6 five-star Iftars in Dubai
The Ramadan preparations have begun, and it seems like every hotel, restaurant, and café is hosting an Iftar. From the grand to the relaxed, there are hundreds of options available. If you’re looking for a spectacular way to break your fast, Dubai's five-star restaurants have got it covered. Here's our ShortList of some of the city's finest.
Bab Al Shams
Where: Al Hadheerah Restaurant, Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa
This Bedouin inspired Iftar is more than a simple feast. Offering an authentic Arabian experience with fine food and entertainment, the resort has constructed an air-conditioned tent in Al Hadheerah for the duration of the Holy Month. Expect dates, mezzah, juices and other traditional treats set to a backdrop of desert dunes and tanoura dancers.
Time: Sunset to 12pm
Contact: +971 4 809 6498, Website
Where: Qbara, Wafi City
Qbara has a five star reputation, and its Iftar is no different. The restaurant’s Ramadan dishes are served by waiting staff – no buffet in sight – in-keeping with its fine dining ethos. You’ll find the table packed with food as soon as the sun sets, and hot dishes like slow cooked lamb shoulder and crispy soft shell crab to follow.
Time: Sunset to 8.30pm (a la carte afterwards)
Contact: +971 4 709 2500, Website
Where: Armani Hotel, Burj Khalifa
With the Burj Khalifa towering above and the fountains exploding in the background, this is an Iftar with a view. The huge spread of food includes beautifully presented Arabic dishes.
Time: Sunset to 10pm
Contact: +971 4 888 3888, Website
Imperium at Zabeel Saray
Where: Zabeel Saray, The Palm Jumeirah
With crystal chandeliers, gold panels and marble floors, imperium is, as the name suggests, imperial. The Iftar is served in a buffet style, with an exceptional range of cold and hot dishes. It’s an international spread, but there’s plenty of Arabic options for those who prefer to keep it traditional.
Time: Sunset to 8.30pm
Contact: +971 4 453 0444, Website
Caravan at The Ritz Carlton
Where: Caravan, Ritz Carlton, JBR
This Ifar takes you on a global journey on the foods different countries eat to break fast. Expect Nasi Goreng from Indonesia, Beef Rendang from Malaysia, and Tandoori from India, mixed in with favourites from the Middle East. There’s also entertainment on offer, including falconry and a live Arabic duo performance.
Time: Sunset to 9.30pm
Contact: +971 4 318 6150, Website
Al Falak Ballroom in Burj Al Arab
Where: Al Falak Ballroom, Burj Al Arab
It doesn’t get more impressive than Burj Al Arab. The hotel’s Al Falak Ballroom is designed in the style of an 18th century Venetian Opera House. For the special occasion of Ramadan, the space has been transformed into a Majlis, with tents and Arabic music.
Time: From sunset, reservations essential
Contact: +971 4 301 7600, Website