Iftar is the meal with which Muslims break their daily fast. Traditionally, the fast is broken with dates and a small drink of either water, juice or Arabic coffee, before prayers are undertaken, following which iftar is served.
Often, Emirati families put on big evening meals for all their family and friends – you’ll sometimes see iftar tents pop up outside big villas – though many also dine out at the many restaurants around the city.
The meal usually starts with soup – such as shorbat (lentil soup) – before mains are brought out, featuring rice, salads, grilled meats and more, and finally a selection of sweets treats for dessert.
Al Ameera Ballroom Get ready for a unique iftar, by dining in the ballroom at the Grand Hyatt Dubai, which boasts live cooking stations and special Ramadan drinks. Dhs210 per person, Dhs105 (kids aged six-12), free (kids under six). Grand Hyatt Dubai, Oud Metha (04 317 2222).
Indulge in a traditional iftar feast at Azur offering authentic Arabic favourites and international specialities. Dhs195 per person, Dhs98 (kids aged six-12), free (kids under six). Daily from sunset-9pm. Raffles Dubai, Oud Metha (04 324 8888).
Enjoy an ftar buff¬et featuring Arabic favourites, international dishes, and live cooking stations. There’s also top views of the Dubai skyline. Dhs139 per person Dhs99 (per person for group bookings of 30 people and above). Daily from sunset-11pm. Park Regis Kris Kin Hotel, Bur Dubai (04 377 1111).
A family-style set menu. Guests will be able to choose from cold and warm starters followed by soup, a main course and dessert. Dhs230 per person. Private bookings available. Daily from sunset-11pm. Culture Village, Al Jaddaf (04 556 8830).
Indulge in a variety of traditional dishes from the buffet – a selection of juices, salad, mezze, soups, breads, and main courses. Dhs69 per person. Daily from sunset-9.30pm. Four Points by Sheraton Bur Dubai, Bur Dubai (04 397444).
Celebrate with family, friends, and colleagues at Tirquaz Bistro’s iftar buffet, which includes shisha in some packages. Dhs69 (buffet), Dhs99 (with shisha). Daily after sunset. Majestic Hotel Tower, Bur Dubai (04 501 2528).