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.
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 restaurants across the city which host special events.
Al Dawaar A lavish iftar experience at Dubai’s only revolving restaurant and lounge, with 360-degree panoramic city views. Dhs180 per person, Dhs90 for kids aged six-12. Daily from sunset-8.30pm. Hyatt Regency Dubai, Deira (04 209 6887).
Al Mansour Dhow Cruise Enjoy iftar onboard with traditional hot and cold mezze, Indian, Arabic and international dishes. Dhs149 (adults), Dhs75 for kids aged four-12, free for kids under four. Boarding time: 6.30pm, Sailing: 7pm-8.30pm. Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Deira Creek, Deira (04 205 7033).
Aseelah, Shabestan, Minato, Fish Market Iftar buffet featuring Emirati cuisine including traditional ouzi, hot and cold mezze, Persian, Indian, Chinese, Japanese and seafood. Dhs169 (adults), Dhs80 for kids aged four-12, free for kids under four. Daily from sunset-10pm. Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Deira Creek (04 205 7033).
Café Arabesque Dine alongside family and friends while enjoying Levantine dishes at this Park Hyatt venue. Dhs220 per person. Daily from sunset. Park Hyatt Dubai, Deira (0 4 602 1814).
Glasshouse Brasserie A combination of Mediterranean dishes and Arabic specialities. Dhs139 per person. Daily from sunset-11pm. Hilton Dubai Creek, Deira (04 212 7550).
Liwan Restaurant A delightful iftar buffet selection and live Oriental music. Dhs139 per person, free (kids under six). Daily, sunset-9pm. Swissotel Al Ghurair, Deira (04 293 3000).
Medley Restaurant Prepared by “master chef” Mama and served in an Arabic authentic atmosphere to the sounds of a live oud player. Dhs189 (adults), Dhs89 for kids aged six-12, free for kids under six. Daily from 7pm-11pm. Pullman Dubai Creek City Centre, Deira (04 294 1222).
QD's Buffet of regional cuisine such as kubeideh, lamb tajine with prunes and plums, samak harra, and roasted chicken. Dhs165 per person, Dhs65 (kids aged six-12). Daily from sunset-9pm. Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, Deira (04 2054500).
Shayan Restaurant Offering a Lebanese and Persian themed Iftar set menu. Dhs149 per person, half price (kids aged six-12), free (kids under six). Daily, sunset-9pm. Swissotel Al Ghurair, Deira (04 293 3000).
Skye & Walker This traditional iftar serves up Middle Eastern treats, sweets all set to traditional music. Dhs85 per person. Daily sunset-9.30pm. Marriott Executive Apartments Dubai Creek, Deira (04 213 1221).
The Market Place and Town Square Celebrate the breaking of fast with an iftar buffet designed to bring families, friends and colleagues together. Dhs115 per person, Dhs50 for kids aged five-12,free for kids under five. Daily from sunset-9pm. JW Marriott Hotel Dubai, Deira (04 607 7977).