It is the meal with which Muslims break their daily fast, usually after eating dates and taking a small drink of either water, juice or Arabic coffee.
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.
Enjoy a Ramadan buffet in the glorious green surroundings of The Els Club. There's even a complimentary kids’ zone.
Dhs125 per person, Dhs75 for kids aged five-11. Daily from 7.30pm-10pm. The Els Club, Dubai Sports City (4425 1000).
Al Hadheerah Ramadan tent
Buffet with Emirati, Egyptian, Syrian, Lebanese, Moroccan, Omani, Iranian, Indian & Turkish food – as well as nine live-cooking stations+Oud,live camel and horse show.
Dhs265 per person (Sun-Wed), Dhs295 (Thu-Sat), half price (kids aged five-12), free (kids under five). Daily from sunset-11.30pm. Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa, Al Qudra Road (04 809 6194).
Lavish iftar sharing menu including dates, welcome drinks, soups, salads, mains and desserts.
Dhs240 (two people). Daily from sunset-9pm. Various locations including Arabian Ranches (04 452 6994).
Spoil the adrenaline seeker in you while pushing an Audi TT or S3 to its limits on the track followed by iftar cuisine.
From Dhs605. Call for reservations. Daily, 6.30pm-9.30pm. Motor City (800 AUTODROME).
Enjoy karting race action on the track while tucking into a buffet featuring traditional mezze and mixed grills.
From Dhs412 (karting and buffet). Daily, 7pm-midnight. Motor City (800 KARTING).
An iftar experience in an authentic Bedouin camp in the desert including a lavish spread of Arabic dishes, falconry, astronomy, camel rides and more.
Dhs350 per person, free complimentary transfer from Dubai for groups of ten or more. Daily, 6pm-10.30pm. Control Tower, Motor City (04 440 9827).
Offering views of the lake and fairways, Ranches Restaurant serves a family-friendly iftar.
Dhs159 per person, Dhs85 (kids aged six-12), free (kids under six). Daily, 6.30pm-8.30pm. Arabian Ranches Golf Club, Arabian Ranches (04 366 4725).