The best places to break your fast in Dubai Marina, JBR and Media City
Time Out Dubai staff
Accents Restaurant A traditional iftar buffet selection featuring international influences, including cold and hot mezze, traditional soups, vegetarian dishes, grilled meat and seafood from live carving stations. Sweets include dates, Umm Ali, kunafa as well as ice creams, sorbets and crêpes. Dhs165 per person. Daily from sunset-9pm. InterContinental Dubai Marina, wwwicmarinadining.com (04 446 6669).
Al Maeda Iftar includes more than 30 dishes from a specially created menu, including lamb ouzi with saffron rice, grilled fish with chermoula sauce and a selection of desserts. For every Dhs100 spent, guests are entered into a competition to win a desert safari for two. Special rate of Dhs119 offered for guests during the first week of Ramadan. Dhs139 per person. Daily from sunset-9pm. DoubleTree by Hilton Dubai – Jumeirah Beach, JBR, www.dubaijumeirahbeach.com (04 453 3333).
Arabian Courtyard This lush Ramadan Majlis complete with ornamental décor and arabesque designs, exudes sounds of traditional Oud and Tabla with generous servings of hot and cold mezzes, shawarmas, manakeesh and an array of traditional sweets. Dhs50 cover charge. Daily from 8pm-2.30am. One&Only Royal Mirage, King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Street, firstname.lastname@example.org (04 399 9999).
Awani Levant Cuisine Iftar offering special set menus designed for sharing Middle Eastern and Levantine dishes. The set menu includes cold and hot mezze, soups, mains, desserts and hot drinks. Shisha is also available. Dhs135 per person. Daily from sunset-3am. The Beach, opposite Jumeirah Beach Residence (04 424 8082).
A.O.C. French Brasserie A buffet with an array of Arabic, Moroccan and Turkish cuisines. A traditional santoor player, henna artist and shisha flavours will be available. Dhs140 per person, free for two kids aged under 12, half-price for kids aged 13-17. Daily from sunset-10pm. Sofitel Dubai, The Walk, JBR, www.sofitel-dubai-jumeirahbeach.com (04 448 4733).
BiCE An Italian slant on traditional iftar, BiCE is serving up a range of starters as part of its three-course meal. Main courses vary from lamb chops, to mixed grill meat, spinach and ricotta ravioli and even roast salmon. Top off the three-course meal with traditional Italian desserts including tiramisu, Sicilian pistachio mousse, and panna cotta and pomegranate. Dhs150 per person. Daily 6.30pm-11.30pm. Hilton Dubai Jumeirah Resort, JBR (04 318 2520).
Brasserie 2.0 Brasserie 2.0 will be serving a huge array of dishes including hot and cold mezze, sushi, sashimi, shawarma stations, an al fresco grill, tandoor oven and more. Guests will also be entertained by a traditional oud and tabla duo throughout iftar. Dhs215 adults, half-price for kids aged five to 12, free for kids aged under five. Groups of 20 or more eat for Dhs190 per person. Daily sunset-11pm. Le Royal Méridien Beach Resort & Spa, King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Street, Dubai Marina, www.leroyalmeridien-dubai.com (04 316 5550).
Café Bateel Enjoy a set menu iftar, starting off with the company’s famous dates. There will then be soups, salads and hearty means such as lamb confit or chicken with saffron rice. Finish off with a date pudding or chocolate fondant. Dhs108 (three-courses), Dhs138 (four-courses). Various locations including Dubai Marina Mall, Dubai Marina, www.bateel.com
Chef’s House A specially crafted iftar menu featuring live cooking stations and flavours from across the Middle East. Breaking of the fast will commence with the chef’s daily special menu and lamb ouzi and shawarma stations. Traditional desserts include kunafa, muhalabiah, baklava and katayef.? Dhs159 adults, Dhs79 for kids aged five to 11. Sunset-11pm. Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Media City, www.radissonblu.com/en/hotel-mediacitydubai/ramadan (04 366 9131).
Constellation Ballroom The Constellation Ballroom at Rhe Address Dubai Marina will be serving a traditional iftar buffet featuring an selection of Arabian and international favourites, with live cooking stations, a variety of authentic sweets and desserts, and refreshing Ramadan juices. There will also be authentic Emirati dishes such as lafayef khoboz falazi, robyan mashwi, and tekat deyay. A live oud player will provide entertainment. Dhs220 per person, half-price for kids aged six-11, free for kids under five. Daily from sunset-9pm. The Address Dubai Marina, Dubai Marina, www.mydubairamadan.com (04 436 7777).
Counter Culture Café This Marriott Harbour Hotel restaurant will be open for indoor and outdoor dining, with buffet style live stations and shisha available on the terrace. Dhs120 adults, free for kids under six. Daily sunset-9.30pm. Dubai Marriott Harbour Hotel & Suites, King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Street, Dubai Marina www.marriottharbourdubaidining.com (04 319 4000)
Eggspectation Eggspection's outdoor terrace overlooking the JBR beach will stay open throughout Ramadan. The restaurant will open to visitors at the time of iftar and will stay open until midnight. Dhs95 per person. Daily sunset-midnight. The Beach, opposite JBR, www.eggspectation.com (04 430 7252).
Flavours Iftar buffet of Arabian dishes including hot and cold mezze, mixed grills, seafood, sweet treats, and more. The spread features a selection of dates, and Ramadan juices such as kamaruddin, rooh afza, and jallab. Group bookings of ten or more get a 20 percent discount on the bill. Dhs99 per person. Daily from sunset-10.30pm. Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham, Jumeirah Beach Residence, www.hawthornsuitesdubai.com (04 399 9979).
Horizon Extensive buffet of mezze, salads, classic Arabic dishes, Emirati specialities, desserts, dates, fruit and Ramadan juices. Book 15 days prior to enjoy a 15 percent discount, while groups of ten enjoy one complimentary iftar. Dhs165 per person. Daily from sunset-9pm. Amwaj Rotana Hotel, JBR, www.rotana.com/amwajrotana (04 428 2000).
Mamemo Majlis Loulou’s Ballroom at Mamemo Majlis will be transformed into a contemporary Arabic venue for the Holy Month. Enjoy aromatic shisha, traditional drinks and live Arabic entertainment. Dhs220 per person. Daily 7pm-8.30pm. The Ritz-Carlton Dubai, JBR, www.ritzcarlton.com/en/hotels/dubai/dubai-beach/dining/ramadan (04 399 4000).
Ramusake At this eye-catching JBR location with views over the Jumeirah shoreline, a variety of classic iftar dishes will be served, plus an array of pan-Asian dishes to make this an alternative treat. Enjoy dates, edamame, fried pepper squid, sweet potato fries, salmon sashimi, spicy tuna roll and braised short rib as part of your iftar, plus much more. Dhs199 per person. Daily from sunset-9pm. DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Dubai – Jumeirah Beach, JBR, www.ramusake.ae (04 559 5300).
Rüya An array of Anatolian dishes await diners at iftar with a variety of soups, mezze and main courses from an à la carte menu, plus sweet Turkish desserts to conclude the meal before tea is served. Dhs195 per person. Daily from sunset. Grosvenor House, Dubai Marina, www.ruyadubai.com (04 399 9123).
Segreto An alternative, Italian take on iftar featuring a set menu of traditional Mediterranean favourites. Dhs250 per person. Daily from sunset-8pm. Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim (04 432 3232).
Shores Enjoy a buffet spread including live cooking stations featuring lamb ouzi, pasta and shawarmas and an extensive selection of soups, starters, hot mezze and main course dishes. Desserts include international selections such as New York cheesecake and plum crumble as well as more authentic creations such as halawat al jeben, wardat al sham and Umm Ali. Dhs145 per person, half-price for kids aged six-12, free for kids under five. Daily from sunset-8.30pm. Shores, Ramada Plaza Jumeirah Beach, JBR, email@example.com (04 439 8883).
Tagine Come together with family and friends this Ramadan at this truly Moroccan restaurant, serving a lavish selection of both buffet and a la carte options. Moroccan salads, and freshly prepared traditional Moroccan delicacies will be served alongside the sounds of traditional Oud and tabla. Dhs220 per person. Daily from sunset. One&Only Royal Mirage, King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Street, firstname.lastname@example.org (04 399 9999).
The Address Constellation Ballroom The Constellation Ballroom will be pushing the boat out for iftar with an extensive buffet of both Arabian and international dishes, plus live cooking stations, authentic sweets and desserts, plus a live oud player for a splash of entertainment. Dhs220 per person. Daily from sunset-9pm. The Address Dubai Marina, www.mydubairamadan.com (04 436 7777).
The Palace ‘Ramadan Café Courtyard’ A traditional Ramadan experience at this café courtyard gives guests tranquil evenings and a selection of oriental specialities, coffee and tea to enjoy. Dhs50 cover charge. Daily from 8pm-2.30am. One&Only Royal Mirage, King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Street email@example.com (04 399 9999).
The Rotisserie Tuck into a selection of mezzes, salads, and a live grill serving traditional ouzi lamb with oriental rice, tagine kofta with egg and green peas and homemade desserts. Dhs220 per person. Daily from sunset. One&Only Royal Mirage, King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Streetrestaurants@oneandonlyroyalmirage.ae (04 399 9999).
The Talk Traditional Arabian iftar is served at The Talk. Live entertainment comes from an oud player and shisha is also available in the outdoor area. Dhs160 per person. Daily from sunset. Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach, JBR, firstname.lastname@example.org (04 449 8834).
Zest Experience truly memorable Ramadan evenings with family and friends at this elegant venue with private dining areas, mesmerising pool and garden views and an expansive terrace. A delicious iftar buffet featuring Ramadan specialities, international and Emirati dishes prepared by the in house Arabic chef, will be served. Dhs250 (adults), half price (children under 12); Dhs150 for shisha with Moroccan tea and Arabic sweets. Daily from sunset-11.30pm. One&Only The Palm, Palm Jumeirah email@example.com (04 440 1030).