Ramadan feasts for budget, mid-range and high-end tastes
Budget – under Dhs100
32 Marina Street Kitchen Embracing celebrity chef and healthy eating expert Daniel Green’s ‘Eat Well, Feel Well’ campaign, the restaurant will be offering Arabian hospitality with a twist, serving healthier versions of traditional dishes such as lamb ouzi, baked fatayers, sambousek, shish taouk and umm ali. Dhs95 per person. Open sunset-9.30pm. Dusit Residence, Dubai Marina, http://dusitresidencedubaimarina.dusit.com (04 425 9999).
Balance Café A four-course meal, including healthy gourmet delights such as citrus fruits and vegetables with high water content. Warm soups and kebabs will also be on offer and are a great source of the recommended levels of protein for those observing fasts. Including dates, traditional drinks and digestive mint tea. The café will also serve a selection of healthy and yummy desserts to tantalise taste buds. Dhs59 per person. Open from 6.30pm. Third floor, Oasis Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 384 7010).
Chef’s House During the month of Ramadan, Chef’s House will serve a buffet of delicious classical Arabic and Oriental dishes, with live cooking and daily flavoured ouzi at sundown. Dhs99 per person or Dhs119 including fresh juices, coffee and tea. Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Media City (04 366 9111).
Chutneys For lovers of Indian food, Chutneys features an iftar with a selection of traditional North Indian dishes prepared by Chef Hafeez Qureshi. Some of the culinary delights include murgh angaar kebab, gosht korma awadhi and murgh makhni. Dhs99 per person including selected beverages. Open until 10.30pm. Mövenpick Hotel & Apartments Bur Dubai, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.moevenpick-hotels.com (04 310 4320). Citymax Enjoy an iftar buffet with an eclectic range of dishes at a competitive price. Dhs59. Open from sunset, Barsha, www.citymaxhotels.com (04 409 8000). Other location: Bur Dubai. Epicure Catering Epicure offers a special iftar service, delivering affordable, quality Ramadan meal boxes to your doorstep. All menus feature a selection of traditional hot and cold Arabic mezzes. Main dishes on offer include a variety of succulent meat dishes, including shish taouk, lamb shank with oriental rice, fish with harra sauce and spinach stew with beef. Menus also come with drinks, soup, bread and desserts. From Dhs65 per person; Dhs115 for buffet (minimum 15 people). email@example.com, www.epicurecatering.ae (04 347 3703).
India Palace India Palace will be offering a sumptuous iftar buffet spread over Ramadan. From Dhs50 per person; Iftar Combo from Dhs45 per person. Open from sunset. Ibn Battuta Mall, The Gardens, firstname.lastname@example.org (04 3685569). Other locations: Dubai Mall, Marina Mall and Dubai Festival City. Jigsaw A variety of traditional dishes including lamb or camel ouzi, fresh dates, dried apricots and batata mahroseh. Dhs95 per person. Sunset-9pm. Mövenpick Hotel Deira, www.moevenpick-hotels.com (04 444 0111).
Jumeirah Zabeel Saray The Mehteran Theatre and Show Centre will be transformed into a majlis-style setting. Guests can delight in an a la carte suhoor, while groups of 100 or more can enjoy a superb selection of delicacies for iftar. Imperium will host an iftar buffet while Al Nafoorah will lay on a family style iftar and Lalezaer will serve an Otterman style iftar. Dhs95 per person for groups above 100 at Mehteran Theatre and Show Centre; from Dhs195 per person at Imperium; from Dhs170 per person at Lalezaer and Al Nafoorah. Sunset-9pm (8.30pm Imperium); Suhoor 9pm-3am. Palm Jumeirah, www.jumeirah.com (04 453 0000). Laylati Café Enjoy an a la carte menu, which includes cold and hot mezze, manakish saj and various flavours of shisha in the specially themed Ramadan marquee. Set menus are available on request. Dhs30 per person Sun-Wed; Dhs40 per person Thu-Sat; Shisha Dhs60. Open 9pm-3am. Oud Metha, Dubai, www.restaurants.dubai.hyatt.com (04 317 2222).
Lobby Lounge This Ramadan, enjoy a buffet selection of Arabic sweets, dates and chocolates accompanied with a choice of soft drinks. Alternatively, select a delicious dish from the a la carte menu to break your fast. Dhs65 per person. Open sunset-10pm. Shangri-La Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 405 2703).
Mango Tree Mango Tree will offer special Ramadan Sharing Platters with a selection of meat and fish dishes. Dhs49 to Dhs399. Open sunset-midnight. Al Souk Bahar, Downtown Dubai (04 426 1000).
Ping Pong Enjoy a trio of seasonal menus that can be pre-ordered and served up without delay as soon as you are seated. Choose from a light three-dish menu snack, a nine-dish menu dinner, or a 15-dish family feast. Menu selections include all the regular Ping Pong favourites from signature broths, flavour-packed spring rolls, delectable dim sum and fragrant dumplings, as well as tempting vegetarian alternatives. Dhs97 (three dishes); Dhs210 (nine dishes); Dhs360 (15 dishes). Sunset-midnight. Lower Ground floor, Dubai Mall, www.pingpongdimsum.ae (04 3399088).
The Eatery (Downtown Dubai) Traditional Ramadan cuisine such as ouzi, shawarama, and hot and cold mezze. Dhs95 per person. Four Points by Sheraton, Downtown Dubai, email@example.com (04 316 9847). The Junction Break your fast with a traditional Ramadan buffet, where you’ll be automatically entered into a weekly draw for a complimentary weekend stay at the Shangri-La in Dubai, Abu Dhabi or Muscat, or Traders Hotel, Dubai. From Dhs95 per person. Sunset-11.30pm. Traders Hotel, Deira, www.shangri-la.com (04 214 7272).
Zafran For Ramadan this Indian restaurant has a special iftar buffet. Dhs99. Open sunset-8pm. Mirdif City Centre, Mirdif, Dubai (04 284 0987).
Mid-range – Dhs100-Dhs175
Al Bader Spend your Ramadan evenings in a themed ballroom with family, friends or colleagues enjoying a traditional iftar buffet and soft beverages. Dhs155 per person. Shangri-La Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 405 2703).
Al Dhiyafa Choose from a wide assortment of traditional Arabian delicacies, a fine selection of sweets and Arabic coffees or relax with shisha in the Al Naai Chill Out Ramadan Tent. Dhs149 per person. Sunset-8pm. The Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa, Dubai Marina. Hgrs.firstname.lastname@example.org (04 399 5000). Al Khaimah Tent The air-conditioned tent will offer an array of hot and cold mezzes such as vine leaves, sambousek, salads, kebbeh and famous dishes from Turkey for snacking throughout the night as well as Arabic juices and sweet delicacies, including a baklava platter, traditional style umm ali and freshly sliced fruits. Flavoured shisha will also be available to enjoy inside the tent. Dhs160 per person. Sunset-10.30pm. Sofitel Dubai Jumeirah Beach, Dubai Marina (04 448 4870). Al Nafoorah Offer a family-style iftar. From Dhs170 per person. Sunset-9pm. Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, www.jumeirah.com (04 453 0000). Almaz by Momo Savour North African delights at the Almaz by Momo. Guests will find an iftar buffet along with the restaurant’s a la carte menu and a choice of shisha flavours. Dhs170 per person. Sunset-8.30pm; a la carte menu 9pm-1:45am; Shisha for an extra Dhs40. Harvey Nichols, Mall of the Emirates (04 409 8877). Anise Traditional Arabic fare. Dhs170 per person, including Ramadan juices. Sunset-9.30pm. InterContinental, Dubai Festival City, email@example.com (04 701 1127).
AOC French Brasserie Celebrate Ramadan with an iftar buffet, serving a combination of traditional Arabic specialties, a wide selection of mezzes and extras from fattoush salad, mix grill platters and ouzi lamb to chicken tajines and Arabic sweets. Dhs160 per person. Sunset-10.30pm. Sofitel Dubai Jumeirah Beach, Dubai Marina (04 448 4870).
Blades Enjoy an iftar buffet overlooking the lush greens of the Al Badia Golf Club and the Dubai skyline. Dhs150 per person. Sunset-9.30pm. Al Badia Golf Club, Festival City, firstname.lastname@example.org (04 701 1127).
Boulvar Daily traditional iftar buffet at sundown. Featuring hot and cold mezze, followed by a choice of main courses including ouzi, shawarma and lentil soup. Hot dishes such as Arabic rice, harees, grilled chicken Egyptian style and much more will also be on offer. For dessert, expect Arabic and Continental dishes such as umm ali, osmaliya, baklava, chocolate mousse, traditional cakes and delicious fresh fruits. Dhs115 per person. Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Deira Creek, Deira, www.radissonblu.com/hotel-dubaideiracreek (04 222 7171).
Cavendish Feast on Arabic delicacies such as hot and cold mezzeh, salads, juicy meat and vegetable grills followed by traditional sweets, then relax to the sounds of a traditional Oud player. Dhs159 per person. Bonnington Jumeirah Lakes Towers (04 3560500).
Celsius A set of traditional coffee, finest dates and freshly prepared soups will be provided for breaking the fast followed by selection of traditional cuisine with live cooking stations in an Arabian setting. After iftar, guests can head to the newly opened restaurant, Al Mersat, for suhoor, offering mezze, Khaliji tea, coffee and a variety of delicious Arabic sweets, and backgammon or cards. (Corporate iftars for up to 180 people can be booked in the Origami). Iftar Dhs130 (adult); half price (children under 12); free (children under six). Sunset-7.30pm (iftar), 9pm-late (suhoor). Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, Rric.email@example.com (04 308 0550).
Choices With an extensive buffet of Middle Eastern cuisine, celebrate breaking your fast with family and friends. Dhs159 inclusive of Ramadan beverages; Dhs150 for companies and organizations (minimum 50 people). Garhoud, Dubai, www.rotanatimes.com (04 7054285).
Conservatory Restaurant Traditional iftar buffet, with hummus and lamb kabsah to roast chicken and katayef, accompanied by refreshing beverages and rich desserts. Guests can order from the restaurant’s classic a la carte menu. Dhs160 per person. Sunset-11.30pm. Al Manzil Hotel, Emaar Boulevard, The Old Town Dubai, firstname.lastname@example.org (04 428 5888).
Diamond Ballroom A team of experienced chefs will tailor menus for corporate bookings, with food prepared at live cooking stations. Dhs160 per person (minimum 100 guests). The Address, Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai, email@example.com (04 438 8040). Dubai World Trade Centre Daily iftar buffet in the Al Multaqua Ballroom, with fine traditional Arabian cuisine caters to all tastes. Post-iftar, guests are invited to have shisha and tea in the adjacent Ramadan Majlis. From Dhs135 per person (including soft drinks).Sunset-8pm. Downtown Dubai, www.dwtc.com (04 332 1000). Farriers Break your fast with dried fruit, water, juices and buffet in the main dining area of the Meydan Hotel before relaxing in the a dedicated shisha tent. Dhs150 per person (adult); half price (children 11-15); 25 percent discount (children under 11); free (Children under five). Sunset-9pm.The Meydan Hotel, Meydan Racecourse, Al Meydan Road, Nad Al Sheba, restaurant.reservationsTMH@meydanhotels.com (04 381 3111).
Flavours on Two Enjoy iftar with friends, family or colleagues at Flavours on Two. Dhs135 per person including beverages. Open sunset-8.30pm. Towers Rotana, Sheikh Zayed Road, firstname.lastname@example.org (04312 2201).
Fountain An array of traditional Ramadan dishes, international cuisine and live cooking stations. Dhs120 per person including coffee, tea and Ramadan juices. Sunset-10.30pm. Mövenpick Hotel & Apartments Bur Dubai, email@example.com, www.moevenpick-hotels.com (04 310 4320).
Habtoor Grand Beach Resort A minimum group of 50 people can book the hotel’s Al Andalus Ballroom for an iftar or suhoor banquet, with a large choice of continental and Arabic cuisine. Dhs150. Dusit Residence Dubai Marina, grandjumeirah.habtoorhotels.com (04 399 5000).
Horizon Enjoy an international buffet which showcases traditional and modern Arabic delicacies and relax to the sound of an oud player. Dhs135 per person. Amwaj Rotana, Dubai Marina (04 428 3087).
JW Marriott Hotel Dubai A seven-daily changing menu, with live cooking stations such as the Lebanese mixed grills of shish kebab, lamb kofta and shish taouk with freshly prepared saj. Indian specialities will be served in the tandoori station, another live station featuring chicken biryani, lamb jalfrezi and mixed vegetable korma. Ramadan beverages of Qamar el din, jallab, karkadeh will be offered. Dhs150. Sunset-11.30pm. Deira, www.marriottdiningatjw.ae (04 607 7977).
KIZA Restaurant and Lounge Enjoy iftar with family and friends at this new African-fusion fine dining establishment. The special set menu showcases the rich culinary heritage of Africa with a harmonious blend of Arabic cuisine in an ultra-modern setting. The set menu includes dates, a fruit platter, mango lassi shake, authentic African cakes and custard, various meats, jollof rice, seasonal vegetables and tapioca pudding, washed down with fresh fruit punch. Board games and traditional African games will be on offer. Advanced reservations recommended. Dhs150 per person, special rates for group bookings of more than ten (iftar); à la carte menu (suhoor). Sunset-9pm (iftar). The Lodge, Oud Metha (04 334 4159).
Lalezar Offers an Ottoman-style iftar. From Dhs170 per person. Sunset-9pm. Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, www.jumeirah.com (04 453 0000).
Mahec Break your fast with mouth-watering Indian specialties. Set menu includes kebabs, grills, curries, biryani, desserts and fresh juices. Dhs139 per person. Open sunset-8pm. Le Méridien Dubai, Airport Road, Garhoud, firstname.lastname@example.org (04 702 2615).
Marrakech Sample traditional Moroccan and Middle Eastern specialities and beverages. Dhs165 per person. Sunset-10pm. Shangri-La Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 405 2703).
Mizaan Mizaan, The H Dubai’s all-day dining outlet, is serving classic and contemporary Arabic dishes, sweets and beverages from 7pm. There will also be traditional Arabic entertainment when the fast is broken. Dhs160. Sheikh Zayed Road, The H Dubai (04 501 8888)
Mövenpick Hotel Ibn Battuta Gate Taking place in the hotel’s indoor courtyard-style Moroccan venue Al Bahou, celebrate Ramadan with an extensive selection of authentic Arabian food and beverages. Dhs150 per person; Dhs125 per person group bookings of 40 or more); Dhs75 (children seven-16). 6.30pm-8.30. The Gardens, Dubai, email@example.com (04 444 5613).
Na3Na3 Na3Na3’s open kitchen will feature live cooking stations and iftar buffets, serving freshly baked bread, delicious saj and Oriental mezze and salads. Kebabs, seafood and an array of traditional Ramadan desserts are also available, all to the traditional sound of a live oud player. Dhs170 per person. Sunset-10.30pm. The Address, Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai, firstname.lastname@example.org (04 888 3444) Pergolas Tuck into traditional buffet of Middle Eastern cuisine and Arabic sweets, with live cooking stations and unlimited Ramadan drinks. Get a 10 per cent discount for a booking of 10 people or more. Dhs159. Sunset–11.30pm. Al Murooj Rotana Dubai (04 321 1111).
QDs Enjoy iftar in an air-conditioned tent, with a range of hot and cold Arabic mezze, main courses including daoud basha, shish taouk and biryani, gourmet desserts including classics such as umm ali and kunafa as well as fresh Ramadan cold drinks, coffee and dates. After the meal guests can enjoy suhoor from the special a la carte menu, or one of the famous QD’s shishas while enjoying the views over Dubai Creek. Dhs120 per person including soft drinks; Dhs60 (children six-12). Sunset-9pm (iftar), 7pm-1am (surhoor). Deira, www.dubaigolf.com (04 295 6000).
Shabestan This Iranian restaurant will feature a daily iftar buffet with a selection of Persian and Arabic starters, assorted fresh juices, dates and a variety of main dishes such as lamb, chicken, fish kebab and Persian rice, finished off with assorted sweets and traditional Persian tea. Dhs139 per person. Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Deira Creek, Deira, www.radissonblu.com/hotel-dubaideiracreek (04 222 7171). Sanabel Enjoy an interactive iftar buffet with live cooking stations featuring mixed grills, tandoor, hot mezze, Arabic desserts and much more. Dhs120, Pullman Dubai Mall of the Emirates, Barsha, Emailh7337email@example.com (04 377 2353). Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding Held in the courtyard of wind-tower house in historical Bastakiya, break your fast with Arabic coffee and dates, then take a moment to watch your Emirati hosts pray, before iftar is served. After iftar, join your hosts for a visit to the Bastakiya Mosque before returning to SMCCU house for dessert and Arabic coffee. Dhs135 per person; free (children under 12). Open from 15minutes before sunset. Bastakiya, Bur Dubai, www.cultures.ae (04 353 6666).
Spice Island Try a new fusion of flavours from the Orient to the Far East, with seven hot dishes served up daily, along with a selection of international dishes and all the usual local favourites, including a hearty mixed grill and the simple sweetness of osmalieh. Dhs119. Open sunset until 8.30pm. Crowne Plaza Dubai Hotel, Deira, (04 262 5555).
Taj Palace Hotel Dubai Enjoy an extensive iftar prepared by the hotel’s award-winning culinary team. The menu features an indulgent selection of culinary delights from across the Middle East, including the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Lebanon, Syria and Jordan, as well as the finest flavours from India. From Dhs119 per person, including soft drinks. 7pm-10pm. www.tajhotels.com (04 223 2222).
Tee Lounge Enjoy an iftar buffet overlooking the lush greens of the Al Badia Golf Club and the Dubai skyline. Dhs150 per person. Sunset-9.30pm. Al Badia Golf Club, Festival City, firstname.lastname@example.org (04 701 1127). Lobby Lounge Celebrate Ramadan in a Bedouin tent with an extensive buffet featuring traditional lamb ouzi, a pasta station and unlimited Ramadan juices. Dhs195 per person; Dhs100 (children five-12). Sunset-9pm. The Ritz Carlton Dubai, Dubai Marina, email@example.com (04 318 6150). The Address Dubai Marina Iftar buffet in the setting of the Constellation Ballroom. An extensive array of shisha flavours, an a la carte suhoor menu and the opportunity to play backgammon in the terrace tent. Dhs140, Dubai Marina, firstname.lastname@example.org (04 436 7777).
The Eatery Enjoy a gourmet buffet, with a mix of aromatic, traditional Ramadan cuisine, including shawarma, and hot and cold mezze. Dhs110 per person. Four Points by Sheraton Sheikh Zayed Road, Sheikh Zayed Road. email@example.com (04 316 9847).
The Meydan Ballroom An iftar targeting corporate customers, staff parties, private parties and team building. Dhs150 per person. Sunset-8.30pm; 9pm onwards (suhoor). The Meydan Hotel, Meydan Racecourse, Al Meydan Road, Nad Al Sheba restaurant.reservationsTMH@meydanhotels.com (04 381 3111).
THE One Deli Celebrate iftar with a buffet of traditional Arabic and international dishes, with changes daily. Dhs108 per person; Dhs54 (children under 12). Sunset-8.30pm. Jumeirah Beach Road, Jumeirah 1, www.theone.com (04 395 5889).
The Talk Restaurant & Lounge The restaurant is transformed into the quintessential ‘Ramadan tent’, beautifully draped and fully air-conditioned, including traditional cuisine and live oud. Savour iftar and suhoor with buffets, vibrant live cooking stations, refreshing juices, live Arabic music complete with shisha and pool side lounging. Dhs129 per person; Dhs110 per person (groups of 10 or more). Mövenpick Hotel, Jumeirah Beach, Dubai (04 449 8888). Yalumba Break your fast with delicious Arabic specialities prepared by a team of Arabic chefs. Buffet includes an array of hot and cold mezze, warm soups, grills, live cooking stations, sweets, pastries and juices. Dhs159 per person. Sunset-8.30pm. Le Méridien Dubai, Airport Road, Garhoud, firstname.lastname@example.org (04 702 2455).
Zahr El-Laymoun Celebrate Ramadan with a set iftar menu. Dhs125 per person. Sunset-9pm. Souk Al Bahar, Downtown Dubai (04 448 6060).
High-end – above Dhs175
Al Hadheerah Enjoy a traditional Arabic buffet at this Bab Al Shams restaurant. Dhs195 per person (including Ramadan drinks). Sunset-8pm, Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa, Dubailand, www.meydanhotels.com (04 809 6194).
Al Khaima Tent Set within landscaped gardens is the Al Khaima Arabic Ramadan tent. Traditional entertainment comes in the form of live oud and tabla players, plus board games. Dhs250 (set menu – mezzes, mixed grills and traditional treats); Dhs123 per person (hot and cold mezzes). 8pm-2am. Le Royal Méridien Beach Resort & Spa, Dubai Marina, www.leroyalmeridien-dubai.com (04 316 5550).
Al Sarab Rooftop Lounge Relax and enjoy suhoor overlooking the desert, with shisha and an á la carte menu, and the sounds of an oud player. 10pm-1am. Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa, Dubailand, www.meydanhotels.com (04 809 6194). Atlantis The Palm Asateer Ramadan tent will accommodate up to 833 guests, offering a traditional iftar with six buffet menus including jallab, laban ayran, kamr al deen, karkadeh, araksus and tamer hindi. Suhoor guests can enjoy a selection of hot and cold mezze, desserts and a variety of shisha. Dhs175 per person (iftar); From Dhs165 per person (surhoor – minimum 20 people). 6.30pm-8pm; 9.30pm-2.30am suhoor. Palm Juneirah, www.atlantisthepalm.com (04 426 0000).
Raffles Dubai Azur Enjoy traditional Arabian favourites and authentic classics overlooking the Raffles Botanical Garden. Dhs185. Sunset-9pm. Oud Metha, email@example.com (04 324 9888).
Blue Orange Traditional iftar buffet with live entertainment from a tabla and oud player. Dhs180 per person (adults); Dhs100) (children under 12). Sunset-9pm. Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, Jumeirah (04 511 7136).
Brasserie A delicious themed iftar buffet, which includes a wide variety of refreshing juices. Dhs220 per person. Sunset-8.30pm. Le Royal Méridien Beach Resort & Spa, Dubai Marina, www.leroyalmeridien-dubai.com (04 316 5550).
Brunello Enjoy a traditional buffet dinner featuring a choice of festive dishes and the sounds of live Arabic music in a magical setting under canvas. A charity donation is included in the iftar price. Dhs195 per person. Kempinski Hotel & Residences Palm Jumeirah, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.kempinski.com (04 444 2501).
Café Arabesque Enjoy an iftar buffet in a stylish setting, with spectacular views of Dubai Creek. Local and Middle Eastern dishes, featuring more than 40 different kinds of cold and hot mezze, soups and ouzi served with Oriental rice, rotisserie dishes, carvings, kebabs and more than ten different main courses, all baked in a wood-fired oven and accompanied by the finest hot Arabic bread. With homemade Baklava, and a large selection of dates, fruit and desserts. Dhs180 per person. Sunset-10pm. Park Hyatt Dubai, Deira (04 317 2222).
Desert Palm The resort’s Polo Rooms conference centre will offer four different iftar menus – Arabic Buffet, Arabic Family Style, International Buffet and International Family Style. Thursdays will feature live entertainment. Dhs225 per person (Thu); Dhs180 per person (other days). International City, Dubai, www.desertpalm.peraquum.com (04 323 8888).
Dunes Café Sample traditional grilled dishes while enjoying the sounds of a traditional oud player, at the Dune’s extensive buffet. Dhs180 per person. Sunset-10pm. Shangri-La Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 405 2703). Ewaan This all-day dining establishment will be serving a blend of Oriental cuisine. Indulge in an eclectic selection of traditional Arabian delicacies matched with elegant sophistication and gracious hospitality. Dhs195 per person including soft drinks. Sunset-9pm. Suhoor 10pm-2am (3am weekends). Dine@thepalace-dubai.com (04 428 7806).
Fazaris This all-day dining restaurant will offer a blend of Asian, Arabian and Mediterranean cuisine. Break your fast with dates, followed by Arabic and Turkish coffee, and dine to the soothing tunes of a live Arabic duo band playing traditional tunes. Dhs180 per person. The Address Downtown Dubai, Downtown Dubai, email@example.com (04 436 8799).
Grand Hyatt Dubai A grand iftar buffet will be served in the hotel’s Al Ameera Ballroom with a traditional kunafa and a wide selection of classic Arabic drinks. Dhs175 per person including soft drinks (adults); half price (children six-12); free (children under six). Sunset-9pm. Oud Metha, Dubai, www.dubai.grand.hyatt.com (04 317 2222).
Hakkasan Celebrate Ramadan with a lavish three course menu with a set menu where the traditions of Far East meet the Middle East. Appetizers include Chilean sea bass shumai, while main courses include grilled black cod and braised Wagyu beef with Szechuan pepper. Dessert options range from Tiramisu (infused with coffee ice cream) to apple sorbet. The a la carte menu will also be available throughout Ramadan. Dhs188 per person. Sunset-2am. Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, www.hakkasan.com (04 384 8484).
Imperium Imperium will host an iftar buffet. From Dhs195 per person. Sunset-9pm (8.30pm Imperium). Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, www.jumeirah.com (04 453 0000).
Jumeirah Beach Hotel Diwan Al Khayal iftar tent has prayer rooms and accommodates up to 500 guests, with private majlis areas for up to 100 guests, as well as a main dining venue that seats up to 200 guests on the ground floor. Business delegates have the opportunity to book a corporate VIP area that can serve more than 190 guests. In the lobby of the hotel, the buffet restaurant, Latitude, also has an iftar. Dhs185 per person. Sunset-8.15pm. A la carte suhoor 9.30pm-3am (04 406 8599). Jumeirah, www.jumeirah.com (04 348 0000). Jumeirah Emirates Towers Al Nafoorah restaurant will host an iftar buffet. An iftar will also be available in the hotel lobby. Dhs180 per person including soft drinks. Sunset-9pm. Sheikh Zayed Road, www.jumeirah.com (04 330 0000).
Kaleidoscope Enjoy the very best of Indian, Arabic and Mediterranean dishes over Ramadan. Dhs190 per person, including soft drinks. Sunset-8.30pm. Atlantis, Palm Juneirah, www.atlantisthepalm.com (04 426 0000).
Levantine Offering a taste of Arabia and cuisines of the region with a set iftar menu. Levantine will also feature an oud player and singer, Nassif Attala, for suhoor. Dhs175 per person, including soft drinks (iftar); Dhs100 minimum spend for a la carte menu or Dhs175 for a set menu including soft drinks (suhoor). Sunset-8pm (iftar); 9pm-1am (suhoor). Atlantis, Palm Juneirah, www.atlantisthepalm.com (04 426 0000).
Madinat Jumeirah The Madinat will host a number of iftars over Ramadan – Al Majlis is an indoor 2,500 sq m air-conditioned venue with seating capacity for up to 750 guests. Restaurants Al Muna and Arboretum, and the Khaymat Al Bahar marquees, will also be serving iftars. From Dhs185 per person; Al Majilis Dhs180 per person. Sunset-8pm (iftar); 9pm-2am (suhoor). Jumeirah, www.jumeirah.com/ramadan (04 366 8888).
Mediterraneo A contemporary take on the classic cuisine of the Mediterranean as well as traditional Ramadan delights, coupled with the breathtaking views of The Dubai Fountain. Iftar and suhoor events can also be booked in the Armani Ballroom or Oasi. From Dhs235 per person. Sunset-9pm. Armani Hotel Dubai, Downtown Dubai. firstname.lastname@example.org (04 888 3444). Palm Garden A Ramadan tent on the beach designed to replicate a desert setting. A wide selection of Arabic and international dishes will be served, as well as live cooking stations for manakeesh, naan, pasta and tempura, while on the beach next to the main tent, guests will be able to enjoy Arabic coffee in a Bedouin tent. A majlis area will also offer board and card games, as well as flavoured shisha. Dhs185 per person including soft drinks; Dhs150 per person for groups of more than 10 people. Sunset-3am. Sheraton Jumeirah Beach Resort & Towers, Dubai Marina (04 399 5533). Royale Ballroom Celebrate the camaraderie of Ramadan at the Royale Ballroom with tailored corporate events. Dhs180 per person (minimum 30 guests). Sunset-9pm. The Palace, Downtown Dubai, Events@thepalace-dubai.com (04 428 7938).
One&Only Royal Mirage Traditional iftar buffets will be served daily at Tagine restaurant at The Palace and The Rotisserie restaurant at Arabian Court, offering a variety of Arabic dishes.The Palace ‘Courtyard’ and the ‘Peregrine Garden’ at Arabian Court will also serve oriental specialties, coffee and tea. From Dhs175 per person (iftar); Dhs45 cover charge (suhoor). 7.10pm-8.30pm (iftar); 8pm-2.30am (suhoor). Jumeirah, royalmirage.oneandonlyresorts.com, email@example.com (04 399 9999).
Ossigeno Diners can break their fast with an Italian twist on traditional local dishes. These include duck kibbeh filled with foie gras and thyme with a spelt and shallot dressing to start, lamb stew and saffron potatoes for the main and date pannacotta with almond and dark chocolate sauce for dessert. Dhs250 per person. 7pm-midnight. Le Royal Méridien Beach Resort & Spa, Dubai Marina, www.leroyalmeridien-dubai.com (04 316 5550).
Ottomans For those wishing to enjoy iftar as a group, Turkish restaurant Ottomans will be taking group bookings throughout the Holy Month for its iftar buffet. In addition to the indoor restaurant, the tranquil terrace area provides the idyllic spot for guests to sample the restaurant’s selection of shisha while taking in the views of Dubai Marina. From Dhs190. 7pm-1am. Grosvenor House Dubai, Dubai Marina, www.grosvenorhouse-dubai.com (04 317 6000).
Rhodes in Residence Offering a tailor-made à la carte menu, inspired by the Holy Month, enjoy an array of delicious bites conceived by Michelin-Starred chef Gary Rhodes. 7pm-1am, Grosvenor House Dubai, Dubai Marina, www.grosvenorhouse-dubai.com (04 317 6000).
Sheraton Jumeirah Beach Resort Enjoy iftar and suhoor to the sounds of oud and daf in an air-conditioned Ramadan tent on the sands of the Gulf Sea. Break your fast with refreshing juices such as kamaradin, karkadeh and laban, as well as dried fruits including dates and prunes. Then tuck into manakish prepared on saj, naan bread cooked in a tandoori oven, a selection of pasta dishes and tempura. For suhoor, guests can unwind in the specially created majlis, with backgammon, cards, board games, TVs and flavoured shisha all available. Kids can participate in supervised activities including face painting, badminton, storytelling, arts and crafts, and movie time. Camel rides on the beach are also available. Dhs185 per person (20 percent off for SPG members); Suhoor a la carte. Sunset-3am. Sheraton Jumeirah Beach Resort, Dubai Marina, www.sheratonjumeirahbeach.com (04 399 5533).
Sloane’s A wide selection of Ramadan delicacies and refreshing drinks in a comfortable atmosphere. Dhs235 per person. Sunset-8.30pm. Grosvenor House Dubai, Dubai Marina, www.grosvenorhouse-dubai.com (04 317 6000).
The Ritz-Carlton DIFC Traditional Arabian fare in a majestic majlis on the ground floor. A lavish iftar buffet and an à la carte suhoor will be served daily against the backdrop of a colourful spice souk, or on the exquisite air-conditioned terrace. Expect live music and entertainment, a series of live cooking stations and shisha. Dhs175 per person (iftar); suhoor à la carte. 6.30pm-8.30pm (iftar); 8.30pm-3am (suhoor). Dubai International Financial Centre, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.ritzcarlton.com (04 372 2323).
Traiteur Enjoy an iftar buffet featuring Western, Indian and Middle Eastern delights at this multiple award-winning French restaurant. Also available for private function hire for a minimum of 80 people. Dhs180 per person including soft drinks. Sunset-10pm; closed first week of Ramadan. Park Hyatt Dubai, Deira, email@example.com, dubai.park.hyatt.com (04 317 2222).