Tents and majlis’
Al Fanous Lounge
This elegant majlis at the world’s tallest hotel hosts an à la carte suhoor every day from 9pm until 3am. There are plenty of larger tables to celebrate with groups, plus traditional décor and glamorous furnishing for an extra-special experience.
Prices vary. Daily 9pm-3am. JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai, Business Bay (04 414 3000).
Al Majlis at Madinat Jumeirah
If you’re heading towards Madinat Jumeirah and fancy something a bit more traditional, Al Majlis could be a solid option. There are plenty of mezze dishes, grills and traditional Middle Eastern mains available on this à la carte menu, which diners can tuck into until the small hours.
Dhs100 (minimum spend). Daily 9pm-3am. Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim (04 432 3232).
Amiri Ramadan Tent
This specially constructed Ramadan tent is an ideal location if you’re after a peaceful suhoor, thanks to its tranquil setting overlooking the golf course. There’s lots of green space to calm and relax you ahead of the day, and it’s also very family-friendly, with good deals for the kids, too.
Dhs170 per person, half-price (kids aged six to 11), free (kids under six). Daily 9.30pm-1.30am. Address Montgomerie, Emirates Hills (04 390 5600).
Ladies, if you’re looking for somewhere to have suhoor with your female friends then Andiamo! at the Grand Hyatt Hotel is the perfect choice. The hotel has a dedicated ladies’ suhoor tent with a special à la carte menu of international dishes, including saj, mezze and Arabian desserts. There’s also live entertainment, an open kitchen, card games and areas for larger groups. The suhoor can host up to 250 women, aged 18 and above, and all waitresses, chefs, hostesses and musicians are female, too.
Prices vary. Daily 9.30pm-3am. Grand Hyatt Hotel, Oud Metha (04 317 2221).
Atlantis The Palm’s iftar tent Asateer is one of the most famous in Dubai and is undeniably one of the most glamorous (you’ll want to dress up). Although better known for its iftar, it would be remiss not to include this in our pick of suhoors. It’s an à la carte offer, with plenty of traditional options and shisha at an extra charge. Suhoor is only available for over 21s.
Dhs160 (minimum spend). Daily 9pm-2.45am. Over 21s only. Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 0800).
There are two choices at Palace Downtown’s Buhayra Lounge – an à la carte or set menu. Both star traditional mezze and both are top-notch. The décor is – as the hotel’s name suggests – palatial, with Arabian tent-style cabanas and beautiful views across the swimming pool. It’s by no means the least expensive option, but for an authentic and relaxing experience, it’s worth dusting the wallet off for.
From Dhs250 per person. Daily 8pm-2am. Palace Downtown, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, Downtown Dubai (04 428 7951).
Creekside Fanous Tent
If you’re in the mood for a traditional suhoor packed full of Middle Eastern flavours, Creekside Fanous Tent at Jumeirah Creekside Hotel should be on your list. The Day and Night Ballroom has been transformed into a magnificent tent and offers authentic Arabian dishes from an à la carte menu.
Dhs120 (minimum spend). Daily from 9pm. Jumeirah Creekside Hotel, Garhoud (04 230 8459).
Mamemo Majlis at The Ritz-Carlton Dubai
The hotel has a dedicated ballroom especially for both iftar and suhoor. With wandering musicians and comfy cushions to recline on, this is a great place to relax. It also offers tremendous choice, with dishes from Morocco, Egypt, Iran, Tunisia, Syria and the GCC countries via an extensive buffet (don’t miss the mezze, which stars on this week’s cover).
Dhs150 per person. Sun-Wed 10pm-2am; Thu-Sat 10pm-3am. The Ritz-Carlton Dubai, JBR (04 399 4000).
QD’s Ramadan Tent
Another of the city’s famous and long-standing Ramadan tents, QD’s is always popular. Suhoor here overlooks the waters of Dubai Creek and the city’s skyline, making for a scenic meal. Shisha is also included. This is an excellent choice for Italian food fans, because as well as an extensive mezze menu, there’s a long list of wood-fired pizzas, too, with choices including Greek chicken and Mediterranean vegetables.
Prices vary. Daily from 9pm-1am. Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, Deira (04 295 6000).
The Meydan Ramadan Tent
This venue is located next to the hotel’s main restaurant, Farriers and is fully air-conditioned. Large enough to cater for big groups this is an ideal one for families and friends. There’s also a range of shisha and Ramadan drinks as well as an à la carte menu of Arabian dishes and mezze.
Dhs100 (minimum spend). Sun-Thu 9pm-2am; Fri-Sat 9pm-3am. The Meydan Hotel, Nad Al Sheba (04 381 3111).
A La Turca Restaurant
Head to this Turkish restaurant on the Palm Jumeirah for a buffet of traditional Anatolian dishes, mezze, grills, sweets and Ramadan juices, plus Turkish tea and coffee.
Dhs149 per person. Daily 11.30pm-3am. Rixos The Palm Dubai, Palm Jumeirah (04 457 5555).
If you don’t fancy the à la carte option at the Palace Downtown that we highlighted earlier, the buffet at Ewaan is the other one to visit. It has all the usual options for suhoor, from lamb ouzi to Umm Ali, and all are super-tasty, fresh and served up in the authentic, prettily decorated Ramadan Tent.
Dhs170 per person, half-price (kids aged six to 11), free (kids under six). Sun-Thu 10pm-1am; Fri-Sat 10pm-2am. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, Downtown Dubai (04 428 7951).
This family-friendly suhoor has good kids’ prices, plus starts at an earlier time of 8.30pm, so is a good option for young families. A buffet of international and Arabian specialities will be offered to satisfy all diners.
Dhs195 per person, Dhs99 (kids aged six to 11), free (kids under six). Daily 8.30pm-11pm. Address Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai (04 438 8888).
Suhoor at Olea is a large buffet of Levantine classics. There’s a massive range of choice here, with several live cooking stations, a sprawling buffet and a shisha marquee set up out on the terrace.
Dhs90 per person. Daily 10pm-3am. Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates, Al Barsha (04 341 0000).
In the City Walk area? Head to this classic Lebanese restaurant for a traditional suhoor meal. You can choose from either a set menu or pick from the regular à la carte offerings. There will be a range of authentic Lebanese dishes including mixed grills and mezze, plus live dessert stations.
From Dhs100 per person. Daily 9pm-3am. City Walk, Al Safa Street (04 343 2707).
This one is slightly out of town, but worth the journey if you fancy a classy set menu with picturesque views of the polo fields. Suhoor here includes a selection of hot and cold mezze then a choice of main courses. It’s also an especially early morning one, starting at 3am each today, so ideal for the pre-dawn meal.
Dhs150 per person. Daily 3am-sunrise. Desert Palm Per Aquum, Al Awir Road (04 323 8888).
This eatery offers stunning views of The Dubai Fountain. It also offers an excellent set menu suhoor. There’s a choice of authentic Turkish dishes such as findik lahmacun (Turkish flatbread-style pizza) and mezze. Plus, as this is a top spot for carnivores, expect plenty of meat, including beğendili kebap (lamb cubes on a bed of aubergine purée). Finish it all off with the baked pudding firin sütlaç.
Dhs260 per person, free (kids under six). Daily 10pm-3am. Souk Al Bahar, Downtown Dubai (04 554 0700).
Enter the impressive Burj Al Arab and be wowed by the amazing architecture. Then enjoy a set menu of suhoor delicacies and a selection of Arabian coffees and Moroccan teas, while listening to a traditional band playing live. The Burj Al Arab’s pastry chefs will also provide a wide selection of Emirati-inspired desserts with a contemporary twist.
Dhs150 (minimum spend). Daily 8pm-10.45pm. Burj Al Arab, Umm Suqeim (04 301 7600).
It’s all about Uzbeki and Middle Eastern fusion food at Eshak, so you’ll find influences from across the region and Eastern Europe. With rustic décor and modern art, there’s a fusion feel to the vibe too. Food-wise, there’s a set menu with plenty of variety including foul medames, cheese omelette, vegetable omelette, hummus with meat, labneh, fatet hummus bil laban, grilled halloumi, falafel, vegtable platter, fruit platters and more. Plus, it’s a bargain at just Dhs70.
Dhs70. Daily 11pm-sunrise. City Walk, Al Safa (04 385 5435).
The wallet-friendly option at this eatery starts at just Dhs50 per person. There will be a daily buffet on rotation featuring classic Arabian dishes accompanied by Ramadan juices, too, so there’s plenty of variety if you choose to head here more than once.
From Dhs50 per person. Daily 11pm-2am. Hyatt Place Dubai, Al Rigga Street, Deira (056 991 8924).
TT Custom BBQ
This biker-themed restaurant is hosting a breakfast-style suhoor that comes in at under Dhs100. The eatery, which is inspired by TT Custom Choppers, is a Turkish brand that has garage-themed décor. The set menu includes fresh pastries, cold cuts, cheeses, olives and vegetables.
Dhs99. Daily 11pm-2am. BoxPark, Al Wasl Road (054 444 3300).
Alternatives and snacks
Al Mandhar Lounge
If you’re after a light pre-dawn meal, this Moroccan-Parisian café is perfect. Options come from an à la carte menu and feature mainly teas, coffees, cakes and pastries.
Prices vary. Daily 9pm-3am. Jumeirah Al Naseem, Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim (04 432 3232).
This trendy Mediterranean restaurant in DIFC is laying on dishes including breads, olives, dates, soup, grilled prawns, caprese salad, gnocchi with braised beef short rib, BOCA potato chips, sautéed spinach, grilled vegetables and more for an alternative take on suhoor.
Dhs175 per person. Daily 9pm-sunset. Gate Village 6, DIFC (04 323 1833).
Burj Al Arab Terrace
The “Starlight Suhoor” at the Burj Al Arab Terrace is the ultimate experience, where you get to recline in an air-conditioned luxury cabana. The Royal Cabanas cater for six people and the Deluxe Cabana hosts four. The meal includes sharing platters, Ramadan juices, dates, laban and more, all to stunning views of the Burj Al Arab and out to sea.
From Dhs1,200 (Deluxe Cabana), Dhs2,400 (Royal Cabana). Daily 8pm-1am. Burj Al Arab, Umm Suqeim (04 301 7600).
Cavalli Restaurant & Lounge
Cavalli Club at Fairmont Dubai is providing its own, alternative, take on suhoor, with an à la carte menu of its favourite dishes.
Prices vary. Daily 10pm-3am. Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 332 9260).
CHI-KA Open Tent
This tent in the arty area of Alserkal Avenue blends Japanese and Middle Eastern cuisine and contemporary design. This month-long, carefully crafted culinary project is organised by CHI-KA, an Alserkal Avenue-based kimono shop and art space. For suhoor, traditional Arabian dishes will be served up alongside an assortment of classic Japanese fare, all cooked by the chefs at Radisson Blu Hotel Dubai, led by chef Uwe Micheel.
Dhs110 per person, Dhs65 (kids aged five to ten), free (kids aged four and under). Wed-Sat 10.30pm-2am. Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, www.alserkalavenue.ae.
Jolie Floral Boutique Café
Jolie has alternative slant on suhoor. The café, which is strong on the floral theme (think silk roses on the ceilings, a flower with your coffee and edible petals adorning your dishes) has a cute/kitsch feel. The comfy, white-washed furniture is an ideal place to enjoy a tea, coffee and a range of pastries and desserts (we recommend the macaron).
Prices vary. Daily from 7pm-2am. City Walk (054 345 6922).
This lobby lounge at the Address Dubai Mall hosts a an à la carte suhoor, featuring a selection of gourmet sandwiches, savoury treats, salads and teas and coffees, for a relaxed and informal meal.
Prices vary. Daily 10.30pm-2am. Address Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai (04 438 8888).
The Restaurant at Address
This quirky new venue in Downtown Dubai is laid out like someone’s home, with a range of different rooms to dine in. There’s a good selection of options for suhoor, whether you want the living room-style setting indoors or an al fresco experience. The menu is à la carte for a more tailored experience.
Prices vary. Daily 9am-midnight. Address Boulevard, Downtown Dubai (04 561 8213).
This venue offers suhoor with a twist. It’s poolside and there are three different set menus available at the pool deck. Expect a variety of sharing platters including mezze and snacks. Plus, there are great views over the Dubai Water Canal.
From Dhs125 per person. Daily 8.30pm-2am. W Dubai Al Habtoor City (04 435 5577).