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6 gourmet iftars in Abu Dhabi

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Ramadan is finally here, and some Abu Dhabi restaurants and hotels have been preparing for months. The range of dishes on offer is huge, from international buffets to a la carte options serving traditional Arabian food. Here’s our ShortList of some of Abu Dhabi’s five-star Iftars.

Hyatt Capital Gate
What: Located in Abu Dhabi’s iconic Capital Gate, the building holds the record for the world’s furthest leaning man-made tower. Iftar at 18 degrees is the perfect way to celebrate the Ramadan with friends, family and colleagues. The package at this award-winning restaurant includes authentic Arabic and Emirati specialties, alongside signature Eastern Mediterranean dishes which are mainly inspired from Lebanon, Syria and Turkey.
Price: AED180.
Contact: 02 596 1440, Website

Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri
What: The Arabesque Ramadan Tent, which adjoins to the award-winning Sofra boulevard, invites guests to take in the splendour of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque while enjoying traditional Iftar and Suhoor in a sumptuously decorated setting. It’s such a popular spot with large groups that they’re offering seven different menu packages for the sunset and sunrise meals. And you know it’s going to feature all the trimmings.
Price: AED199
Contact: 02 509 8555, Website

Le Royal Meridien
What: There’s a warning note on the hotel’s website that says outdoor pool access will be cut off until July 28 because, naturally, the pool and courtyard have been covered over to accommodate one of the finest and largest Ramadan tents in town. Live cooking stations, traditional spreads, live oud players and dancers, plenty of shisha, and a chance to win exciting prizes are all part of this fasting-to-feasting experience. The air-conditioned tent will offer an array of hot and cold mezze, fateer, traditional saj and more, plus sweet seasonal delights like achtaliyeh, kenafa and katayef.
Price: AED149
Contact: 800 101 101, WebsiteYas Viceroy
What: Enjoy the breathtaking views of Yas marina Circuit from Yas Viceroy whilst you feast on some special buffet menus at the hotel’s restaurants. Origins and Atayeb will change their menu daily, but you can expect soups, salads, hot and cold plates, carvings, and a cheese station, not to mention a huge choice of deserts. Or you can opt for an Iftar takeaway – the same menus are on offer but orders must be placed 24 hours in advance and collection is between 5pm and 6.30pm on the day.
Price: AED175
Contact: 02 656 0600, WebsiteSheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel and Resort
What:
The popular city centre hotel is expecting to host over 5000 guests for Iftar and Suhoor during this very special time. Offering a unique blend of five-star hospitality and Arabian elegance, the hotel has two options – Flavours restaurant and Arzanah ballroom. Chef Mustafa and his team are expecting to serve approximately 1000 kilos of meat and 200kg of rice during Ramadan’s 4-week period.
Price: Flavours, AED159. Arzanah ballroom, from AED140.
Contact: 02 677 3333, Website

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