Floor; Apron Views stand for Dhs 295, offering outdoor ambiance and participation in Style Stakes competition; Food and beverage packages starting at Dhs 595, with dining and unlimited beverages. Experience the Sky Bubble Iftar while enjoying the exciting atmosphere of the Dubai World Cup for Dhs 595 during Ramadan. Premium options include The Gallery brunch for Dhs 950, Premium level 1 for Dhs 1,500, and Terrace level 2 for Dhs 2,200. VIP packages start at Dhs 3,800, while Private suites start at Dhs 4,900. Book tickets on the Dubai Racing Club’s website - Dubai World Cup 2024: Here’s What You Must Know Get ready! The prestigious Dubai World Cup is making its grand return at Meydan Racecourse on 30 March 2024, promising a thrilling blend of sporting prowess and social extravaganza.

CONNECTOR.AE 14 CONNECTOR.AE 15 Lifestyle Lifestyle Ramadan 2024 Guide: Dos And Don’ts During The Holy Month The Holy Month of Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, holds significant importance and during this sacred time, Muslims worldwide observe fasting from sunrise to sunset, refraining from eating, drinking, and smoking. The Holy Month of Ramadan also serves as a reminder of divine guidance and spiritual reflection. And for non-Muslims wondering how to engage during Ramadan, Connector has compiled a list of dos and don’ts to observe during this holy period. Dos And Don’ts For Dressing During Ramadan During Ramadan, it’s best to practice modesty. While there aren’t specific rules for how to dress, it’s important to be considerate of your surroundings. For instance, if you’re visiting a mall, park or public space where many people are fasting, it’s respectful to cover your knees and shoulders. Avoid wearing inappropriate or tight-fitting clothing in public areas, remember, modesty is a must during this Holy Month. Dos And Don’ts At Workplace During The Holy Month Dos: • Be thoughtful of fasting individuals; avoid scheduling meetings close to prayer times or late in the afternoon. • Opt for mid-morning conferences or ask if virtual meetings are preferable during Ramadan. • Respect the fasting period; abstain from eating or drinking in office during daytime, except in designated areas. • Strengthen business relationships by organising corporate Iftars for employees. • Help your colleagues if they are fasting and share the load if possible. Don’ts: • Schedule meetings near prayer times or late afternoon, disrupting fasting schedules. • Refrain from offering food or drinks in meetings as a sign of respect to those fasting. • During online meetings, do not eat or drink while the camera is on to maintain respect for fasting individuals. • Avoid wearing revealing or short clothing. • Avoid unnecessary conversation with fasting employees as their mouths may be dry, and they cannot drink water. • Do not refuse invitations to Iftar gatherings; attending strengthens relationships and shows respect for the occasion.

CONNECTOR.AE 16 CONNECTOR.AE 17 Lifestyle Lifestyle Dos And Don’ts For Drinking And Eating In Public Dos’ And Don’ts On How To Behave Around Muslims During Ramadan Ramadan Phrases To Know For The Holy Month Dos: • Accept food and drink offered during Iftar as a sign of respect and friendliness. Dos: • Try fasting for a day to understand the experience of Muslim friends and colleagues. • Exchange Ramadan greetings, such as ‘Ramadan Kareem’, to show respect and goodwill. • Participate in charitable activities by donating to Ramadan camps and charity organisations. • Join Muslim colleagues for Iftar to break the fast together and experience Dubai’s excellent Iftar offerings. • Consider attending an at-home Iftar or cooking Iftar meals with friends or family. Don’ts: • Abstain from eating, drinking, smoking, or chewing gum in public during daytime to show consideration for those fasting. • Avoid consuming water at the gym and private beaches during fasting hours. • Practice self-restraint when consuming food and beverages in your car, ensuring the interior is not visible. • If seen eating or drinking publicly by mistake, apologise and avoid repeating the error, as Ramadan emphasises patience and forgiveness. Don’ts: • Avoid playing loud music or swearing in public, as it may offend those who are fasting. • Refrain from getting into arguments or fights, as Ramadan is a time of peace and serenity. • Avoid public displays of affection, as it can be considered inappropriate during Ramadan. • Be mindful of using strong language or making jokes that could be deemed inappropriate for fasting Muslims. • Use headphones instead of playing music loudly, especially during prayers or the call to prayer, out of respect for the Holy Month. Suhoor: Avoid playing loud music or swearing in public, as it may offend those who are fasting. Iftar: After sunset, Muslims break their fast with Iftar, typically starting with a date, and share this meal with family or community after the evening prayer. Zakat al-Fitr: Zakat al-Fitr, also known as the Charity of Breaking the Fast, is obligatory during Ramadan, reflecting the Islamic principle of charity to those in need. Eid al-Fitr: Eid al-Fitr marks the end of Ramadan and the beginning of Shawwal, the 10th lunar month. Muslims celebrate with traditional festivities, including food, drink, and prayer.

CONNECTOR.AE 18 CONNECTOR.AE 19 Dining Around Dining Around Iftars You Cannot Miss In Dubai The Holy Month of Ramadan is a time for prayer, family bonding, and acts of kindness. Lasting 29 to 30 days, Ramadan is celebrated by Muslims worldwide. Each day begins with Suhoor, a pre-dawn meal, and ends with Iftar, the breaking of the fast after sunset. Typically, Iftar commences with dates followed by a hearty meal with loved ones. During this period, numerous restaurants in Dubai offer diverse Iftar options, catering to fasting individuals, residents and tourists. Whether you seek to break your fast amidst the warmth of family and friends or wish to partake in the Ramadan spirit, Connector is here with an extensive guide to some of Dubai’s amazing Iftar experiences. For Ramadan, Hakoora in Downtown Dubai is offering an Iftar menu at View by Hakoora, an outdoor venue boasting scenic views and modern elegance. During Iftar, you will be welcomed with dates and signature drinks like ayran and tamarind. The culinary journey continues with lentil soup, cold appetisers, and hot appetisers featuring unique flavours. Mains include dishes like sea bass sayadieh and lamb kabsa, followed by a tempting dessert platter. Priced at Dhs 140 per person, the Iftar is available from sunset to 9pm. 052-3847320 Enjoy an elegant Iftar experience at The Restaurant in Address Dubai Mall, offering a warm and inviting ambience. Feast on a lavish buffet featuring a variety of taste sensations, from labneh with avocado to kibbeh bil laban and barbecue delights. Refresh with Ramadan juices like jallab and tamarind, and satisfy your sweet tooth with desserts like black forest cake. Available daily throughout Ramadan from sunset until 8.30pm, the Iftar buffet is priced at Dhs 285 per person, with a 50% discount for children aged 6 to 12. 04-4368888 Iftar Set Menu At Hakoora Sheikh Zayed Road, Downtown Dubai, Business Bay Iftar Buffet At The Restaurant Sumosan Dubai introduces an exclusive Iftar experience blending traditional flavours with contemporary Japanese cuisine. Priced at Dhs 210 per person, the set menu includes dates, soup, starters like chicken meatball skewers and rock shrimp tempura, and sushi options like crunchy salmon cream cheese Roll. For mains, grilled boneless chicken thighs, the Sumosan signature 24-hour miso marinated black cod and more are ready to treat your taste buds. Located at The Dubai Edition Hotel, Downtown Dubai, the Iftar menu promises warmth and togetherness during Ramadan. 04-3884540 Iftar At Sumosan Dubai

CONNECTOR.AE 20 CONNECTOR.AE 21 Dining Around Dining Around Experience the essence of Ramadan with Purani Dilli at Four Points by Sheraton Sheikh Zayed Road! Delight in their exclusive Ramadan Iftar Buffet priced at Dhs 129 per person. From 6.30pm to 9pm, relish a variety of mouthwatering dishes, immersing yourself in the rich flavours of traditional Indian cuisine. 056-4142213 Enjoy a stunning Ramadan experience at Novikov Café’s terrace overlooking Burj Khalifa lake and the Dubai Fountain show. Throughout Ramadan, savour a specially crafted three-course sharing menu featuring lentil soup, grilled prawns, baby goat with pilaf rice, lamb shoulder with couscous, and warm date cake with caramel sauce. Iftar at Novikov Café, Fashion Avenue, Dubai Mall is priced at Dhs 440 for two people and will be available daily from sunset to 8.30pm. 04-3200209 SLS Hotel and Residences in Business Bay has launched an opulent Iftar affair. Priced at Dhs 225 per person, you can enjoy an exquisite buffet on the hotel’s 75th floor, with stunning views of Dubai’s skyline. Delight in a variety of meze before indulging in dishes like lamb ouzi and Arabic mixed grill. The menu also features maqluba, a classic rice dish. Enjoy soulful melodies from an Oud player as you dine. 04-6070757 Iftar Buffet At Purani Dilli 3-Course Sharing Iftar Menu At Novikov Café Iftar At SLS Hotel And Residences Local, located inside The First Collection Waterfront, Business Bay, is offering visitors a lavish Iftar experience for Dhs 165 per person. At Local, indulge in an array of dishes promising satisfaction and rejuvenation. Local offers a relaxing retreat with an intercontinental spread featuring lentil soup, okra stew with lamb shank, and a delightful kunafa station. Available daily from sunset to 9pm, the offer is priced at Dhs 165 per person. 04-5426666 Iftar At Local, The First Collection Waterfront This Ramadan, KATA in Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai, invites you to savour a memorable Iftar blending contemporary Japanese cuisine with Arabic traditions. Priced at Dhs 125 per person, the three-course meal is available daily from sunset till late evening at KATA. From traditional walnuts and dates to truffle lentil soup, and fattoush, there’s a lot to indulge in. With stunning Burj Khalifa and fountain views, you can relish starters like chicken yakitori skewers, mains including lamb shank or Japanese spicy chicken, and desserts like date pudding or matcha tiramisu. 052-6177070 At ME Dubai’s Central Restaurant in Business Bay, Ramadan brings a blend of tradition and innovation with a carefully crafted Iftar menu. Priced at Dhs 199 per person, you can enjoy delicious dishes in the restaurant’s elevated ambience, fostering togetherness. From traditional delights to modern creations, the menu promises a gastronomic journey celebrating Arabian heritage with sophistication. Available from sunset to 9.30pm, it’s an opportunity to indulge in culinary delights while surrounded by loved ones. 04-5252500 Celebrate Ramadan at Punjab Grill in Anantara Downtown Dubai with two enticing Iftar menus throughout the Holy Month. Enjoy the Dhs 150 Iftar menu from 7pm to 8pm, featuring a lighter fourcourse meal including amuse-boushe, appetiser, three mains, rice, breads, and dessert. For a grander affair, opt for the Dhs 250 Ramadan special menu from 8pm to 11pm. Indulge in a lavish 5-course experience with liwa dates sambusek, veg pakora, bohra lamb khurdi shorba, kebab platter, assorted mains and desserts. Elevate your Ramadan celebrations with the royal touch of Punjab Grill. 050-1941107 Iftar At KATA Dubai Mall Iftar Delights At Central Restaurant Iftar At Punjab Grill Sheikh Zayed Road, Downtown Dubai, Business Bay Sheikh Zayed Road, Downtown Dubai, Business Bay

CONNECTOR.AE 22 CONNECTOR.AE 23 Dining Around Dining Around The Artisan, an elegant Italian restaurant at The Waldorf Astoria in DIFC, lets you enjoy its special Ramadan Iftar menu for Dhs 165 per person. With a charming ambience and delightful dishes, it is ideal for sharing with loved ones during this Holy Month. Enjoy dishes like datteri, taralli e ricotta, a blend of dates, apulian taralli, homemade ricotta, and caramelised walnuts. For dessert, savour the signature cannoncini, a crispy pastry roll filledwith fresh cream. Available throughout Ramadan, this sharing-style menu is perfect for two people. 04-3388133 The Millennium Plaza Downtown Hotel is set to celebrate the togetherness and tradition of Ramadan at the Al Jumairah Ramadan Majlis. Featuring a special Iftar buffet with three rotating menus, you can enjoy a variety of dishes from hot and cold mezze to international salads and live cooking stations. Experience this unforgettable Iftar for Dhs 199 per adult on weekdays and Dhs 249 on weekends, with special rates for children. Hotel Indigo Dubai Downtown invites you to embrace Ramadan with art, celebration, and community at the Open Sesame social eatery with an ultimate Iftar buffet. Indulge in traditional and contemporary delights like Arabic mixed grill, penne alfredo, and chicken biryani. Sip on refreshing Arabic juices and teas while enjoying the vibrant atmosphere. From ‘Streets of Al Seef’ inspired art to live food stations, this design-led hotel promises a memorable affair from sunset to 10pm at Dhs 185 per person, with children aged 6 to 12 enjoying a 50% discount. 056-4227120 Iftar At The Artisan Iftar at Millennium Plaza Downtown Hotel Iftar Buffet At Open Sesame Social Eatery Perched on the 122nd floor of the iconic Burj Khalifa, At.mosphere in Downtown Dubai offers an enchanting setting for Ramadan. With breathtaking views and great ambience, it promises an unforgettable dining experience. As the sun sets, you can enjoy a feast featuring mezze, salads, French classics, a raw bar, and more. Traditional and contemporary dishes blend harmoniously, accompanied by live oud music. Culinary highlights include wagyu short ribs and braised baby lamb. Available throughout Ramadan, Iftar is priced at Dhs 550 per person from sunset till 9pm. 04-8883828 Indulge in an extraordinary ‘Under the Stars’ Iftar experience at Zenon Restaurant, Downtown Dubai. With celestial artworks illuminating the indoor space and an open-air terrace, you will be treated to a visual feast. Break your fast with dates and a choice of lentil or miso soup, followed by meze options like hummus and tomato salad. For mains, savour classic kibbeh or burnt eggplant, and end with traditional pastries. The Iftar is available throughout Ramadan from sunset to 9pm for Dhs 295 per person. 04-8377222 Iftar At At.mosphere Under The Stars Iftar Experience At Zenon Dubai’s latest hotspot, The Lana, Dorchester Collection in Marasi Drive, Business Bay, is set to embrace the spirit of Ramadan with unforgettable Iftar experiences. Throughout Ramadan, the hotel’s ballroom will be transformed into a space adorned with modern elegance and oriental accents, offering a feast for the senses. Executive Chef Oliver Jackson is curating a culinary journey featuring a buffet-style Iftar, showcasing Arabic, Asian, Indian, and Italian cuisines. Live food and drink stations, including traditional Arabic sweets and signature dishes from MICHELIN-starred chefs, complement the immersive atmosphere. Iftar is priced at Dhs 395 per person and will be available throughout Ramadan from sunset to 8.30pm. 04-5417755 Iftar At The Lana Sheikh Zayed Road, Downtown Dubai, Business Bay Sheikh Zayed Road, Downtown Dubai, Business Bay

CONNECTOR.AE 24 CONNECTOR.AE 25 Dining Around Dining Around LPM Restaurant and Bar Dubai, located at Gate Village No. 8, DIFC, has launched a special Iftar menu for Ramadan, offering an array of Mediterranean flavours perfect for sharing with loved ones. Available daily from 6pm to 8.30pm at Dhs 265 per person, the four-course meal includes soup, dates, shared starters, a main course, dessert, and side dishes. Enjoy starters like burrata with cherry tomatoes and warm prawns, and mains like homemade rigatoni pasta end your meal with cassata with fresh raspberries or the classic crème brûlée. 04-4390505 Clap Dubai, located in DIFC Gate Village, has launched an exclusive Iftar menu for Ramadan. Available daily from sunset until 7.30pm, the menu blends tradition and innovation seamlessly. Priced at Dhs 275 per person, the journey begins with traditional dates, dried figs, and apricots, followed by a refreshing miso soup and seasoned edamame. The Iftar feast also boasts a sushi and salad section offering dishes like shrimp tempura rolls, shiitake mushroom rolls, and tomato burrata salad. For mains, you can try dishes like Clap chicken katsu, black cod miso and more. 04-5693820 Jun’s, located in Downtown Dubai is offering a specially curated menu for Ramadan. Available in vegetarian and non-vegetarian options, the Iftar feast promises an authentic blend of flavours. Start your meal with a refreshing mocktail and fresh dates, followed by corn miso dashi soup and a mezze sharing platter with Arabian delicacies. Family-style main courses include chicken claypot machboos and Jamaican Chinese lamb neck. Finish with decadent desserts like luqaimat. It is available daily throughout Ramadan, from sunset until 8pm, at Dhs 250 per person. 04-4576035 Iftar At Clap, DIFC Indulge Essence Of Ramadan With Jun’s’ Iftar Menu Iftar At LPM Restaurant And Bar Dubai, DIFC Jumeirah Emirates Towers becomes Downtown Dubai’s top Ramadan spot with its al fresco RamadanMajlis and Iftar offerings. Enjoy panoramic views of the Museum of the Future while enjoying menus inspired by the UAE’s landscapes. Iconic Iftars feature sustainable buffets of seasonal ingredients against the stunning backdrop of the Dubai skyline. This Iftar experience is available from sunset until 8.30 pm, priced at Dhs 315 for adults and Dhs 176 for children. 04-3300000 Iftar At Jumeirah Emirates Towers Amelia located in Address Sky View, Downtown Dubai, has launched an exclusive Iftar set menu, inviting you to a lavish dining experience. From sunset to 9pm, indulge in Japanese and Peruvian cuisine with Mediterranean twists at Dhs 295 per person. Begin with dates, corn soup, and guacamole with plantain chips. For mains, relish pollo asado, Machu Picchu wagyu tenderloin and more. End on a sweet note with passion yuzu cheesecake or chocolate pelota. 04-3282805 Canal Central Hotel in Business Bay is offering a soulful Ramadan experience at La Cruise Restaurant. As the sun sets over Dubai’s skyline, indulge in an exquisite Iftar featuring a blend of international and Arabic flavours. Delight in authentic mezze and slow-cooked stews while basking in the serene ambience of the open terrace overlooking the Dubai Canal and Burj Khalifa. Ramadan at La Cruise Restaurant is more than a meal, it’s a celebration togetherness. Iftar will be available throughout Ramadan from sunset to 10.30pm for Dhs 159 per person. 04-8732100 Revier Dubai Hotel, situated in Business Bay, embraces the spirit of R a m a d a n with Swiss elegance, presenting an extravagant Iftar buffet at Alphorn restaurant for just Dhs 119, inclusive of beverages. Throughout Ramadan, savour a diverse open buffet featuring Arabian and international cuisines for a memorable experience. Available daily from Iftar time till late, it’s the perfect setting to gather with loved ones or colleagues in the heart of Business Bay. 058-1093740 Iftar At La Cruise Restaurant Iftar At Alphorn Restaurant, Revier Dubai Hotel Experience Enigmatic Iftar At Amelia Dubai Sheikh Zayed Road, Downtown Dubai, Business Bay Sheikh Zayed Road, Downtown Dubai, Business Bay

CONNECTOR.AE 26 CONNECTOR.AE 27 Dining Around Dining Around Dubai Marina, JBR And JLT Dubai Marina, JBR And JLT Café Society at Tamani Hotel Marina, Dubai Marina, is offering a lavish Iftar buffet at Dhs 165 per person, Dhs 85 for children aged 7 to 12, and free for children under 7, throughout Ramadan from sunset till 8pm. Embrace Ramadan’s divine spirit in the art deco glamour of Café Society with cultural dishes and signature desserts. Groups of over 10 enjoy one complimentary Iftar buffet. Experience unity and gratitude in a memorable Iftar that celebrates the communal joys of Ramadan at Café Society. 04-3183755 Bombay Bungalow at The Beach Mall in JBRWalk is offering an Iftar feast at just Dhs 110 per person throughout Ramadan. The evening starts with Arabic coffee, fruit platter, and dates, followed by lentil soup and fattoush with tamarind chutney. Starters include mushroom empanada, black lemon and cardamom mutton, afghani chicken tikka, and dahi ke kebab. The main course features Bombay Bungalow’s biryani and curry of the day with assorted bread. End your Iftar feast with dessert like Dessert is tres leches cake and more. 800-6928779 Experience authentic Turkish, Lebanese, and Moroccan cuisines at Asil, located at Rixos Premium Dubai, JBR. Adorned in Ramadan decor with stunning views of Ain Dubai, Asil has henna artists and traditional music to celebrate the festive spirit. Enjoy a set menu bursting with flavour, including daily-changing cold and hot mezze, pastries, and main courses like the Asil grill platter and daily specials. End with delightful desserts like Turkish kunefe and umm ali, accompanied by Moroccan tea. Available throughout Ramadan from sunset to 7.30pm, the set menu is priced at Dhs 230 per person. 04-5200055 Celebrate Iftar At Bombay Bungalow Iftar At Asil Lavish Iftar Buffet At Café Society Discover the rich flavours of Ramadan at Shamiana, the acclaimed Indian restaurant located on the lobby floor of Taj JLT. Throughout Ramadan, indulge in a royal culinary experience featuring a fusion of Middle Eastern, Mughlai, and Hyderabadi cuisines. Enjoy a diverse menu showcasing kebabs, biryanis, assorted baklavas, and more for Dhs 175 per person. The Iftar buffet will be available from sunset until 9pm, offering a lavish spread complemented by select Hyderabadi beverages. 04-5741111 Counter Culture Café at Dubai Marriott Harbour Hotel and Suites, Dubai Marina, is organising a heart warming Ramadan experience. Indulge in a vibrant Iftar buffet featuring traditional and international delights, including soups, mezze, antipasti, dim sums, pasta, kebabs, shawarmas, and decadent desserts with dates, nuts, and refreshing Ramadan juices. Iftar at Counter Culture Café offers soft beverages and Arabic juices for Dhs 175 per person, available from sunset to 9pm. 04-3194000 This Ramadan, escape to the serene Grand Garden Lawn at Habtoor Grand Resort, Autograph Collection in Dubai Marina. Experience a Grand Starlit Iftar dining affair under the stars, surrounded by lush greenery and twinkling lights. Indulge in live cooking stations featuring Arabian delights, refreshing beverages, and delectable desserts. Enjoy live entertainment in this magical setting. Priced at Dhs 190 per person from sunset to 8.30pm, throughout Ramadan. 04-3995000 Indulge In A Royal Ramadan Feast At Shamiana Iftar At Counter Culture Café Grand Starlit Iftar At Habtoor Grand Resort, Autograph Collection

CONNECTOR.AE 28 CONNECTOR.AE 29 Dining Around Dining Around Palm Jumeirah Palm Jumeirah Experience the essence of Ramadan at LIV, W Dubai, The Palm, with Iftar starting from Dhs 249 per adult. Indulge in authentic Arabic cuisine amid LIV’s captivating ambience, offering a diverse selection of international and Arabic dishes. From spinach fatayer to Arabic mix grill, and maamoul desserts, every palate is catered to. Available throughout Ramadan from 6.30pm to 8.30pm, you can enjoy the feast of flavours with loved ones. 04-2455800 ForRamadan, TheStrand isofferingaMediterraneaninspired Iftar menu in Palm Jumeirah. Start your feast with lentil soup, Moroccan harira, or chorba bayda with warm Arabic bread. Enjoy appetisers like beef kibbeh and sambousek with cumin labneh. For mains, choose from slow-roasted lamb, chicken Kabsa, grilled sea bass, or Halloumi skewers. End your Iftar on a sweet note with saffron milk cake or date nut cheesecake for dessert. The Iftar feast is priced at Dhs 150 per person and will be available throughout Ramadan at The Strand in Palm Views West. 04-4302221 Maui, located in Sofitel Dubai the Palm, Palm Jumeirah, is offering a delightful Iftar experience throughout Ramadan. Indulge in the finest Arabic and continental cuisine amidst the stunning beachside ambience, with ocean views from the terrace. Feast on a lavish buffet featuring cold and hot mezzeh, live cooking stations offering lamb ouzi and Arabic mixed grill, and a delectable array of desserts like basboosa and baklava. Available daily from sunset to 9pm, priced at Dhs 210 for adults and Dhs 105 for children aged 6 to 12, with complimentary entry for children under 6, the buffet also offers free-flowing Ramadan-inspired juices. 04-4556677 Iftar At LIV, W Dubai, The Palm Iftar At The Strand Iftar At Maui Embrace the spirits of Ramadan at the renowned St. Regis Dubai, The Palm on Palm Jumeirah, with its Ramadan offerings. Cordelia Restaurant at St. Regis Dubai will host a lavish Iftar buffet showcasing authentic Arabic and Turkish cuisines. Prepared by skilled chefs, the spread includes soups, assorted mezze, and main courses, complemented by traditional Ramadan drinks. You can enjoy classics like lamb ouzi and grilled meats, along with refreshing fattoush salad and desserts such as pistachio baklava and umm ali. Join the feast at Cordelia Restaurant on Podium 3 throughout Ramadan, from sunset until 8.30pm, priced at Dhs 225 per person. 056-6889885 Atlantis, The Palm brings back its iconic Asateer Tent for Ramadan, hosting up to 1,400 guests nightly. Featuring Royal Majlis, and VIP Majlis overlooking the Arabian Sea, it caters to all preferences. For Iftar, the buffet is priced at Dhs 270 on weekdays, and Dhs 290 on weekends, inclusive of water and a variety of Ramadan juices. Freshly made with dates, dried fruit, grape molasses, and apricots, they offer something for every palate. Available from sunset till 8:30pm. 04-4262626 Iftar Buffet At Cordelia Restaurant, St. Regis Dubai Experience an authentic Iftar with loved ones at Rixos The Palm Dubai Hotel and Suites at A La Turca and Turquoise. Start with appetisers like hummus and meat kibbeh, then savour main courses such as orman kebab and hammour sayadieh. Don’t miss the live station serving roast chicken and oriental rice. End on a sweet note with umm ali and date pudding, accompanied by Ramadan beverages. The buffet is available throughout Ramadan from sunset until 10.30pm for Iftar and is priced at Dhs 275 per person. 04-4575555 Iftar Buffet At A La Turca And Turquoise Iftar In Asateer Tent At Atlantis, The Palm

CONNECTOR.AE 30 CONNECTOR.AE 31 Dining Around Dining Around Experience the essence of Ramadan at Crescendo, Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort’s all-day dining venue. Indulge in a lavish Iftar spread featuring Arabic and international delicacies crafted by their expert chefs. Dine amidst serene beachfront surroundings, either on the outdoor terrace or indoors. Feast on mezze, lamb ouzi, seafood, and more. Prices start at Dhs 230 per person, inclusive of selected beverages, with children aged 6 to 11 dining for Dhs 100. 04-5678304 Enjoy a delightful Iftar experience daily at Great British Restaurant, Dukes The Palm, a Royal Hideaway Hotel, from sunset until 8pm. For Dhs 190 per person, relish an extensive buffet featuring both International and Arabic cuisines, along with refreshing juices, Arabic coffee, or Moroccan tea. Children aged up to 5 years dine for free, while those aged 6 to 11 can enjoy the feast for Dhs 90. 04-4551111 For the Holy Month of Ramadan, Koko Bay in West Beach Palm, is letting you enjoy a memorable Iftar by the beach. Throughout the month, indulge in a sharing-style menu starting with soups, appetisers, and salads. Feast on grilled meats, Asian dishes, and exotic maki rolls. Seafood lovers can enjoy fresh prawns, lobsters, and octopus. End the meal with tempting desserts, including a sharing platter of tropical fruits, cheesecake, and mochis. Inspired by Bali’s beaches and offering a blend of Far East Asian and European cuisines, Koko Bay promises a unique Iftar. 04-5723444 Iftar Buffet At Great British Restaurant Iftar At Koko Bay Iftar At Crescendo Palm Jumeirah Jumeirah, The Greens, Barsha Heights And Barsha Celebrate Ramadan at Sheraton Mall of the Emirates Hotel with an extravagant culinary journey at Besh Turkish Kitchen. Indulge in a themed Iftar buffet featuring flavours from Turkey, the Middle East, and Asia. Enjoy delights like mezze, salads, sides, grills, and sweet treats. Priced at Dhs 175 per person and Dhs 90 for children aged 6 to 12. 04-3772353 Enjoy Turkish And Arabic Iftar At Besh Turkish Kitchen Indulge in a delightful Iftar buffet experience at The Local, located in TRYP by Wyndham Dubai, Barsha Heights. Available daily from sunset until 10pm, feast on a scrumptious selection featuring lamb ouzi, shish tawook, and umm ali. Priced at Dhs 179 per person, this Iftar buffet promises a memorable culinary journey that celebrates the spirit of Ramadan. 04-2476630 Korma Sutra in Al Barsha 2, welcomes Ramadan with an Dhs 129 Iftar Menu. Enjoy traditional dates and Ramadan juice, followed by cold and hot appetisers, main courses, and desserts. The ambience features rainforest-inspired décor across two floors. Available from sunset till 8pm, Iftar highlights include tabbouleh salad, lamb hummus, sriracha chicken wings, grilled fish, and pistachio baklava with vanilla ice cream. 04-2859906 COYA Dubai at the Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach has an exclusive Iftar menu, blending Peruvian flavours with traditional Ramadan dining. Available daily from sunset to 8.30 pm, priced at Dhs 295 per person, the four-course meal includes dates, guacamole, soups, shared starters, a main course and a dessert. 04-3169600 Iftar At Korma Sutra Iftar At COYA Dubai Iftar Buffet At Local Restaurant

CONNECTOR.AE 32 CONNECTOR.AE 33 Dining Around Dining Around Jumeirah, The Greens, Barsha Heights And Barsha Jumeirah, The Greens, Barsha Heights And Barsha Conveniently situated in Barsha Heights, The Atrium at Grand Millennium Dubai lets you savour the Ramadan spirit with an exceptional Iftar buffet daily from sunset to 9.30pm. The venue offers a grand setting, complemented by diverse international and oriental dishes from 8 cuisines. Featuring live cooking stations, the buffet promises an immersive dining experience with prices starting from Dhs 259 per person. 04-4299999 This Ramadan, enjoy a lavish Moroccan Iftar at 365 Restaurant, Novotel Dubai Al Barsha. Guest Chef Maria Merouane, a skilled private chef from Marrakesh, has a specially curated buffet menu celebrating the rich culinary traditions of Moroccan cuisine. Indulge in sumptuous delights every day from sunset to 10pm at Dhs 160 per person. Experience the exotic flavours and warm hospitality of Morocco right here in Dubai at 365 Restaurant. 04-3049000 For Ramadan, Beefbar at Turtle Lagoon in Jumeirah Al Naseem has launched an exclusive Iftar menu. Available throughout Ramadan from 6pm to 8pm, the Dhs 250 per person 4-course set menu features Beefbar’s signature dishes. Enjoy soup, dry fruits, starters like rock corn and quesadillas, main courses including ginger sea bass and lemon chicken robata, and desserts of the day. Beverages such as water, soft drinks, tea, coffee, and a special Ramadan mocktail, Hadiqat Al Ward, are also included. 04-4232238 Iftar Buffet At The Atrium In Grand Millennium Dubai Moroccan Iftar At 365 Restaurant Special Iftar Menu At Beefbar SEVA Table in Jumeirah 1 lets you embrace the tranquillity of Ramadan with its curated plant-based Iftar Sharing Menu. Start with sweet dates and premium marinated olives, followed by a refreshing rosewater and pomegranate sparkler. Indulge in creamy soup, rich dips, and a nature intended salad. For mains, enjoy kofta tahini and fragrant saffron-brown rice and end your meal on a sweet note with plant-based kunafa. Experience this nourishing meal for Dhs 129 per person when booked for a group of five or more throughout Ramadan from sunset to 8:30 pm. 056-5342899 Throughout Ramadan, Suq, located in Four Seasons Dubai in Jumeirah 2, will offer an authentic Iftar buffet experience inspired by Islamic traditions. Indulge in a lavish spread inclusive of Ramadan juices, Arabic coffee, and Moroccan tea, accompanied by live entertainment. Prices range from Dhs 410 per person, Dhs 395 for group bookings, to Dhs 205 for children aged 6 to 12, with complimentary dining for children under 5. Join Suq from sunset to 10pm for an unforgettable culinary journey. 04-2707777 Healthy Iftar At SEVA Table Savour the essence of Ramadan tradition at M One Restaurant, located at Millennium Place Barsha Heights with a delectable Iftar experience. Enjoy a feast featuring hot and cold mezze, succulent slow-roasted lamb ouzi, freshly prepared shawarma and falafel wraps, live grill delights, and an assortment of traditional Arabic sweets and desserts. Quench your thirst with refreshing Ramadan juices, soft drinks, and still water. Available daily from sunset to 9pm at Dhs 159 per person, with kids aged 7 to 12 priced at Dhs 79.50. 058-6060831 Iftar At M One Restaurant Vibrant Iftar At Suq, Four Seasons Dubai

CONNECTOR.AE 34 CONNECTOR.AE 35 Dining Around Dining Around Bur Dubai, Deira, Dubai Creek Bur Dubai, Deira, Dubai Creek Giardino at Palazzo Versace Dubai promises an extensive Iftar menu blending Middle Eastern and international flavours. The menu features live cooking stations offering kebabs, grilled meats, and lamb ouzi, along with salad and fresh juice stations. An island at the centre showcases mezze dishes and desserts for the ultimate feast. Iftar is priced at Dhs 250 per person, inclusive of Ramadan juices and house still water. Available after sunset until 8.30 pm, indulge in a culinary journey that celebrates the spirit of Ramadan at Giardino. 04-5568805 The Queen Elizabeth 2 Hotel in Port Rashid, Bur Dubai, introduces Iftar Al Malika for Ramadan. Iftar Al Malika will take place at Queen Elizabeth 2’s Lido Restaurant and offer a feast blending Arabic cuisine with popular international dishes, all carefully curated to delight the taste buds. The one-of-a-kind floating hotel will host the Iftar daily from 6.30pm to 9pm for Dhs 159 per person. Children aged 6 to 11 can enjoy this experience for Dhs 90, and those below six dine for free. From tantalising snacks and beverages to a lavish buffet spanning global cuisines, Iftar Al Malika promises unforgettable moments with loved ones. 04-5268040 This Ramadan, gather your loved ones at Hatta restaurant in Sheraton Dubai Creek Hotel and Towers for a memorable Iftar experience. Enjoy a lavish buffet featuring an enticing selection of Arabic and Mediterranean cuisine. Explore chef’s specialities like mezze platter and live carvery station, alongside other succulent dishes. The Iftar buffet costs Dhs 179 per person, with a special rate of Dhs 85 for children aged 6 to 12 years and complimentary dining for children below six. The Iftar spread will be available throughout Ramadan from 6.30pm to 8pm. 050-9731673 Iftar Al Malika At Queen Elizabeth 2 Hotel Iftar at Hatta Restaurant Iftar Buffet At Giardino, Palazzo Versace Dubai Experience a lavish Iftar feast at Chutney’s Restaurant in Movenpick Hotel and Apartments Bur Dubai for Dhs 189 daily from 7pm to 10.30pm during the Holy Month of Ramadan. Enjoy authentic North Indian flavours, including tandoor-cooked dishes, flavourful curries, and live barbecue stations. Enhance your evening with soothing music from a Qanun player, with Iftar priced at Dhs 189. 04-3366000 Experience the essence of Ramadan at Purani Dilli in Four Points by Sheraton Bur Dubai with their special Iftar buffet priced at Dhs 109 per person. From 6.30pm to 9pm, indulge in a variety of mouthwatering dishes and embark on a culinary adventure through traditional flavours and authentic Indian cuisine. 050-2116816 The Courtyard at Vida Creek Harbour hosts this delightful celebration from sunset until 9pm. Indulge in a buffet-style feast featuring authentic Middle Eastern dishes from various countries, complemented by Ramadan juices. Admire Dubai’s skyline as you unwind with modern Arabic tunes. Prices are Dhs 230 per person, with a 50% discount for children aged 6 to 11 and complimentary entry for children aged below six. 04-4288888 Iftar Delights At Chutney’s Restaurant Iftar At Purani Dilli Iftar At The Courtyard Celebrate Ramadan with family and friends at The Canteen in Aloft Dubai Creek. Nestled on the second floor, it boasts stunning views of Dubai Creek and the captivating scenery of old and new Dubai. For just Dhs 135 per adult, indulge in a feast for the senses. Children aged 6 to 12 can join for Dhs 65, while those below six dine for free. 04-2103333 Iftar At The Canteen