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The Address: An open buffet with a wide selection of traditional fare can be found at the Fazaris restaurant. Price is Dhs165 per person, or half price for children ages 12 and under. Available from sunset until 2.30am. (04 436 8814)
Al Bustan Rotana: Live cooking stations make this Iftar, which can be found at the Choices restaurant and costs just Dhs140 per person. (04 282 0000)
Atlantis: Atlantis has a Majlis tent located on the Royal Beach, overlooking the Palm, with Iftar just Dhs145 per person. Or head indoors for the buffet at Arabic restaurant Levantine, again for Dhs145 per person, and enjoy shisha on the terrace until 2am. (04 426 2626)
Burj Al Arab: The world’s only seven-star hotel is celebrating Iftar with a traditional Arabic buffet at Al Iwan, international fare at Bab Al Yam, and an Asian buffet at Junsui. Served from 6pm-7pm, and it costs Dhs290 per person at each. (04 301 7600)
Crowne Plaza Dubai: A traditional Arabic feast for Dhs145 is available at this Sheikh Zayed Road hotel, served from sunset until 8.30pm. (800 276 963)
Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club: One of the city’s best spots for shisha, QD’s is offering an a la carte menu to go with its beautiful outdoor setting overlooking the Creek. Served from 7pm-3am. (04 295 6000)
Dusit Thani Dubai: On the 24th floor of the hotel, the buffet has food from 22 countries. And you can sample the lot for just Dhs129 per person. (04 343 3333)
Fairmont Dubai: The Fairmont is offering Iftar in its Cascades restaurant. For only Dhs145 per person, you can enjoy the buffet and indulge your sweet tooth with a selection of traditional Arabic desserts. (04 311 8316)
Four Points by Sheraton, Downtown Dubai: Head to the suitably named Eatery restaurant and enjoy such Iftar favourites as ouzi, biryani and shawarmas for just Dhs100 per person. Or book a table for four, and kids under 12 eat free. Also, if you book for 10 people, you can invite an 11th for free. (04 354 3333)
Four Points by Sheraton, Sheikh Zayed Road: Moroccan restaurant At Home is the place to head here for Iftar deals. There are two set menus to choose from, priced at Dhs130 and Dhs165, and group bookings can also be arranged for a minimum of 15 people. (04 316 9711) Grand Hyatt: Visit the Ramadan tent on the hotel lawns, with an a la carte menu of traditional Arabic dishes and sweets, or enjoy the buffet in the Al Ameera Ballroom with its live cooking stations. The buffet costs Dhs150 per person, including soft drinks, with a Dhs30 cover charge week days and Dhs40 weekends. (04 317 1234)
Grosvenor House: Enjoy an international buffet at Sloane’s restaurant, served from sunset to 8pm and costing Dhs165. Or head to Ottomans, where you can enjoy a Turkish feast, with live oud music and an extensive selection of shisha, again for Dhs165 per person. There’s also an a la carte menu, plus a live oud player, from 6pm-2am at the majlis tent in the lobby. (04 399 8888)
Habtoor Grand Resort & Spa: The Habtoor is offering an Iftar feast at its Al Dhiyafa restaurant, and guests can relax afterwards in the resort’s Ramadan tent, the Hush Lounge. The Iftar buffet is Dhs175 per person, served from sunset until 8pm. Sweets, coffee and shisha are served in the Hush Lounge afterwards. (04 399 5000)
Hilton Dubai Jumeirah: Here you’ll find a large air- conditioned Ramadan tent, with a buffet that changes daily. Prices are Dhs145 for adults, half price for children ages six-12, or free if five and below. Sahoor dishes are also available. (04318 2205)
Hyatt Regency: An Arabic feast awaits at Dubai’s only revolving restaurant, Al Dawaar. Price is Dhs150, or Dhs90 for kids (soft drinks included). Pop along from 6pm-8pm. (04 209 6661)
Jumeirah Beach Hotel: The hotel’s grand marquee on the beach, Diwan Al Khayal, is suitable for all sizes of events, from private dinners with family and friends to corporate events for up to 600 guests. Visitors can enjoy an Iftar buffet for Dhs165 per person, from sunset until 8pm, and an a la carte Suhoor menu from 9.30pm onwards. Jumeirah Beach Hotel’s Latitude restaurant also offers an Iftar buffet from sunset until 8pm from Dhs165 per person. (04 406 8999)
Jumeirah Emirates Towers: There’s a choice of Iftar buffets here. At Al Nafoorah you can enjoy a spread of Lebanese dishes inclusive of traditional beverages, and at Mosaico you can finish your Iftar feast with shisha on the open sky poolside terrace. Both Iftars are served from sunset until 7.30pm for Dhs190 per person. Jumeirah Emirates Towers will also donate Dhs5 for every Iftar meal to the Dubai Centre For Special Needs. (04 319 8088)
JW Marriott: The JW Marriot has built a huge Iftar tent in its Time Square location, with over 60 different dishes on offer. The buffet is just Dhs150 per person (Dhs75 for kids ages six-14), and while you’re there you can shop in the spice souk, marvel at one of the Arabic musicians, or watch Ramadan TV on one of the many plasma screens. (04 607 7977)
Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates:Sezzam restaurant boasts the city’s largest Iftar buffet, all for Dhs189 per person inclusive of juices, cold and hot drinks, served from 5.30pm-8pm. Groups of 10 pay just Dhs150 per person. Or try K Grill for a set menu, for Dhs220 per person including drinks, with shisha in a traditional majlis on the poolside terrace available from 5.30pm-8pm. (04 409 5999) The Lakes Club: Hayya! is offering a family Iftar under the stars. Price is Dhs65 per person, or Dhs30 per child ages five-12. Served from sunset until midnight. (04 362 7791)
Le Royal Méridien Resort & Spa: For a traditional Iftar, head to the Brasserie, where you will find all of the staple Arabic fare for Dhs170 per person. Something a little lighter can be found at the Al Khaima terrace, where guests can enjoy the views over the Arabian Gulf, shisha and traditional music, plus two hot and two cold mezze dishes, all for just Dhs77. (04 316 5550)
Madinat Jumeirah: At the Madinat Jumeirah, you can enjoy an Iftar buffet inclusive of three juices at Arboretum for Dhs175 per person. Then head to the majlis tent and Layali, which is open after Iftar until 1am, with an a la carte Suhoor menu on offer. (04 366 6730)
Media Rotana: Drop in to the hotel’s Channels restaurant, and enjoy a stylish Iftar feast for just Dhs140 per person – or book in a group and qualify for a discount. If you’re looking to conduct a spot of business before the evening’s festivities, take advantage of the ‘Ramadan meeting package’ – get three coffee breaks and a full Iftar for just Dhs149 per person. (04 435 0230)
Monarch Dubai: Iftar at the Monarch is held at the all-day dining restaurant, Mizaan, offering a host of both classic and contemporary Arab dishes, sweets and juices, all for Dhs165 per person. For those wanting to host their own private Iftar, the Monarch is taking bookings for its Al Massa ballroom and Nur Al Ain private room, overlooking the impressive foyer, with prices at Dhs165 per head. (04 501 8888)
Montgomerie Golf Course: Feast on the outside terrace at Nineteen, and enjoy a shisha or two afterwards. Price is Dhs175 per person, or Dhs225 including drinks. Children ages six-12 half price, and under sixes free. (04 390 5600)
The Palace: Go to Ewaan to experience a traditional meal in an Arabesque setting, with a henna corner and live oud music. Price is Dhs180 for adults, Dhs90 for kids aged six-12, free for children under five. (04 428 7888)
Park Hyatt: Dubai Enjoy Suhoor at The Terrace, overlooking the Creek, from 8pm-3am. Here you will find hot and cold mezze, shawarmas, falafel and mixed grills, all for Dhs140, with a shisha option for Dhs45. There is also a Ramadan tent by the Marina, or you can sample more than 40 different kinds of mezze at the hotel’s Café Arabesque (five set menus rotate daily). The price for the Iftar menu here is Dhs160, or Dhs85 for children aged between six and 12. Traiteur will also be serving up mezze and grilled meats until 3am, with prices from Dhs170-190. (04 317 2222)
Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Deira Creek: A traditional Iftar buffet with ouzi, shawarma, Indian curry, mixed fatayer and Arabic and continental desserts can be found at Boulvar restaurant, and it costs just Dhs99. Also drop into Shabestan – the city’s best Persian restaurant features a mix of Arabic mezze and classic Iranian dishes, all for Dhs125 per person. (04 222 7171)
Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Media City: There’s an Iftar buffet at Chef’s House restaurant with all the trimmings until 9pm – and it costs just Dhs99. This has to be one of the most affordable Iftars in town. Private or group Iftar bookings and corporate packages are available upon request – just call the number for more info. (04 366 9111) Raffles Dubai: Head to Azur for a traditional meal from the buffet, then try out the restaurant’s innovative shisha combinations. Price is Dhs155, served from 6pm-9.30pm. (04 314 9888)
Renaissance Hotel: The Iftar served up at Spice Island costs Dhs129 and is available until 8pm. Here you will find ouzi, fresh meats from the grill, Indian tandoori, and seafood from the Mongolian station, with kunafa, khatayef, basbousa and eish al saraya for dessert. Dine in a group and you’ll be entered into a competition, with meals and flights up for grabs. After your meal, drop into the Aquarium Lounge, where you can pick up traditional sweets, or order special cakes featuring the Ramadan message of your choice. (04 262 5555)
Ritz-Carlton: Celebrate the holy month at the Ritz-Carlton in the hotel’s Nour Ramadan tent (translated means ‘the light of Ramadan’), overlooking the Arabian Gulf. Open for Iftar and Sahoor until 2am daily, guests can partake in the buffet for Dhs225 per person, or opt for the shisha and refreshment option for Dhs200. (04 399 4000)
Wafi: Head to Persia Persia, Wafi’s Iranian restaurant, for a traditional Arabic buffet, shisha and board games. Iftar is served from sunset-8pm, with an a la carte menu after 8pm. Price for the Iftar is Dhs150 per person, or Dhs75 for kids aged 12 and under. (04 324 4100)
The Westin: The Westin’s light and airy Blue Orange is a great venue for Iftar, at Dhs195 per person. Dishes include Arabic mezze and grills, plus a range of international dishes from across the globe. This is served from sunset until 11pm. (04 399 4141)
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Dari Sep 09, 2009 11:06 am
the Jumeirah Beach Hotel never answers their phone, now foe 3 days all I get is 10 - 15 minutes of repeated music then disconnect.
maybe they need to update their numbers
Ceejay Sep 06, 2009 10:47 am
New Ramada in Al Barsha only 25dhs- nice offering of salads hot dishes, easily 15 plus fruit and ice cream bar with 5 flavours!
Alex Aug 31, 2009 11:25 am
But i must say people are looking for good quality buffets on a budget.
I found one 4 days ago in International City.
Not much of a selection which they had less than 15 items on an open buffet but defenitely worth it when you know the price.
Dhs39, yes and the quality is very good. You can check Chef Express Restaurant in International City. Its worth the drive.
marcella jones Aug 26, 2009 09:46 pm
Great reviews and a wealth of restaurants to select from.