During Ramadan, Suhoor is a meal taken just before sunrise, before the day of fasting starts. Many hotels host smaller buffets, traditional activities and more to celebrate until the small hours of the morning.
Suhoor comes after iftar – the meal with which Muslims break their daily fast. In the UAE there are plenty of options for both.
Here are places to try in Dubai for both suhoor and iftar during Ramadan 2018.
There are hundreds to choose from, some offering Middle Eastern cuisines and buffets, others offering contemporary and fusion twists.
Here is our full directory of suhoors available in the city this year.
Enjoy a set menu including international dishes.
Dhs85. Daily, 11pm-sunrise. Novotel Dubai Al Barsha, Al Barsha (04 304 9000).
Enjoy suhoor on the terrace at this Downtown hotel.
Prices à la carte. Daily, 10pm-2am. Vida Downtown, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, Downtown Dubai (04 428 6888).
Address Dubai Marina Ramadan Tent
There’s a selection of à la carte dishes on the menu at this Ramadan tent.
Prices à la carte. Daily from 9.30pm-2am. Address Dubai Marina (04 888 3444).
A La Turca Restaurant
There will be a suhoor buffet for a minimum of 50 guests at this Turkish restaurant at the Palm.
Prices dependent on group size. Daily, 11pm-2am. Rixos The Palm Dubai, Palm Jumeirah (04 457 5454).
Al Fayruz Ramadan Tent
Listen to music from live oud players at this special suhoor event, further afield in Ajman.
Prices à la carte. Daily, 9pm-2am. Fairmont Ajman (06 701 5757).
Try a buffet featuring traditional mezze and grills, shish taouk, Ramadan juices, Arabic coffee with dates and live oud music.
Dhs89 per person. Daily, 9pm-1.30am. DoubleTree by Hilton Dubai - Jumeirah Beach, The Walk, JBR (055 166 8092).
Al Massa Ballroom
Experience your private Iftar or Suhoor with a special setting and traditional Ramadan.
Starting from Dhs.130 per person. Sofitel Dubai Downtown, Downtown Dubai (04 503 6320).
Enjoy an à la carte menu. Shisha is also available.
Prices à la carte. Daily, 9pm-1am. Sofitel Hotel, Downtown Dubai (04 338 7772).
Al Sarab Rooftop Lounge
The lounge offers up a range of mezze and a variety of traditional dishes.
Prices à la carte. Daily, 8pm-1am. Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa, Al Qudra Road (04 809 6194).
Amaseena Majlis - Lou’ Lou’A Ballroom
Enjoy a buffet with nine cooking stations, as well as a live violinist.
Dhs160 per person, half price (kids aged six-12), free (kids under six). Daily, 10pm-2am. The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai, The Walk, JBR (04 318 6150).
Enjoy dishes from an à la carte menu.
Prices à la carte. Daily from 9pm-2am. Al Manara, Opposite Times Square Sheikh Zayed Road (056 509 0189).
This grand buffet, held in the traditional and famous Asateer tent at Atlantis The Palm offers up a wide range of dishes – including those from Bread Street Kitchen and Ronda Locatelli.
Dhs160 per person. Daily from 9.30pm-3am. Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 0376).
Enjoy an à la carte menu at this longstanding Dubai hotel, Raffles.
Prices à la carte. Daily, 9pm-2am. Raffles Dubai, Oud Metha (04 324 8888).
There’s a continental set menu available at Baharat.
Dhs60 per person. Daily from 1am. Hotel Ibis Dubai Al Barsha, Al Barsha (04 399 6699).
Small bites and shisha are available in the outdoor tent at Bay Club.
Prices à la carte. Daily, 8pm-1am. DoubleTree by Hilton Dubai - Business Bay, Business Bay (04 551 1544).
Bayside Restaurant & Terrace
There’s an à la carte menu available at Bayside Restaurant & Terrace.
Prices à la carte. Daily from midnight-4am. Steigenberger Hotel Business Bay, Business Bay (04 369 0000).
Besh Turkish Kitchen
Enjoy an à la carte with a selection of hot and cold mezze, pide, mixed grill platters and Turkish desserts.
Prices à la carte. Daily, 9pm-2.30am. Sheraton Mall of the Emirates Hotel, Al Barsha (04 377 2353).
Big Smoke Burger
Enjoy three mini burgers of your choice, plus fries, for a relaxed suhoor.
Dhs40 per person. Daily from 9pm. Various locations including La Mer, Jumeirah (04 343 6533).
There’s a full à la carte menu, including, of course, biryanis, at this popular Indian restaurant.
Prices à la carte Daily, 9pm-2am. Jumeirah Beach Road, Umm Suqeim (04 338 277).
This trendy Indian restaurant at The Beach has a special menu including Nutella samosa served with ice cream and caramel drizzle.
Prices à la carte Daily, 9pm-2am. The Beach, opposite JBR (800 692 8779).
Middle Eastern menu complete with oriental-inspired background music and shisha.
A la carte. Daily, 8pm-4am. Address Boulevard, Downtown Dubai (04 561 8888).
Take suhoor in one of the special tents looking out towards the Burj Lake.
Dhs250 (adults), half price (kids aged 6-11), free (kids under six). Daily from sunset-1am. Palace Downtown, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, Downtown Dubai (04 888 3444).
Butcha Steakhouse & Grill
If you’re after a tender cut of meat for suhoor, head here.
Prices à la carte. Daily, 9pm-2am. The Beach, opposite JBR (04 553 0684).
There’s an à la carte menu with live entertainment.
Prices à la carte. Daily, 9pm-3am. TAMANI Marina Hotel and Hotel Apartment, Dubai Marina (04 318 3755).
Suhoor is served à la carte in the restaurant and courtyard.
Prices à la carte. Daily, 9pm-2.30am. La Ville Hotel & Suites City Walk, Al Safa Street (054 309 5948).
Cinnamon All Day Dining Restaurant
There’s a special suhoor menu if you’ve taken a trip to The Cove Rotana.
Dhs99 per person, half price (kids aged six-12), free (kids under six). Daily from sunset-11pm. The Cove Rotana Resort, Ras Al Khaimah (07 206 6292).
Clinton St. Baking Company
As well as the special iftar menu at this US-style eatery, there’s à la carte for suhoor.
Prices à la carte Daily from sunset-1am. City Walk, Jumeirah (04 344 0705).
An à la carte that pairs traditional dishes with chocolate to enhance flavours.
Prices à la carte. Sun-Thu 10pm-1am; Fri-Sat 1pm-2am. City Walk, Al Safa (04 343 2506).
There’s an à la carte menu at this French bistro in JLT.
Prices à la carte. Daily, 8pm-2am. Cluster A, JLT (04 514 9339).
Day and Night Ballroom
There’s a special Ramadan tent set up at the Jumeirah Creekside Hotel for you to enjoy suhoor in.
Dhs140 (minimum spend). Daily from 9pm-3am. Jumeirah Creekside Hotel, Garhoud (04 230 8510).
Ewaan Ramadan Tent
Visit this traditional suhoor buffet at the famous Ewaan Ramadan Tent. Dishes include authentic Arabian cuisine as well as international fare.
Dhs170 per person. Daily, 10pm-1am. Palace Downtown, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Downtown Dubai (04 888 3444).
Guests can try mezze and Middle Eastern teas until the early hours of the morning.
Prices à la carte. Daily, 9pm-2am. Fairmont The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 457 3388).
Choose from a selection of traditional Arabic and international dishes at this spot in The H Dubai.
Prices à la carte. Daily, until sunrise. The H Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (4 501 8262).
Enjoy a full buffet at this special Ramadan tent in the Godolphin tent.
Prices à la carte. Daily from 9pm. Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 432 3232).
The suhoor menu incorporates a selection of popular cold mezze which include humus, muhammara, panco and aubergine salad.
Dhs285 per person. Daily, 10pm-3am. Souk Al Bahar, Downtown Dubai (052 487 0924).
This Time Out Dubai award-winner is offering an à la carte menu of mezze dishes.
Prices à la carte. Daily, 9pm-1am. Club Vista Mare, Palm Jumeirah (04 553 9575).
There’s a set menu or à la carte, featuring traditional Arabic entertainment and shisha.
Dhs90 per person (set menu). Daily, 7pm-2am. Shangri-La Hotel Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 405 2703).
This traditional eatery is offering an à la carte menu as well as breakfast dishes until 2am each day.
Prices à la carte. Daily, 9pm-2am. Jumeirah Beach Road, Umm Suqiem (04 338 9688). Other location: La Mer, Jumeirah 1 (04 344 6288).
Le Patio at The St. Regis Dubai is serving a special suhoor menu.
From Dhs145. Daily, 9.30pm-3am.The St. Regis Dubai, Al Habtoor City (04435 5555).
The buffet boasts five international live cooking stations, featuring traditional Arabic Dishes and International favorites.
Dhs149 per person. Half price for children aged six to 12. Free for children aged five and under.
Sunset-10.30pm. Sofitel Dubai Downtown, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 503 6111).
Choose from a wide variety dishes on the suhoor menu.
Dhs69 per person. Daily, 2am-4am. Swissotel Al Ghurair, Deira (04 293 3000).
Gather a group and head to this special majlis.
Dhs160 minimum spend per person (regular seating) From Dhs2,000 (groups of ten and up). Daily from 9.30pm-3am. Madinat Jumeirah (04 432 3232).
A buffet of traditional homemade Arabic food.
Dhs79 per person. Dhs40 (kids aged six-12), free (kids under six). Daily, 1am-4am. Pullman Dubai Creek City Centre, Deira (04 294 1222).
Suhoor with selection of Arabic and international cuisines.
Dhs69 per person. Daily, midnight-4am. Villa Rotana, Shekih Zayed Road (04 321 6111).
Nu Air Shisha Lounge
Enjoy dishes from the regular menu.
Prices à la carte, half price (kids under 12), free (kids under six). Daily from 11pm-3am. Rixos The Palm Dubai, Palm Jumeirah (04 457 5454).
There are traditional dishes as well as music from a live oud player.
Dhs90 per person. Daily, 8pm-1.30am. Kempinski Mall of The Emirates, Al Barsha (04 409 5111).
Olive Oil Restaurant
Enjoy traditional Middle Eastern cuisine.
Dhs50 per person. Daily, midnight-3am. Jumeira Rotana Dubai, 2nd December Street, Satwa (04 345 5888).
The regular menu is on offer at this Downtown Hotel.
Dhs100 minimum spend. Daily, 7pm-midnight. RODA AL Murooj Hotel, Downtown Dubai (04 321 1111).
Pierre's Bistro & Bar
There’s a special ladies’ suhoor at this brand-new restaurant from Michelin-starred chef Pierre Gagnaire. It’s in partnership with Robinsons.
Dhs150. Every Wed throughout Ramadan, 9pm-late. InterContinental Dubai Festival City (04 701 1127).
Go all out for a special one-of-a-kind suhoor at an authentic Bedouin camp in the desert with delicious food, entertainment, games and a ride in vintage Land Rovers.
Dhs295 per person. Thu-Fri midnight-4.30pm. Control Tower, Motor City (04 440 9827).
Choose from a menu drawing inspiration from the cuisines of Peru, Mexico, Venezuela and Japan.
Prices à la carte. Daily, 10pm-1am. The Beach, opposite JBR (04 456 2081).
Grills and fresh seafood are order of the day at this Creekside location.
Prices à la carte. Daily, 9pm-1am. Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, Deira (04 2054500).
Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Deira Creek
Enjoy a set menu or à la carte menu of Emirati dishes along with complimentary shisha at a range of the restaurants at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Deira Creek including Aseelah, Shabestan, Minato and Fish Market.
Prices à la carte. Daily, 10pm-midnight. Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Deira Creek (04 205 7033).
Royal Cabana Suhoor
If you have a family party or group, these private cabanas cater for up to six guests at the world-famous Burj Al Arab Jumeirah.
Dhs2,400 (cabana for up to six people). Daily, 8pm-1am. Burj Al Arab Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim (04 301 7600).
There’s both a set menu and à la carte offerings at this ballroom in DIFC.
Dhs100 (entrance fee, redeemable on food). Daily, 9.30pm-2am. The Ritz-Carlton, DIFC (04 372 2323).
This modern Californian-fusion restaurant at Burj Al Arab Jumeirah offers up stunning views across the sea and an à la carte menu.
Prices à la carte. Daily, 8pm-11.45pm. Burj Al Arab Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim (04 301 7600).
Sean Connolly at Dubai Opera
This laid-back suhoor at the swanky Dubai Opera location serves up an à la carte menu with dishes including salads, pizzas and grills.
Prices à la carte. Daily, 9pm-2am. Dubai Opera, Downtown (04 362 7312).
The suhoor set menu at this restaurant overlooking the Arabian Gulf, includes traditional Emirati dishes.
Dhs147 per person. Daily, 9pm till late. The Beach, opposite JBR (04 551 6652).
A buffet featuring a variety of starters, cold and hot mezze, main courses, as well as traditional desserts and beverages.
Prices à la carte. Daily, 10pm-1am. City Walk, Al Safa Street (04 385 6524).
Society Café and Lounge
This trendy casual restaurant promises modern twist on a traditional meal.
Dhs150 per person. Daily, 10pm-2am. Villa 2, Jumeirah Beach Road, Jumeirah 1 (04 222 2811).
Sofitel Dubai Jumeirah Beach
Options include cold mezze, a choice of traditional soups, Arabic mixed grill and vegetable biryani. Diners can choose an appetiser, soup, main course and dessert from the set menu.
Dhs75 per person. Daily, 10pm-3am. The Walk, JBR (04 448 4848).
Enjoy a set menu at this opulent lounge at Jumeirah Zabeel Saray.
Dhs180 per person. Daily from sunset-3am. Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, Palm Jumeirah (04 453 0000).
Suq Restaurant and Tent
Enjoy a selection of Middle Eastern cuisine in a cosy tent.
Dhs210 per person, half price (kids aged six-12), free (kids under six). Daily, 10pm-2am. Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach, Jumeirah (04 270 7777).
Choose from a wide selection of traditional dishes for suhoor.
Prices à la carte. Daily, 10pm-3am. Manzil Downtown, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, Downtown Dubai (04 888 3444).
There’s an à la carte suhoor with shisha options. Plus, there’s a special ladies’ suhoor majlis is at the adjacent Zabeel Hall 5.
Minimum spend of Dhs100 per person. Sun-Thu, 9pm-3am; Fri-Sat, 9pm-4am. Zabeel Hall 6, Dubai World Trade Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 308 6322).
The Meydan Ramadan Tent
A spread of cuisine prepared by Chef Nasser and his team at the glamorous Meydan Hotel.
Dhs100 (minimum spend per person). Sun-Wed, 9pm-2am; Thu-Sat, 9pm-3am. The Meydan Hotel, Nad Al Sheba (4 381 3231).
This cool set-up in Address Boulevard resembles a town house, with a kitchen, sitting room and more. Pick your location, and your dishes from the à la carte menu.
Prices à la carte. Daily from 8pm-4am. Address Boulevard, Downtown Dubai (04 888 3444).