Iftar is the meal with which Muslims break their daily fast. Traditionally, the fast is broken with dates and a small drink of either water, juice or Arabic coffee, before prayers are undertaken, following which iftar is served.
Often, Emirati families put on big evening meals for all their family and friends – you’ll sometimes see iftar tents pop up outside big villas – though many also dine out at the many restaurants around the city.
Some iftars offer Middle Eastern cuisines and buffets, others offering contemporary and fusion twists on a traditional iftar.
The meal usually starts with soup – such as shorbat (lentil soup) – before mains are brought out, featuring rice, salads, grilled meats and more, and finally a selection of sweets treats for dessert.
Traditional Moroccan buffet featuring authentic delicacies and beverages, prepared by the restaurant’s Moroccan chef.
Dhs125 (adults), half price for kids aged six-12, free for kids under six. Daily from sunset-11pm. Novotel Dubai Al Barsha, Al Barsha (04 304 9000).
Besh Turkish Kitchen
Enjoy the season with a lavish Turkish iftar at Besh. Hot and cold mezze and salads, pide, grills and Turkish tea.
Dhs111 per person for the first 10 days of the Ramadan, Dhs155 per person, Dhs135 for groups of ten to 40 people, Dhs125 for groups of 40+ people, Dhs70 kids aged six-12. Daily from sunset-9pm. Sheraton Mall of the Emirates Hotel, Al Barsha (04 377 2353).
Brunswick Eatery, Bar & Terrace
Gold label Australian wagyu tartare, sherry vinegar gel, cornichon, salt bush, slow cooked hen yolk, parsley oil and rye sourdough crisp bread.
From Dhs70. Daily from 8am-late. Sheraton Dubai Mall of the Emirates, Al Barsha (056 404 0685).
Stay healthy with this vegan iftar. It features a packed three course a la carte menu throughout Ramadan.
Dhs110 (including a smoothie). Daily from sunset. Mall of the Emirates, Al Barsha (050 478 1094).
Buffet featuring traditional mezze grills and international cuisine.
Dhs210 per person. Daily from sunset-9pm. Kempinski Mall of The Emirates, Al Barsha (04 409 5111).