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.
Al Fayruz Ramadan Tent Evoking the essence of the season, the Al Fayruz Ramadan tent by Fairmont Ajman presents an iftar buffet of Emirati, Turkish and Arabian cuisine. Dhs175. Daily from sunset-9pm. Fairmont Ajman (06 701 5757).
Cinnamon All Day Dining Restaurant Generous Buffet of Middle Eastern and International delicacies with live cooking stations, Arabic desserts and fresh juices. Dhs155 per person, half price for kids aged six-12, free for kids under six. Daily from sunset-11pm. The Cove Rotana Resort, Ras Al Khaimah (07 206 6292).
Meze Restaurant Iftar buffet serving an array of Arabic and international dishes including lamb ouzi, mixed grill with Turkish flavours and pastas along with fresh juices, coffee and tea. There’s also live oud music. Dhs125 per person. Daily from sunset. DoubleTree by Hilton Resort & Spa Marjan Island (07 203 0000).
The Meydan Ramadan Tent Head to this special Ramadan Tent at The Meydan Hotel for an iftar featuring a range of traditional dishes. Dhs199 per person, Dhs99 (kids under 12), free (kids under five). Daily from sunset-9pm. The Meydan Hotel, Nad Al Sheba (04 381 3231).
Try this Iftar at The Marketplace and Zabeel Ballroom Tent. There’s a traditional buffet with mezze and more. Dhs179 per person, Dhs90 (kids aged six-12), free (kids under six). Daily, 6.30pm-9pm. Marriott Hotel Al Jaddaf (04 317 7777).