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 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.
Café Isan This popular budget restaurant has an iftar menu that features Thai classics such as tom yum goong spicy prawn soup, Thai basil chicken (kra pao gai), homemade crispy spring rolls (poh pia pak) and papaya salad (som tum). Dhs55 per person. Daily from sunset. Cluster M, JLT (04 513 5289).
Channels Visit Channels, which is offering a iftar with traditional Ramadan beverages and dishes from all over the world. Dhs195 per person, Dhs99 (kids aged five-11), free (kids under five). Daily from sunset-8.30pm. Media Rotana, Barsha Heights (04 435 0201).
Couqley Choose one starter, one main and a dessert at this French restaurant in JLT. The iftar includes water and dates, too. Dhs139 per person. Daily from sunset. Cluster A, Jumeirah Lakes Towers (04 514 9339).
Day & Night Restaurant This iftar buffet offers traditional dishes such as lamb ouzi, manakeesh, lamb chops with vine leaves, falafel and tasty chicken shawarma, as well as international dishes. Dhs120 per person, Dhs60 (kids aged six-12), free (kids under six). Daily from sunset-10pm. Mercure Dubai Barsha Heights Hotel Suites & Apartments (04 381 8888).
Local During Ramadan, guests are invited to break their fast at LOCAL with a traditional Turkish dining experience. From Dhs99 per person (minimum of eight people), half price (kids aged six-12), free (kids under six). Daily from sunset-9pm. TRYP by Wyndham Dubai, Barsha Heights (04 247 6630).
NAY Enjoy a buffet with a different international-themed menu every night, plus music from a live oud player. Dhs139 per person. Daily from sunset-9.30pm. Somewhere Hotel, Barsha Heights (04 561 0600).
nosh restaurant Experience the breaking of fast with a traditional iftar buffet at this JLT location. Plus there’s an early bird deal of Dhs109 if you book before Thursday May 10. Dhs139 per person. Daily from sunset-10.30pm. Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Lakes Towers, Jumeirah Lakes Towers (04 438 0000).
Ostro There’s a healthy buffet in store at this Barsha Heights restaurant. Dhs139 per person, half price (kids aged six-12), free (up to two kids under six). Daily from sunset-9pm. dusitD2 Kenz Hotel, Barsha Heights (04 567 2246).
Shakespeare and Co. Enjoy a three-course iftar menu at this quirky café, starring a soup, salad and main course. Dhs99 per person. Daily from sunset-9pm. Various locations including Emirates Living (04 360 8886).