The best of 2015 iftarsAsateer, Atlantis The Palm An annual tradition at this resort on the Palm Jumeirah is the huge Ramadan tent, Asateer. Located next to the shore, the tent is so vast it even includes prayer rooms. At the buffet here, you can expect to find a selection of dishes from across the region, including a new signature of Emirati lamb thareed, a shawarma fattah station, lamb ouzi, kibbeh bil laban, fish sayadieh, chicken mousakhan and lobster tajine with couscous. Dessert stations will feature a vast variety of ice-cream flavours such as Umm Ali and saffron camel milk. Dhs195 per person. Daily sunset-8.30pm. Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 0800).
Be Super Natural Vegan! One of Dubai’s few vegan eateries, it will be serving an iftar menu of healthy food made from scratch, featuring raw, vegan, gluten-, sugar- and chemical-free ingredients, as well as locally sourced and organic produce. Dishes will include a hearty tagine with cauliflower couscous, falafel wraps with probiotic mint coconut sauce and banoffee pie and tiramisu for dessert. You can also pick up special suhoor smoothies here, which offer a slow release of energy. Dhs170 per person, Dhs30 (kids aged seven and up). Daily sunset-9.30pm. Lafayette Gourmet, Galeries Lafayette, The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai (04 339 9933, ext 2394).
Clé Dubai New! Lebanese-Australian chef Greg Malouf’s award-winning restaurant will be serving its first iftar this year. On offer will be a three-course menu, featuring dishes such as salmon and prawn tagine, ma’hanie sausage with harissa potatoes, Malouf’s signatures of summer tabbouleh salad and lamb ouzi, plus traditional desserts of baklava or kunafa. Dhs180 per person. Daily sunset-9.30pm. Al Fattan Currency House, DIFC (04 352 5150).
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New! The celebrity chef’s steakhouse will be serving an iftar of signature dishes from the menu directly to the table. Guests will get a number of starters to share, such as wagyu beef skewers, steak tartare, chicken dan dan dumplings and scallop carpaccio. Diners can then choose a main course from the menu and a dessert. Dhs190 per person. Daily sunset-9pm. The Address Downtown Dubai (04 436 8888).
Delphine New! This new LA import at the H Dubai will be serving its first iftar this year. Not satisfied with one cuisine for the month, the restaurant will be serving a selection of seven different cuisines from the region, one for each day of the week, including Emirati, Syrian and Iranian cooking. Starters will be served to the table, while main courses and desserts will be available from the buffet. This iftar also takes an arty twist, since the bar area has been converted into a gallery with the help of Cube Arts. So you can peruse a number of traditional and cultural artefacts, including a selection of books previously owned by a Saudi Princess. Dhs160 per person. Daily sunset-8.30pm. The H Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 501 8623).
The Majlis, Dubai World Trade Centre
One of Dubai’s most vast and elaborate majlis settings for Ramadan, this grand space will offer iftar and suhoor, with private majlis available, too. Dhs140 per person. Minimum spend per table applies (Dhs300 per table on weekdays, Dhs500 per table on weekends). Daily sunset-9pm. DWTC, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 308 6322).
Qbara For the Ramadan menu, Qbara adds a signature modern twist to dishes from across the Middle East. The set menu here is served at the table, and you can expect Iranian-inspired saffron, chicken and vermicelli soup, falafel salad, chargrilled chicken and leek skewers dressed with Yemeni honey and Aleppo chilli salt, crispy soft-shell crab saj and lamb shoulder, slow-cooked for 24 hours. Desserts include umm ali with rose water custard, chocolate katayef with walnuts and candied oranges, and mahalabiya brûlée made with local camel milk. Dhs245 per person, Dhs190 per person (for groups of 20 or more). Daily sunset-8.30pm. Wafi, Oud Metha (04 709 2500).
Rang Mahal by Atul Kochhar The Dubai restaurant of Michelin-starred chef Atul Kochhar will serve a high-end Indian experience for iftar. On offer will be an eleven-dish degustation menu of Kochhar’s modern Indian cooking. Dhs325 per person. Daily sunset-8pm. JW Marriott Marquis Dubai, Business Bay (04 414 0000).
Seven Sands New! Emirati iftar! This new Emirati restaurant at The Beach will host iftar this year. You’ll find a set menu selection that changes each week, featuring the restaurant’s signature dish, kibbeh al bezar, as well as Emirati salads, appetisers, soups, main courses and desserts. Dhs135 per person. Daily sunset-8.30pm. The Beach, JBR (04 551 6652).
Ramadan Majlis, The Ritz-Carlton, DIFC Each year, this iftar prides itself on offering some rather wacky Arabic fusion recipes (including Arabic sushi in previous years). This year, it’ll be serving savoury ice-cream (aka ‘booza’), available in tahini, beetroot, sweet potato and hummus flavours, and served as an accompaniment for falafel waffles. And for lamb shawarma maki fans, the Arabic sushi station will put in an appearance again. Dhs215 per person, Dhs110 (kids aged six to 12). Daily sunset-9pm. The Ritz-Carlton, DIFC (04 372 2222). 2009 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 the best 2015 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)
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) UPDATE: this is an article from 2009. View the best 2015 iftars and suhoors here.
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)
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)
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 the best 2015 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 the best 2015 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 the best 2015 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)
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)
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Aamir Rana Jul 13, 2012 02:18 pm
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Kumar Jul 12, 2012 01:09 pm
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.
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