The best places to break your fast in Al Sufouh and Umm Suqeim
Time Out Dubai staff
Al Falak Ballroom The Al Falak Ballroom, inspired by a Viennese opera house, will be transformed into a palatial Ramadan tent. Enjoy a traditional iftar buffet with local dishes and listen to a live badri band. Dhs260. From sunset-9pm. Burj Al Arab, Umm Suqeim, BAARestaurants@jumeriah.com (04 301 7600).
Al Iwan Iftar in the world’s tallest atrium. Al Iwan offers a view of the Burj al Arab’s interior architecture, plus an iftar buffet, featuring hot and cold mezze, main courses and a desserts, plus live kanoon and challou performances. Dhs290 per person. Daily from sunset. Burj Al Arab, Umm Suqeim, BAARestaurants@jumeriah.com (04 301 7600).
Al Majlis Al Majlis is planning a traditional, hospitable Ramadan experience, with an extensive iftar buffet in a specially constructed tent. Dhs210 per person. Daily from sunset. Al Majlis, Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim, firstname.lastname@example.org (04 432 3232).
Arboretum Located on the ground floor of the Jumeirah Al Qasr, the Arboretum will be delivering traditional Arabian dining culture and cuisine. Enjoy iftar with views of the sea and Burj Al Arab. Dhs195 per person. Daily from sunset. Arboretum, Jumeirah Al Qasr, Umm Suqeim, email@example.com (04 432 3232).
Govinda’s Jumeirah This healthy Indian restaurant has designed an iftar menu where eating light is the priority. Get a beverage, salad, appetiser, two main courses and a dessert for under 700 calories. Dhs76 per person. Daily from sunset-1am. Jumeirah Beach Road, Umm Suqeim 2, www.mygovindas.com (04 321 1884).
Hanaaya Meaning happiness in Arabic, Hanaaya is offering an authentic iftar buffet, with live cooking stations serving up a mix of flavours and some locally sourced ingredients – all on a terrace overlooking the Madinat Jumeirah waterways. Dhs195 per person. Daily from sunset. Hanaaya, Jumeriah Mina A’Salam, Umm Suqeim, firstname.lastname@example.org (04 432 3232).
Kaftan Restaurant Kaftan offers up views of the Burj Al Arab with an air conditioned tent placed in the courtyard specifically for iftar. Break fast with 100 dishes prepared daily, including soup, cold and hot mezze, mains, grills, bakery items and desserts with ottoman sherbet. Sunset-2am. Dhs190 per person, kids ages six-12 dine for dhs90. Opposite Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Umm Suqeim. www.kaftan-restaurant.com (04 275 3062).
Latitude International iftar buffet with an Arabic touch. Expect traditional dishes and an array of international cuisine Dhs210 per person. Daily from sunset. Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Umm Suqeim, Restaurants@Jumeriah.com (04 432 3232).
Majlis Al Safinah A traditional iftar menu with family favourites in a grand setting for Ramadan. Dhs210. Daily from sunset-8.45pm. Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Umm Suqeim (04 432 3232).
Naya An authentic North Indian thali iftar at Jumeirah Beach Hotel. Naya presents a blend of classic and contemporary North Indian Cuisine. Dhs150 per person. Daily from sunset. Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Umm Suqeim, Restaurants@Jumeriah.com (04 432 3232).
Pai Thai The idyllic Thai eatery on the waterways of the Madinat is serving Thai-inspired dishes. Dhs250 per person. Daily 7pm-8.30pm. Jumeirah Al Qasr, Madinat Jumeirah Umm Suqeim (04 432 3232).
Perry & Blackwelder’s Enjoy an alternative iftar in the Madinat featuring home-made dishes from the deep south of America. The menu will rotate regularly throughout Ramadan, but will always bring its quintessential relaxed vibe. Dhs195 for two food platters. Daily from sunset-8.30pm. Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim (04 432 3232).
Pierchic This stunning seafood restaurant is serving a set iftar menu featuring hummus, fattoush and seafood grills. Dhs280 per person. Daily 7pm-8.30pm. Jumeirah Al Qasr, Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim (04 366 6705).
Sloane's Sloane’s lively open-show kitchen showcases a wide array of tasty dishes for iftar, including traditional Arabic cuisine and succulent roast meats, salads and sushi. Appetisers include traditional hot and cold Arabic mezze platters, antipasti and cheeses. For mains different live stations include a tandoor oven, shawarma station, plancha grill as well as fresh seafood straight from the ocean. For dessert, guests can enjoy Arabic dishes such as Umm Ali, freshly prepared Kunafe and more. Sunset-8.30pm. Dhs260 per person including soft drinks, Dhs130 for children aged four-12. Grosvenor House, Al Sufouh Road. www.sloanes-dubai.com (04 317 6000).
The Palmery Located at the heart of Jumeirah Al Naseem hotel, and inspired by traditional Arabic botanical gardens, this buffet restaurant offers a modern Arabic iftar with a contemporary ambience. Dhs195 per person. Daily from sunset. The Palmery, Jumeirah Al Naseem, Umm Suqeim, email@example.com (04 432 3232). Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina is offering a range of iftar across three of its main restaurants. On Fridays during Ramadan, Blue Orange, Spice Emporium and Hunters Room & Grill will open for a cross-restaurant iftar experience. Entertainment will include a traditional oud player and tanoura dancers, as well as a henna artist. All iftars will present an array of Middle Eastern specialities and beverages, including hot and cold mezze, lamb ouzi and Arabic sweets. Dhs180 per person, half-price for kids under 12. Daily from sunset. Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, King Abdulaziz Bin Salman Al Saud Street, Al Sufouh, www.westinminaseyahi.com (04 511 7373).