12 alternative Dubai iftars to try out for Ramadan 2018
From desert dining to the Dubai Opera auditorium
Dubai offers some special locations to break fast all around the city to cater to all tastes.
And if you’re after a unique dining experience during Ramadan 2018, take a look at some of the best alternative iftars the city has to offer.
A Moroccan iftar treat at 365 Restaurant An iftar with food made by a chef who served authentic Moroccan dishes at five-star hotels, such as Sofitel Agadir? We can definitely get on board with that. It’s not often you get a chef flown in all the way from Morocco to serve scrumptious dishes throughout Ramadan. Chef Habiba will be serving up a unique iftar in Novotel in Al Barsha, filled with authentic Moroccan cuisine. Expect the likes of harira soup, couscous with vegetables, pastilla, chebakia pastry in the shape of flowers and baghrir, which are spongy, melt-in-your-mouth Moroccan pancakes. It’s set at Dhs125 per person, and is perfect for families as kids under 12 get to eat for free. As far as unusual iftars go, 365 Restaurant are serving one you won’t get anywhere else. Dhs125 per person, half price (kids under 16), free (kids under 12). Daily from sunset-11pm. Novotel Al Barsha (04 304 9000).
A speedy Iftar at Dubai Kartdrome Karting and Iftar aren’t words usually seen in the same sentence, but after going to Dubai Kartdrome’s Iftar buffet, you’ll be using it a bit more commonly. An Iftar specially made for all the speedsters out there, take a spin around the track before tucking in to a special buffet featuring traditional mezze and mixed grill delights. From Dhs412 (karting and buffet). Daily from 7pm-midnight. Motor City (800 KARTING).
Baker & Spice Goes to Copenhagen For Ramadan In collaboration with the embassy in Denmark, Baker & Spice is bringing the tastes of Copenhagen this Ramadan. With recent food trends in Denmark steering towards Middle Eastern cuisine, Danish chef William Milsted will explore the ways of mixing up the iftar formula through a blend of European and Arabic signature dishes. Prices vary. Sunset-11pm. Souk Al Bahar, Downtown Dubai (04 425 2240).
Break your fast at Dubai Opera Back by popular demand, Dubai Opera will be transforming its famous auditorium into a huge banquet hall for an elegant iftar. It’s exclusively catered by the team from Sean Connolly at Dubai Opera, with a menu featuring lamb ouzi and roast beef. Also on the menu is mezze, traditional Middle Eastern sweets and international desserts such as red velvet cake. From Dhs250, Dhs220 for group bookings of 11 or more. Wed May 16-Thu June 14, sunset-9.30pm. Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai, www.dubaiopera.com/showlist/iftar.
Chinese iftar at Hakkasan Fancy having some fresh Chinese food at iftar? Hakkasan will mark Ramadan this year with a brand-new menu – with Arabian touches, of course. Starting with traditional Arabic sweets, guests can try an array of the restaurant’s signature dishes with its four-course iftar menu. Expect a massive serving of stir-fried tiger prawns in spicy lemongrass sauce, and wagyu beef ribs with olive and chicken fried rice. Dhs228 per person. Wed May 16-Thu June 14, Sunset-8pm. Jumeirah Emirates Towers (04 384 8484).
Experience a Lebanese pop-up iftar at Inked Want to taste what a home-cooked meal in Lebanon is like? Prepare yourself for a culinary journey through the true flavours of the Middle East. Tawlet Souk El Tayeb is back at Alserkal Avenue’s food-led platform, Inked. Cooks from across Lebanon will be sharing their favourite dishes, drawing from their own history and hometown flavours. Nothing quite beats tasty food from a home-cooked recipe. Dhs275 per person. Daily, 6.30pm-9pm; 9.30pm-11.30pm. 18 May-24 May. Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 344 1788).
Float and dine for iftar on BBQ donuts with Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club Take to the waters at Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club for one of the floatiest iftars in Dubai. That’s right, floatiest. Board onto these BBQ Donuts with tables decorated in the traditional colours of the region, along with a selection of Middle Eastern treats. The iftar will feature favourites such as shish tawook, lamb kofta, falafel, kibbeh and fattoush, with a variety of fruit and local sweets for dessert. A customised barbecue package will also be available, too. Dhs165. Daily, sunset-8pm. Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, Deira, www.dubaigolf.com (04 295 6000).
Fusion dining at Alserkal Avenue Chef Michael Fessler will be combining Arabic and Japanese flavours to create a unique iftar experience at this pop-up. Kimono shop and art space Chi-Ka will be setting up a special tent at Alserkal Avenue for Ramadan. Interiors boast bonsai gardens, calligraphy murals and live oud sessions. The specialty tea and coffee house Kava & Chai will have a board games and a pop-up for a post-iftar cup of delicious coffee, too. Dhs220. Daily from sunset-8.30pm. Fri May 18-Wed Jun 13. Warehouse 46, Alserkal Avenue (056 180 2577).
Indian delights at Bombay Brasserie Bombay Brasserie’s buffet will include gur ka sharbat, a palm sugar sweetened refresher that has been a staple of iftar in Delhi since 1947, kache gosht (mutton) biryani, inspired by the Charminar area, and Lucknowi raan, tender roasted leg of lamb spiced with the fragrant flavours of India’s Northern region. Dhs195. Wed May 16-Thu June 14. Sunset-9pm. Taj Hotel, Business Bay (04 438 3222).
Ramadan Nights by Dish returns This pop-up restaurant Ramadan Nights by Dish is offering a brand-new menu this year in its candle-lit venue. Diners can begin with a selection of starters including roasted garlic hummus and grilled flatbread, and tuck into main dishes including slow-braised lamb shoulder with Middle Eastern spices or chicken kofta. Dhs195. Daily during Ramadan from sunset-9.30pm. Warehouse Four, Al Quoz (056 128 3247).
Take a ride at Dubai Autodrome’s Iftar Feel the need to indulge the adrenaline seeker in you and push an Audi TT or S3 to their limits before you break fast? Dubai Autodrome knows such a feeling, which is why it has set up a special Iftar experience so people can have a thrilling drive around their track before an all-you-can-eat Iftar buffet. Be sure to book your spot fast, this Iftar has seen a lot of popularity over the past few years. From Dhs605. Call for reservations. Daily from 6.30pm-9.30pm. Motor City (800 AUTODROME).
Traditional desert iftar with Platinum Heritage Experience what it was like to break fast in the deserts of Dubai 50 years ago with Platinum Heritage’s traditional iftar. Perfectly timed for guests to arrive at the Bedouin camp during Dubai’s stunning sunset, roll up in a 1950s Land Rover and enjoy a scrumptious iftar dinner under the stars. A selection of activities will be available too, including falconry, henna tattoos, bread and Arabic coffee making and star gazing. Dhs350. Daily during Ramadan. Pick up points at The Oasis Centre, The Dubai Outlet Mall or at the entrance to the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve (04 388 4044).