Try these iftars with a difference before the end of Ramadan
Al Dawaar For traditional Ramadan food and some authentic Emirati dishes, head to Dubai’s only revolving restaurant, where you can take in great views of the city (including the creek and sea) as you dine. Dhs160; Dhs80 for children aged six to 12. Sunset-8.30pm. Hyatt Regency Dubai, Deira (04 317 2222).
Hakkasan This three-course iftar menu stays true to Hakkasan’s contemporary Cantonese theme, offering popular choices from the usual menu, such as charcoal grilled black cod and braised wagyu beef with Szechuan pepper. Dhs188. 7pm-12.45am. The Boulevard, Jumeirah Emirates Towers (04 384 8484).
Kempinski Hotel The hotel’s executive head chef, Sudqi Naddaf, invites you to break fast with him and the rest of the kitchen team at an exclusive chef’s-table iftar. This private event takes place in the kitchen and the menus are entirely bespoke, tailored to each private group’s requirements. Prices vary. Booking is essential. From sunset. Kempinski Hotel, Mall of the Emirates, Barsha (04 409 5999).
KIZA Restaurant & Lounge This new African fusion restaurant offers a three-course set menu featuring Arabic flavours from north Africa, as well as dishes from west, south and east Africa. As well as dates, mango lassi and fruit, guests can start iftar with akara, an African bean cake that is traditionally used to break the fast. The suhoor, which is à la carte, even features traditional African games, such as ayo (a board game played with pebbles). Dhs150. Sunset-8.30pm (iftar); suhoor from 8.30pm. The Lodge, Oud Metha (04 334 4159).
Ossigeno For an Italian twist on iftar, try Ossigeno’s set menu with a Mediterranean spin on Middle Eastern dishes. The menu includes duck kibbeh filled with foie gras, thyme, spelt and a shallot dressing, a Saudi-style rice dish with lamb stew and saffron potatoes, and date panna cotta with almond chocolate sauce. Dhs250. 7pm-midnight. Le Royal Méridien Beach Resort and Spa, Dubai Marina (04 457 5454).
Rixos The Palm The Rixos is dishing up a traditional Turkish buffet spread, including boreks, etli pide (also known as Turkish pizza), stuffed paprika and vine leaves, bulgur pilaf and more. The main event, however, is the Semazen performance, with whirling dervishes flown in from Turkey especially for the event. Dhs250. From sunset. East crescent, Palm Jumeirah (04 457 5454).
Royal Island Beach Club Guests can head all the way to Lebanon for this iftar – well, Lebanon Island. It involves a transfer by boat from the Palm Jumeirah to the World Islands for a daily changing buffet of traditional dishes, plus a few international extras. Dhs275 (iftar buffet and transfer). 7pm-8.30pm (pick-up at 6pm). Lebanon Island, The World (04 225 2923).
Ski chalets at Mall of the Emirates Break fast and take a break from the summer heat (if only psychologically) by heading to a ski chalet for an iftar set menu. You’ll get cooling views of the snow-capped peaks of Ski Dubai for an iftar with a difference. Dhs395 per person (minimum six people). From sunset. Kempinski Hotel, Mall of the Emirates, Barsha (04 409 5999).
Anise The buffet includes specialities such as khabeesah (a dessert popular at Emirati wedding feasts) and lamb thareed (made with bread, lamb, veg and spices and herbs). Each dish is accompanied by info so guests can learn more about what they’re eating. Dhs170. Sunset-9.30pm. InterContinental Dubai, Festival City (04 701 1127).
Al Iwan The Burj Al Arab’s iftar features several local delicacies, including seven types of dates and traditional Ramadan juices, as well as shanklish (cheese with fienly chopped tomato, onion and olive oil) and warak enab (rice-stuffed vine leaves). Dhs290. 6pm-7.45pm. Burj Al Arab (04 301 7777).
Oceana Once you’ve eaten, offer up your hands for a traditional henna tattoo. Guests can also listen to oud performances and sip on a camelccino – a cappuccino made with camel’s milk. Dhs145; Dhs75 (children under 12). Sunset-8.30pm. Hilton Dubai Jumeirah, JBR (04 318 2540).
The Market Place The daily changing menu at this iftar boasts several live cooking stations, one of which offers freshly prepared saj (a Middle Eastern flatbread) so you can see for yourself how it’s made. Dhs150. Sunset-11.30pm. JW Marriott Hotel Dubai, Deira (04 607 7977).