Four Points by Sheraton
Enjoy the celebratory ambiance with family and friends at this child-friendly iftar. The menu promises a classic mix of traditional dishes, but there will also be old favourites to hand, in the form of as much hot and cold mezze as you can eat, live cooking stations and shawarmas. Yum!
Dhs110 (adults); Dhs55 (children aged six to 12); under fives go free. From sunset until late. Sheikh Zayed Road, email@example.com (04 316 9726).
If you’ve never experienced the ambiance and cuisine of the family-friendly Ewaan at The Palace, Old Town, there’s no better time to start than now, as this traditionally-styled Arabian restaurant (which also serves international fare) promises to be full of atmosphere at iftar. Expect live cooking stations, lots of traditional dishes and some great hospitality.
Dhs195 (adults); Dhs92 (children aged seven to 12); under sevens eat for free. From sunset to 9pm. The Palace, Old Town, Downtown Burj Khalifa, firstname.lastname@example.org (04 428 7806).
Radisson Royal Hotel
Serving up a sumptuous feast at Celsius restaurant, this is definitely a place to take family who might be visiting. The Dubai World Trade Centre venue will be serving traditional Emirati dishes and will have a large number of live cooking stations as well as light snacks to help you ease out of fast-mode, and into the evening’s fun.
Dhs130 (adults); Dhs65 (children aged seven to 12); under sevens eat for free. From sunset until late. Sheikh Zayed Road, Trade Centre District, Royaldubai@RadissonBlu.com (04 308 0550).
Mango Tree Bistro
If spicy food isn’t your cup of tea (or the kids’), how about indulging in some delicacies from The Mango Tree Bistro at Mirdif City Centre? We’re big fans of this Thai eatery anyway, which is very family-friendly. The special iftar menu includes a range of seafood and meat platters for families to share.
Prices start at Dhs45. From sunset until midnight. Mirdif City Centre (04 284 3635).
For a slightly more posh affair, why not visit The Pullman at Mall of the Emirates for the iftar called Ramadan at Sanabel? Enjoy the interactive buffet with live cooking stations featuring mixed grills, tandoor, hot mezze, Arabic desserts and much more. Not only that, if you book for more than ten people, you get further discounts off your bill – so aim to go with two or more families.
Dhs120 (adults); Dhs60 (children aged six to 12), under fives eat for free. From sunset until midnight. Mall of the Emirates (04 377 2353).
Check out the family buffet at The ONE Deli on Jumeirah Beach Road, which this year is serving traditional Arabic and international dishes. It promises to be a relaxed affair, with lots of healthy options, which follow the philosophy of this in-store eatery. The spread also changes daily, so if you fancy going back for more, you won’t get bored either.
Dhs108 (adults); Dhs54 (children under 12). From sunset to 8.30pm. Jumeirah Beach Road, www.theone.com (04 395 5889).
Mövenpick Jumeirah Beach
Check out the Arabesque ambiance at Talk Restaurant & Lounge Ramadan Tent. Live cooking stations, Arabic music, beach views and poolside seating give a very local flavour to the whole affair. Plus, it’s brilliant value for families because sprogs under 12 eat for free.
Dhs129 (for adults); Dhs110 (per person for groups of ten or more). From sunset to midnight. Jumeirah Beach Residence, Dubai Marina, www.moevenpick-hotels.com (04 449 8888).
Best for Culture
Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding
For a traditional Emirati iftar, you can’t beat this cultural experience based in Bur Dubai’s old-fashioned Bastakiya. The iftar actually begins 15 minutes before sunset with a breaking fast prayer followed by Arabic tea, coffee and dates. All the dishes served will be Emirati rather than Arabic – so there’ll be some new flavours to look forward to as well. The evening’s line-up includes discussions about what Ramadan means, plus there’s a mosque tour after the main course and before dessert.
Dhs135 (adults); children under 12 eat for free. From 15 minutes before sunset (6.30pm-6.45pm) until 10pm. Bastakiya, Bur Dubai, www.cultures.ae (04 353 6666).
Sheraton Jumeirah Beach Resort
This activity-packed iftar is perfect for parents with children who need serious supervision after sunset. While adults can kick back and enjoy the buffet stacked with Indian, Arabic and international dishes, as well as live cooking stations, the nippers have their own entertainment in the form of a five-star kids’ tent. Organised games, storytelling, badminton, arts and crafts, and movies are just a few of the fun and games on offer. There will also be complimentary camel rides for guests available by the beach.
Dhs185 (adults); Dhs92 (kids aged six to 12); tots aged up to five get in free. From sunset until 3am. Jumeirah Beach Residence, Dubai Marina, www.sheratonjumierahbeach.com (04 399 5533).
Best for hungry shoppers
If you’ve had a hectic day’s shopping at one of our very favourite malls, Mirdif City Centre, why not head to Zafran once iftar is called? For a bargain price, you can indulge in the contemporary Indian buffet and eat as much as you like!
Dhs99 (adults); Dhs45 (children). From sunset until 8pm. Mirdif City Centre (04 284 0987).