30 to try: Iftar in Dubai

We pick out an Iftar location for every day of the month. Check out these meal deals and tell us where you are breaking your fast. 14 Comments

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Al Badia Golf Club by InterContinental Dubai Festival City: The traditional way to break the fast is with dates, which are plentiful at the Tee Lounge and Blades Restaurant’s buffet. Also available are regional juices, including karkadeh (hibiscus tea). Hot and cold mezze, a salad corner, and an Asian-themed area make the Dhs160 price tag worth it. Alternatively, show up between 8pm and 2am, and you can opt to dine from the a la carte Sahour menu.
(04 601 0101)

Al Bustan Rotana: The air-conditioned Layalina tent can hold up to 450 people and is open from 9.30pm-3am every night during Ramadan. Its live cooking stations will be dishing up Oriental mixed grills, shawarma and fatteh. Next you can sample several flavours of shisha under the stars while listening to Lebanese Superstar 2008, the oud-playing Mohamed Jaafeel.
(04 282 0000)

Al Murooj Rotana: Pergolas Restaurant is offering a traditional Arabic buffet for Dhs149, but if you fancy seeing how the Indians do it, head to Zaika where traditional street dishes from Delhi and Lucknow are being served for the same price. Or if you’re in a group of 30 or more, you can hold your own private Iftar party in Al Yasat ballroom from Dhs178 per head.
(04 321 1111)

UPDATE: this is an article from 2009. View 2014 iftars and suhoors here.

City Centre Hotel: Having run for over a decade, La Cité Restaurant should be pretty clued up on how to get Iftar right. Check out their buffet of dishes including lamb ouzi, kofta bel saniya and a live shwarma station for Dhs120 per person.
(04 603 8080)

Crowne Plaza Dubai: The second-floor Aldana restaurant will be dishing up an Iftar buffet consisting of all the usual favourites – dried fruit and nuts, Lebanese mezze, soups and a carving station. Dine from Dhs155, and feel even better knowing Dhs5 of your money is going to the Dubai Centre for Special Needs. Private dining opportunities also available.
(800 276 963)

Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club: The ‘Al Sultan’ Ramadan experience promises stunning views overlooking Dubai Creek, shishas and Arabic food and drink. Entertainment comes in the form of traditional games and, from 10pm onwards, an oud player.
(04 295 6000)

UPDATE: this is an article from 2009. View 2014 iftars and suhoors here.
Dubai Marine Beach Resort & Spa: Take your pick between the traditional Arabic food (including dates, mezze and fried kibbeh) being dished up at Al Qasr’s buffet for Dhs140, or the Suhoor set menu in the Al Khayma tent, which will feature falafel and an Oriental grill, costing Dhs160.
(04 346 1111)

Fairmont Dubai: Feast under the soaring ceiling of Cascades restaurant with such Arabic delights as hot and cold mezze, juicy grills and roasted veal with vinegar and zaatar until 8.30pm for Dhs165. Or if you fancy something other than traditional Iftar food, 41 on One is offering six different cuisines with 41 per cent off the bill if you eat before 8.30pm.
(04 311 8316)

Grand Millennium Dubai: The Atrium restaurant is offering a wealth of Oriental specialities for Dhs125 (discounts available to groups of 10 or more) during Ramadan, or if you’re just after light refreshment hit Toshi, which is offering 10 different Asian soups. Take your pick from sweet or sour, thick or thin, Thai, Malasian, Chinese or Japanese, all at a la carte prices.
(04 429 9999)

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Habtoor Grand Resort & Spa: Al Naai, the extravagant beachside marquee, is serving up lavish Lebanese delicacies and shisha, while Al Dhiyafa Restaurant will be providing traditional Arabic dishes and Ramadan juices, from sunset until 8pm, for Dhs185.
(04 399 5000)

Hilton Dubai Jumeirah: A grand festive tent in the hotel gardens will offer guests the chance to recline on low-level seating and enjoy the beautiful night-time beach views, as well as light Arabic entertainment. Feast on hot and cold mezze, local juices and milkshakes, and puff on one of 17 varieties of shisha. The menu will change daily to reflect the region’s many different dishes. Dhs145 per adult.
(04 399 1111)

Hyatt Regency Dubai: A wealth of choice is available here. Take your pick from a set menu at The Kitchen restaurant, where the diverse food comes from either the grill, wok, tandoor or wood-burning oven, and is dished up in an open-kitchen setting for Dhs130 per person. Or for a buffet option, try revolving restaurant Al Dawaar for Dhs150. Private dining also available.
(04 317 2222)

UPDATE: this is an article from 2009. View 2014 iftars and suhoors here.

Jumeirah Bab Al Shams: Hotel restaurant Al Hadheerah’s Iftar offerings will be prepared on live cooking stations and in wood-fired Arabic ovens. There will be freshly-baked breads and traditional Ramadan beverages. The buffet will be available from sundown to 7.30pm and costs Dhs195 per person. Alternatively, dine in the restaurant from 8pm onwards for Dhs295 and enjoy the oud and kanoun trio and complimentary camel ride in the Heritage Village.
(04 809 6100)

Jumeirah Beach Hotel: The Arabian marquee has a buzzing bazaar-style atmosphere, with a souk which is separated from Diwan Al Khayal, the eating area, by sheer drapes. On offer for Iftar is a range of Middle Eastern delicacies, and an oasis with water features and tropical plants marks the Majlis, a traditional seating area. If you prefer your Iftar grub in a more contemporary setting, check out Latitude, which overlooks the hotels lush gardens. Either one of these experiences comes at Dhs165 per person.
(04 406 8999)

Jumeirah Emirates Towers: Eat at Al Nafoorah, the hotel’s award-winning Lebanese restaurant, and you can feast on a lavish buffet of traditional Lebanese favourites and Iftar drinks. There’s also a terrace for al-fresco dining. Dhs190 per person. Also see the Iftar buffet at Mosaico, which is the same price.
(04 319 8088)

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Le Méridien Dubai: A lavish buffet of traditional Arabic foods awaits at Yalumba for Dhs139 per person, and you can expect to find similar foods at Al Mijana Lebanese Restaurant for the same price. Both buffets operate from sunset until 8pm.
(04 217 0000)

Madinat Jumeirah: Du Majlis is a traditional Arabic tent, serving up a buffet alongside views of the Burj Al Arab each night during Ramadan. Alternatively, on Fridays check out the Iftar offerings at Al Muna, Arboretum and Khaymat Al Bahar, all of which afford stunning views of the Madinat’s waterways and cost Dhs195 per person.
(04 366 6730)

One&Only Royal Mirage: Two elegant, climate-controlled outdoor areas will host Iftar buffets: from 6pm-7.30pm, the Tagine restaurant at the Palace and Rotisserie at the Arabian Court will both serve up a variety of traditional dishes for Dhs150 per person. After that, the Palace Courtyard and the Arabian Court’s Al Koufa will serve oriental cuisine from 8pm until 2.30am.
(04 399 9999)

UPDATE: this is an article from 2009. View 2014 iftars and suhoors here.

The Palace: Ewaan restaurant is offering a classic Arabian buffet with live cooking stations from sunset until 8pm each night for Dhs180. From 9pm you can participate in the Feast Suhoor which incorporates a three-course set menu and live oud player for Dhs160. Alternatively book a private poolside Khaima where you can dine a la carte and smoke shisha with a minimum spend of Dhs2,000 and maximum of eight people per tent.
(04 428 7888)

Park Hyatt Dubai: Feast on freshly-baked Saj bread and falafel while relaxing on the waterfront Terrace restaurant for Dhs180 or Dhs200 (depending on menu selected); or opt for marina views from the Traiteur Balcony for the same price – both are open from 8pm-3am. Head to the Thai Kitchen Balcony if you want the full-on Iftar tent experience with lounge-style set-up and shisha from 8pm-3am; alternatively, from sundown to 7.30pm you can try Café Arabesque’s Iftar dishes (including mezze, soups and bigger main courses) for Dhs170.
(04 317 2222)

Pyramids, Wafi: Iranian restaurant Persia Persia will be serving up a traditional menu including salads, kebabs and stews until 8pm throughout Ramadan, for Dhs150 per person (20 per cent off for Wafi Select cardholders). An a la carte menu will also be available from 7.30pm onwards.
(04 324 4100)

UPDATE: this is an article from 2009. View 2014 iftars and suhoors here.

Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Deira Creek: Take your pick between bustling international restaurant Boulvar’s buffet feast of traditional Arabic dishes, or the five-star Al Mansour Dhow Cruise, which sails down the creek and also serves up a choice of international or Arabic fare (booking essential). Boulvar buffet is Dhs125 per person; call above number for cruise prices.
(04 205 7333)

Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Media City: A plasma screen showing the latest Ramadan TV programmes, with special Moroccan and Arabic tea and board games. A la carte tea menu.
(04 366 9111)

Raffles Dubai: Make a date with the fast-breaking fruit at Azur All Day Dining Restaurant, then make your way round the four salad stations and live cooking and meat carving areas, sampling the traditional lentil soup, mezze, and Oriental mixed grills. Finish the meal with classic desserts such as Umm Ali and Mouhalabia, while surveying the lush botanical gardens. Dhs200 per person until 9pm.
(04 314 9888)

UPDATE: this is an article from 2009. View 2014 iftars and suhoors here.

Le Royal Méridien Beach Resort & Spa: Chill out to the mellow sounds of the oud and the tabla in the specially-designed Ramadan tent while sampling from the traditional Arabic feast or playing a board game and smoking some shisha. The entry fee is Dhs99, which includes two hot and two cold mezze dishes. Alternatively, check out the sea view from the terrace at Al Khaima from 8pm-2am, or the watch the action at the Brasserie with its live cooking stations and buffet, for Dhs185 from sunset until 8pm.
(04 316 5550)

Shangri-La: The Shangri-La aims to offer something for everyone: the popular Dunes Café buffet will include old favourites like shawarma and grilled meats for Dhs158, while a traditional Moroccan Iftar at Marrakech will feature salads and pastries for the same price.
(04 343 8888)

Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding: An alternative option to the posh hotel experience is being provided by the SMCCU, where there will still be a good selection of traditional Arabic food and drink, but you can also go on a short tour of the Bastikiya Mosque and observe as volunteers pray. For details of when and where the meals are taking place, call ahead, as it’s not a nightly event.
(04 353 6666)

UPDATE: this is an article from 2009. View 2014 iftars and suhoors here.

Traders Hotel by Shangri-La, Dubai: For Dhs95 per person, The Junction Restaurant is serving up an Iftar Shahy Buffet consisting of a large selection of hot and cold mezze, dates with milk, and an Arabic mixed grill.
(04 214 7272)

Express by Holiday Inn Dubai Knowledge Village: The fifth-floor terrace venue of Vista Rooftop Bar & Restaurant will be serving up hot and cold mezze, fresh juices, dates, soup and shisha until 11.30pm each night during Ramadan.
(04 427 5555)

By Time Out Dubai staff
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User reviews:

Posted by: Aamir Rana on 13 Jul ' 12 at 14:18

Dear All,

we have the best option for every one for Iftat or any Function with in your bugget in allover Dubai.

Tom He Ho


Posted by: Kumar on 12 Jul ' 12 at 13:09

Guys for Iftar in 2012, try Grand Central Hotel, 4 star, In Rigga Road, Next to Rigga Metro Station in Deira. They have daily iftar buffet with more than 33 varities and iftar beverages at just 59 Dhs per person. Free parking and family atmosphere..pay additional 46 Dhs to go to their roof top poolside to relax with tea and coffee after Iftar.!! They certainly offer discount on group bookings, so call them on 04 2999977.
Ramadan kareem!

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Posted by: Chris on 10 Aug ' 11 at 12:16

Looking for an Iftar that serves past 8 or 9 pm.

Posted by: joey on 06 Aug ' 11 at 19:08

Try Biblos on Sh. Zayed Road...wow only 50 Dirhams and a feast!

Posted by: ali on 06 Aug ' 11 at 13:45

check chaska diera near rigga metro station.. its 35 for aftar...

Posted by: Nicola on 04 Aug ' 11 at 14:33

My personal favourite place is a little, friendly, homely restaurant called "Betawi" in Karama. They serve amazing traditional indonesian food with a homemade style. To top it off, this little gem won the Timeout award for "Best Budget Restaurant for 2011". It may be difficult to get a table during peak times, but when you do, it's well worth the wait.

Now they tell me they are also doing take away and delivery orders. But be mindful that they currently are limited with drivers and deliveries may take a little longer, so allow more time.

They are starting to serve from 5pm (for takeaway/delivery), 7pm for Ifta until 1am. Dishes normally range between AED 25 to AED 30

You can call - 0501480364

Posted by: Ms Asha on 15 Jul ' 11 at 10:19

I think the best Iftar deal in 2011 is at Lotus Boutique Hotel, Deira.

Daily Iftar buffet with 39 dishes at only 59 Dhs per person including Ramadan juices and beverages. Buffet menu changed everyday. Special discount for group booking.

The Iftar buffet starts at sunset and is on till 8.30 pm every day. Children below the age of 6 eat for free.

Call Mounir Ben- 0506384988 or 04 2735555

Posted by: Davis on 04 Aug ' 10 at 11:22

here is th ebest Iftar deal:
Lotus Boutique Hotel, Deira.

Daily Iftar buffet with 39 dishes at only 39 Dhs per person including Ramadan juices and beverages. Buffet menu changed everyday. Special discount for group booking.

The Iftar buffet starts at sunset and is on till 8.30 pm every day. Children below the age of 6 eat for free.

Call Anil- 0561304948 or 04 2735555

Posted by: Gilbert on 07 Sep ' 09 at 08:46

You are missing the absolute best Lebanese restaurant in all of Dubai.
No buffets. Just home cooked food brought to your table every day. Don't take my word for it. Ask anyone or visit their Twitter page to get the low-down.

Posted by: yousuf on 31 Aug ' 09 at 14:11

Gr8 work...but i'm looking for less expensive resturants(in the range of AED 35-55)..where asian and arab meals would be served as a part of iftar...

Posted by: Najdat on 26 Aug ' 09 at 08:37

That's great work & info

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