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.
A La Turca Restaurant Enjoy a mouthwatering selection of homemade Turkish recipes and traditional Middle Eastern delicacies during Iftar for Dhs230 per person. Dhs230 (adults), Dhs115 for kids under 12, free kids under six. Daily from sunset-10pm. Rixos The Palm Dubai, Palm Jumeirah (04 457 5454).
Al Nafoorah Perfect for intimate gatherings, enjoy authentic hot and cold mezze, tasty mains and a wide selection of Lebanese cuisine. Dhs195 per person, half price (kids aged four-12), free (kids under four). Daily from sunset-9pm. Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, Palm Jumeirah (04 453 0000).
Asateer Tent This grand iftar, held in the traditional and famous Asateer tent at Atlantis The Palm offers up a wide ranging of dishes – including those from Bread Street Kitchen and Ronda Locatelli. Dhs220 per person. Daily from sunset-8.30pm. Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 0376).
Bread Street Kitchen and Bar Gordon Ramsay’s British restaurant is offering up à la carte classics, as well as an ice cream station. Prices à la carte. Daily from 6pm-10.30pm. Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 2626).
Crescendo Enjoy a traditional iftar buffet with a live kanoun players. Dishes include mezze such as sambousek and moutabel, as well as mixed grills. Plus, for every party of ten adults, one person dines free. Dhs199 per person, Dhs100 (kids aged six-12), free (kids under six). Daily from sunset. Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort, Palm Jumeirah (04 567 8304).
Fairuz Tent The extensive Iftar buffet will provide irresistible traditional delights, indulgent desserts, lavish date displays and Ramadan-inspired beverages. Dhs195 for those who make reservations before 10 May), Dhs215 (standard) per person, half price for kids aged six-12, free for kids under six. Daily from sunset-9pm. Fairmont The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 457 3457).
Ibn AlBahr Authentic Lebanese offerings with hot and cold mezze and freshly caught fish for the iftar mains. Dhs125 per person. Daily from sunset-9pm. Club Vista Mare, Palm Jumeirah (04 553 9575).
Imperium Journey back in time to regal surroundings and feast on Arabic delicacies with family and friends. Dhs195 per person, half price (kids aged four-12), free (kids under four). Daily from sunset-11pm. Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, Palm Jumeirah (04 453 0000).
Kaleidoscope Kaleidoscope offers an array of dishes from around the world, along with a special iftar buffet this Ramadan. Prices vary. Daily, 6pm-8.30pm (iftar). Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 2626).
Lalezar Enjoy an Anatolian feast of traditional dishes. Dhs195 per person, half price (kids aged four-12), free (kids under four). Daily from sunset-9pm. Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, Palm Jumeirah (04 453 0000).
Manava The iftar experience will offer an extensive choice of Middle Eastern specialities and Western dishes at the light, bright Manava restaurant. Dhs195 per person, half price kids aged six-12), free (kids under six). Daily from sunset-11pm. Sofitel The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 455 5656).
Mezzerie Hot and cold mezze, fresh juices, soups, mixed grills, live cooking stations, white chocolate dates, kunafa and baklavas. Dhs205 per person, Dhs102 for kids aged six-12. Daily from sunset-8.30pm. Waldorf Astoria Palm Jumeirah, Palm Jumeirah (04 818 2222).
Quattro Passi Enjoy a family-style Italian iftar with antipasti, soups, pastas and grills at this classy restaurant at FIVE Palm Jumeirah. Plus, if you book for iftar you’ll get free babysitting for kids aged five to 14 from 6pm until 9pm. Dhs210 per person. Daily from sunset. FIVE Palm Jumeirah Dubai (04 455 9988).
Ronda Locatelli This traditional Italian restaurant from celebrity chef Giorgio Locatelli is serving an à la carte iftar. Prices à la carte. Sat-Tue from 6pm-10.30pm. Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 2626).
Saffron There’s a huge amount of dishes on offer at this international buffet. Prices à la carte. Daily, 6pm-11pm. Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 2626).
Sultan's Lounge There’s a set menu of dishes at this casual lounge at Jumeirah Zabeel Saray. Dhs180 per person. Daily from sunset-3am. Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, Palm Jumeirah (04 453 0000).
The Retreat Palm Dubai Offers rejuvenating activities together with a nourishing iftar to enrich the experience of Ramadan. Dhs175 per person (set menu), Dhs225 (wellness lounge), Dhs130 (set menu for group iftar). Daily, 7.30pm-9pm. East Crescent, Palm Jumeirah (04 524 7777).
Zest Celebrate with friends and family at Zest restaurant at the picturesque One&Only The Palm. Enjoy a variety of Arabic and International dishes from sunset every day. Dhs250 per person. Daily from sunset. One&Only The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 399 9999).