Feast your eyes on the views over Dubai Marina from your table indoors, while you tuck into traditional Arabian dishes, such as classic mezzes, soups and grilled meats, as well as other international favourites from the carvery or dessert station.
Dhs165 (adults), Dhs82.5 (children under 12). Sunset-9.30pm. InterContinental, Dubai Marina (04 446 6669).
Ajwan at Jumeirah Emirates Towers
An extra-special tent has been pitched for Ramadan. Just after sunset, a buffet spread of fresh dates and nuts, mezzes and soups, salads and plenty of hot main courses (including the traditional lamb ouzi), are served, as well as plenty of desserts.
Dhs195 (adults), Dhs99 (children under 12). Daily, sunset-8pm. Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 432 3232).
Al Fanous Lounge
This is the name given to a re-interpreted Dubai Ballroom at JW Marriott Marquis, which has been transformed into an opulent lounge. The iftar buffet spread reflects the traditional surrounds and you’ll find classic Arabian cuisine a-plenty. Enjoy the feast, while a melodic oud player entertains.
Dhs195 (adults), Dhs97.5 (children seven to 12), free (children under seven). Daily, sunset-8.30pm. JW Marriott Marquis, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 414 0000).
Now this is quite a setting to behold. You’ll find Al Majlis in the Madinat Arena, which has enough space to welcome up to 1,000 guests. It includes a main dining area, four private VIP majlis (you can get 30 guests in each of these alone), as well as 16 more private areas for up to 18 diners each. During iftar, traditional specialties are under the spotlight, such as hot and cold mezzes, lentil soup, whole lamb ouzi, veal harees and mixed grills. Make sure you try the umm ali.
Dhs210 (adults), Dhs105 (children four to 12), free (children under four). Daily, sunset-8.30pm. Madinat Arena, Madinat Jumeirah (04 366 6384).
Almaz by Momo
Try something different and introduce your brood to North African cuisine. This stylish restaurant is set over two floors, with a terrace overlooking the beach, and here you’ll find a buffet of North African and Levantine delicacies, traditional juices and fun board games to play together.
Dhs175 (adults), Dhs85 (children five and above), free (children under five). Daily, sunset-9pm. The Beach, JBR (04 557 6247).
There is a dedicated play area for kids at this Ramadan lounge, as well as a VIP Lounge and a fun night bazaar. The traditional iftar buffet boasts hot and cold mezzes, rustic soups and Middle Eastern main courses, alongside a crowd-pleasing international selection. If you’re in a group, make sure you book.
Dhs165. Daily, sunset-8pm. Emirates Golf Club, Emirates Hills (04 380 1234).
The Venetian-style restaurant, with its high ceilings and Italian-inspired architecture, makes for a family friendly atmosphere. An authentic Arabian iftar awaits, alongside a variety of Mediterranean and international dishes, as well as live cooking stations, all accompanied by live entertainment.
Dhs129 (adults), Dhs64.5 (children six to 12), free (children under six). Daily, from sunset. Grand Millennium, Tecom (04 429 9999).
Sit inside or out at this restaurant, as the outdoor seating area is cooled. A mix of Lebanese and Arabian cuisine is being served – the cold mezzes come to your table, then the main courses and desserts are presented buffet-style. While you eat, get the family involved in games such as tawla, while musicians entertain.
Dhs130 (adults), Dhs70 (children under ten). Daily 7pm-10pm. Jumeirah Road, Umm Suqeim (04 388 0380).
Time Out Dubai’s Best European restaurant of 2016 offers up a casual, family friendly experience in the air-conditioned outdoor area. Pick soups, mezzes, salads, grilled meats, fish and poultry from the menu.
Dhs150 (adults), free (children under 12). Daily, sunset-9pm. Gate Village 6, DIFC (04 323 1833).
The family friendly café-cum-bookstore has a part-buffet, part-à la carte offering this Ramadan, including a variety of creative Middle Eastern-inspired dishes, such as grilled halloumi skewers, lamb kofta tacos with pomegranate and labneh, and date caramel cake with sea salt. If that’s not enough, they also have a kunafa croissant and ice cream station. Can’t keep the sprogs still? Take five appetisers, a soup, a main and croissant home for just Dhs120.
Dhs129 per person. Daily, sunset-10pm. Bay Square, Business Bay, open for delivery (04 514 9459).
What kid doesn’t like ordering their very own shake from a dedicated bar? At Brasserie 2.0, alongside the juice and shake bar, the open-plan kitchen is churning out a buffet, offering Arabian mezze, fresh salads, sushi and sashimi, while there are also live cooking islands. An oud and tabhla player are also there to entertain.
Dhs260 (adults), Dhs130 (children six-12). Daily, sunset-8.30pm. Le Royal Méridien Beach Resort & spa, Al Sufouh (04 316 5550).
Cabana Ramadan tent
Take the little ones to see Dubai’s most famous landmark – the Burj Khalifa. This special Ramadan tent has an al fresco lounge, offering expansive views of the tallest tower in the world. As for the food, there’s a selection of grilled skewers and numerous live food stations cooking up a medley of cuisine.
Dhs220 (adults), Dhs110 (children six to 11). Daily, sunset-8.45pm. The Address Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai (04 888 3444).
This elegant ballroom can seat up to 400 guests, so expect a lot of families in your midst. A grand buffet features Arabian favourites and authentic sweets, while a traditional oud player sets the mood.
Dhs210 (adults), Dhs105 (children six to 11), free (children under five). Daily, sunset-9pm. The Address Dubai Marina (04 436 7777).
Counter Culture Café
While we’re sure the extensive iftar buffet, where treats from both the Middle East and India are displayed, is a major draw, what we love about this offering is that the team is also showing educational videos about the significance of Ramadan. Take your kids along to soak in the traditional atmosphere and absorb a few facts.
Dhs99 (adults), free (children under six). Daily, sunset-8.30pm. Dubai Marriott Harbour Hotel & Suites, Dubai Marina (04 319 4000).
An informal iftar is served in the Diwan style lounges, with more formal seating in the main dining area. You get a great view of the Dubai fountains and signature dishes, available a la carte, include lentil soup, fattoush salad and a daily-changing main course.
Dhs335 (adults), Dhs175 (children three to ten), free (children under three). Daily, sunset-9.30pm. The Address Downtown, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard, Downtown Dubai (04 424 3000).
A beautifully adorned Ramadan tent has been set up in The Palace Gardens, along with an Arabian-style buffet, with Ramadan juices. You can also book your own private majlis if there’s eight of you. Enjoy the evening to the sounds of live oud music.
Dhs240 (adults), Dhs120 (children six to 11), free (children under six). Daily, from sunset. Booking is essential. The Palace Downtown Dubai (04 428 7951).
Flavours on Two
No matter how fussy your little eaters are, they’re sure to find something on the buffet at this casual dining spot. Dive into the spread, which includes a selection of Arabian, Indian, Pakistani, Asian and classic international dishes, as well as starters, salads, soups, desserts and plenty of traditional juices.
Dhs149 (adults), Dhs74.5 (children six to 12), free (children under six). Daily, sunset-8.30pm. Towers Rotana Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 312 220).
Located right on The Beach, Joe’s Café offers up a wide selection of tasty Mediterranean delights and during Ramadan there’s a special set menu on offer. Enjoy the selection, while the kids enjoy having a play about.
Dhs125 (adults), Dhs62.5 (children six to 12), free (children under six). Daily, sunset-8.30pm. The Beach, JBR (04 430 7086).
If you’re up near Wafi Mall (perhaps having a go at the glow-in-the-dark golf?), then check out this ornate Arabian restaurant, where a buffet of salads, mezzes, traditional mains and Arabian sweets is being served.
Dhs148 (adults). Dhs95 (children six to 12). Daily, from sunset. Wafi Mall, Oud Metha (04 327 9795).
You can’t go wrong at Kitchen6, with its six live cooking stations that dish up Asian woks, Middle Eastern grills, European roasts, authentic Indian cuisine, a organic bites and, last but not least, lots of desserts. If nothing else, it provides a great opportunity to introduce your kids to worldly cuisines (if you can drag them away from the desserts).
Dhs195 (adults), Dhs97.5 (children six to 12), free (children under six). Daily, sunset-8.30pm. JW Marriott Marquis, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 414 0000).
Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club
You’ve got two options at this family friendly location if you’re looking for an upmarket spot by the creek. In steakhouse Legends, iftar offers hot and cold mezze, rustic soups, main courses and desserts, all served straight to your table. Meanwhile, in the dedicated Ramadan tent QD’s, a buffet with all the traditional and international classics you could hope for are on offer.
Legends: Dhs175 (adults), Dhs80 (children six to 12). Daily, sunset-8.30pm. QD’s: Dhs160 (adults), Dhs65 (children six to 12). Daily, sunset-9pm. Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, Dubai Creek (04 295 6000).
One of Dubai’s top fine-dining Indian spots is based over in Garhoud, so if you’re in that area at sunset we suggest checking out this contemporary venue. It’s divided into three sections – a main dining area, lounge and outdoor terrace – and the iftar buffet has dried fruits, soups, kebabs, a selection of mains and desserts.
Dhs139 (adults), Dhs75 (children five to 11), free (children four and under). Sun-Thu 6.30pm-9pm; Fri-Sat 6.30pm-9.30pm. Le Méridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre, Garhoud (04 702 2615).
In this warm and relaxed setting in JLT, discover a large buffet with live cooking stations, whipping up favourites like ouzi, seafood grills, shawarmas and saj. The best bit? All diners get the chance to win two round-trip tickets to Jordan with three nights’ accommodation and breakfast at the Mövenpick Resort & Spa Dead Sea (an excuse to get away from the kids, perhaps?).
Dhs130 (adults), Dhs65 (children six to 12), free (children under six). Daily, sunset-10.30pm. Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Lakes Towers, Cluster A (04 438 0000).
Park Hyatt Dubai
This iconic hotel near the Dubai Creek has pitched up a tent in its Palm Garden, with its own private entrance (with valet). Inside, there’s a buffet of Arabian classics, as well as cards and traditional games for family fun.
Dhs180 (adults), Dhs90 (children six to 12), free (children under six). Daily, sunset-9pm. Park Hyatt, Dubai, Deira (04 602 1814).
Cuts of beef, seafood, salads and desserts await, alongside stunning panoramas across the polo field. If you’re living in Arabian Ranches, then this should be your go-to spot for an evening treat this Ramadan.
Dhs190 (adults), Dhs80 (children six to 12). Daily, sunset-11pm. Dubai Polo Club, Arabian Ranches (04 361 8111).
If you’re around the Green Community then we suggest a pit-stop at this international restaurant. The iftar deal includes salads, soups and traditional ouzi, all served inside or poolside, while an oud player entertains.
Dhs150 (adults), Dhs75 (children six to 12), Dhs35 (children three to five), free (children under three). Daily, sunset-8.30pm. Courtyard by Marriott Green Community (04 885 2222).
Sababa Tent by Mezzah House
Relax in the colourful, cosy setting and explore live cooking stations and the vast, traditional buffet spread. While an authentic Arabic band plays, Tanoura dancers are spinning, a saj baker is baking, and, there is also a fortune teller and henna artist. There is definitely enough to keep the whole family entertained.
Dhs160 (adults, with shisha), Dhs100 (without shisha), Dhs50 (children under nine). Daily, 6pm-9pm. Fairmont The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 457 3457).
While you’re experiencing Ramadan in the Emirates, why not try some Emirati cuisine at Seven Sands. A full iftar buffet has been set up with Khaleeji favourites, including fresh fish, ouzi and traditional sweets.
Dhs145 (adults), Dhs72.5 (children six to 12), free (children under six). Daily, sunset-9pm. The Beach, JBR (04 551 6652).
For beautiful views and endless food, this iftar buffet offers plenty of value for money. You’ll find two levels and a dedicated tent, as well as a lavish iftar buffet. Enjoy views over the racecourse, while sipping on traditional juices.
Dhs170 (adults), Dhs85 (children five to 12), free (children under five). Daily, sunset-9pm. The Meydan Hotel, Meydan Racecourse, Nad Al Sheba (04 381 3333).
Sofitel Dubai Jumeirah Beach
A special canopied Ramadan area has been set up on the outdoor terrace, which overlooks the Arabian Gulf (don’t worry, it has cooling). Traditional foods, such as harira soup, mezze, ouzi and umm ali are all available. The best bit? There are deals for the older kids, too.
Dhs140 (adults), Dhs70 (children 13 to 17), free (children 12 and under). Daily sunset-11.30pm. Sofitel Dubai Jumeirah Beach, The Walk, JBR (04 448 4733).
The Address Montgomerie Dubai
Right in the heart of Emirates Hills, overlooking the championship golf course, a special glass iftar tent has been set up. There, you’ll find a traditional buffet spread, with all your Middle Eastern favourites.
Dhs170 (adults), Dhs90 (children four to 11), free (children under three). Daily, sunset onwards. The Address Montgomerie Dubai, Emirates Hills (04 436 7777).
A small tent has been set up in the lobby of Four Points by Sheraton for some family friendly dining. Arabic delicacies, such as ouzi and shawarma are available, alongside juices, tea and coffee. It might not sound like much, but the food is good and the deal is better.
Dhs105 (adults), free (children under 12). Daily, sunset-10pm. Four Points by Sheraton, Downtown Dubai (056 162 6811).
The Market Place and Town Square
This market-style restaurant is a top spot in Deira for a post-sunset meal. The iftar buffet is generous, and served under the dome at the Town Square in the hotel. Discover Arabian delicacies, Indian favourites, Middle Eastern grills and even an Italian selection.
Dhs185 (adults), Dhs90 (children six to 12). Daily, sunset-8.30pm. JW Marriott Hotel, Deira (04 607 7977).
The Ritz-Carlton, DIFC
The expansive Samaya ballroom has been transformed into an opulent Ramadan majlis, featuring a vast iftar buffet, six private areas and soothing music. Truly get into the spirit here, with Arabian hospitality and traditional dishes, as well as live cooking stations.
Dhs195 (adults), Dhs110 (children six to 12), Dhs10,000 (private tent for up to 20 people). Daily, sunset-9pm. The Ritz-Carlton, DIFC, Gate Village, DIFC (04 372 2323).
Vida Downtown Dubai
It’s peaceful and chic at the three-in-one restaurant, where you can perch yourselves inside or outdoors on the poolside terrace. Find fresh salads, appetisers and dried fruit, as well as plenty of desserts to keep the sweet tooth in the family happy.
Dhs160 (adults), Dhs80 (children six to 12), free (children under six). Daily, sunset onwards. Vida Downtown Dubai (04 888 3444).
Wafi Gourmet Dubai Mall
This family-friendly outlet, which is known for its gourmet deli, boasts indoor and outdoor seating, and a fresh selection of salads, mezze, mains and Arabic sweets. Grab a bite with the kids, then head off for a shop.
Dhs145 (adults), Dhs95 (children six to 12). Daily, 6.50pm onwards. Wafi Gourmet Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai (04 299 9323).