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.
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.
Anise Enjoy an international and Arabic buffet with eight live cooking stations at this Festival City spot. Dhs215 per person. Daily from sunset-10pm. InterContinental Dubai Festival City, Dubai Festival City (04 701 1127).
Bareburger For a casual iftar head to Bareburger. Enjoy a choice of burger or a salad with a side, a drink and a shake for just Dhs69. Dhs69 per person. Daily from sunset-1am. Dubai Festival City Mall, Festival City (04 343 7110).
Da Vinci's Try an iftar menu with a mix of Ramadan specialties, with an Italian twist. Dhs120 per person, plus VAT. Daily from sunset. Millennium Airport Hotel Dubai, Garhoud (04 702 8888).
Day and Night Ballroom The ballroom at the Jumeirah Creekside Hotel has been transformed into a contemporary Arabian retreat for Ramadan. Dhs150 per person. Daily from sunset-8.30pm. Jumeirah Creekside Hotel, Garhoud (04 230 8510).
Loumi Restaurant This international restaurant has a buffet with Arabic and global dishes. Dhs149 per person, Dhs79 (kids aged five-12), free (kids under five). Daily from sunset-8pm. Millennium Airport Hotel Dubai, Garhoud (04 702 8888).
Mahec by Satish Arora Iftar buffet with Indian food promising a “lavish spread” prepared by chefs. Dhs129 per person. Daily from sunset-9.30pm. Le Meridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Center, Garhoud (04 702 2615).
Yalumba Live cooking stations including mixed grills, manakish, ouzi, pide, to cold mezze platters and shawarma. Dhs169 per person, Dhs150 per person for group booking before April 30. Daily from sunset-8.30pm. Le Meridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Center, Garhoud (04 217 0000).