During Ramadan, UAE residents will be well aware of the tents and large buffets popping up over the country, with many hotels and restaurants offering the most magnificent Iftars and Suhoors. Indeed, there are so many, that it can be quite a job working out which options are worth spending time on.
With that in mind, we’ve put together a list of Dubai-based iftars where residents can fuel up for the upcoming day of fasting without having to overspend. And we’ll do another list of Abu Dhabi iftars, too. In the meantime, here are our top picks for Iftars around Dubai that offer quality food and a good atmosphere without asking you to break the bank.
Fairmont The Palm
This Ramadan, The Fairmont has set up an Arabian tent that oozes glamour and elegance, and the food matches the atmosphere. You can choose from the Iftar buffet or the a la carte menu for Suhoor. The tent is open all through Ramadan, starting when the sun sets until 9pm, after which Suhoor runs until 2am. And if you think you will be paying through the nose for the evening, it’s far from overly expensive. The Iftar buffet plus drinks will only set you back AED 175 and children between 6 and 12 eat for half the price. Children under six can eat for free and Shisha prices start from AED 90.
The Address Montgomerie
Slightly more expensive than The Fairmont, starting at AED 200 per person. A glass tent overlooking an 18-hole golf course, this Iftar is perfect for families who want to be away from the bustling city. With the tranquil backdrop of lakes and lush green views, you can enjoy an Arabic buffet and shisha. Again children under the age of six can eat for free.
While hotel buffets are the place to be for Iftars and Suhoors, if you want to try something different and venture outside of a buffet, then head to Rove Downtown. It’s been classed as the “healthiest Iftar in town”. You can choose from a large salad bar, healthy main courses and mixed grills. One of the staples at the restaurant is the quinoa, sesame seed and dried apricot salad. For one person, you will be paying AED 99 and children over six will only pay AED 49. But here’s a top tip: If a group of 10 or more book 48 hours in advance, they’ll get an early bird discount where they will only have to pay AED 89 each.
This café is one of the most popular places to eat for Iftar this year. It combines Emirati heritage with an Indian and Iranian twist. The quaint café is styled with vintage décor and makes you feel miles away from the busy city. Starting at AED 99 per person, the café has a set menu that gives you the opportunity to sample dishes you may not find at the average hotel buffet. You can wash it all down with the café’s signature karak chai, while the mezze falafel and the home-made mahi tikka come highly recommended.
If you want to try something different this Ramadan and try tastes from the other side of the world, this restaurant in the Four Seasons DIFC is perfect for you. Just like it says in the restaurant name, it’s a diner and the dishes for Iftar are all America-based with a twist. Over Ramadan, Firebird Diner will have sharing platters to be enjoyed with friends and family, chosen from a set sharing menu at AED 185 per person. And if you pay an extra AED 50 you can get unlimited shakes and mocktails. Indulge in braised BBQ short ribs, oak-grilled salmon or crispy fried chicken served with truffle mac and cheese.
Sheraton Dubai, Mall of Emirates
Once the sun sets it not all about eating. Besh in the Sheraton doesn’t only offer a place to break your fast, but it also has a pop-up night market featuring Turkish produce from jewellery and clothing to home décor and traditional food. Besh offers a range of food to break your fast, with an arrangement of light nutritious hot or cold mezze, salads or you can go heavy with charcoal grilled meats and fish. And you can top everything off with Turkish sweets and tea while you let the food settle on the terrace smoking shisha. Per person, it costs AED 145, but if you book 10 people or more then you will only have to pay AED 120 each.
If you really want to keep an eye on your budget during Ramadan, then head down to Jumeirah Fishing Harbour and you’ll discover this hidden gem. For only AED 75, 3 Fils has created a special iftar starter set menu. It includes grilled prawns, mezze favourites and marinated mushrooms with pomegranate. You can also order from the usual a la carte menu, however you will have to pay normal prices.
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