Kate-Lynne Wolmarans14 May 2018 AT 02:09 PM

33 Iftars and Suhoor to try in Dubai this Ramadan

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Kate-Lynne Wolmarans14 May 2018 AT 02:09 PM
Dubai, Ramadan, Iftar, Suhoor
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Ruya Dubai
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Ruya Dubai
Besh Turkish Kitchen
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Besh Turkish Kitchen
Café Arabesque
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Café Arabesque
Masti Dubai
Masti Dubai
Sean Connolly at Dubai Opera
Sean Connolly at Dubai Opera

Dubai Marina, Al Sufouh and The Palm

Al Falak Ballroom
This will be one of the more majestic of the Ramadan experiences as this two-tier ballroom is kitted out in traditional Arabesque patterns. To elevate the atmosphere further, guests will also be treated to a fantastic live oud performance.
Where: Burj Al Arab
When: Sunset onwards
Price: AED255
Contact: +9714 301 7600, website

Al Falak Ballroom

Al Iwan
All of Dubai knows that the views of the Burj Al Arab are spectacular. But have you admired the iconic hotel’s interior from the plush, palatial Al Iwan atrium? Enjoy it over a traditional Arabic buffet while listening to a live kanoon and challou performance.
Where: Burj Al Arab
When: Sunset onwards
Price: AED295
Contact: +9714 301 7600, website

Imperium
Picture this: vast, vintage-glam décor (complete with glittering chandeliers, ice sculptures and gleaming cutlery), a terrace with sea views, impeccable service and opulent tables laden with treats that cater to all tastes. Tempting, right? Right. We suggest you book your spot early because it’s bound to fill up, fast.
Where: Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, The Palm
When: Sunset onwards
Price: AED195
Contact: +9714 453 0444, website

Rüya Dubai
They’ve won awards for their Anatolian-style cuisine, made to be shared. Guests can expect a bespoke Iftar dining experience that includes traditional fast-breaking bites – like muhammara, citir kalamar, borek and pide – with mains like yogurtlu kebab and güveç to follow.
Where: Grosvenor House Hotel
When: Sunset until 11pm
Price: AED229
Contact: +9714 399 9123, website

Ruya Dubai

Mezzerie
Out on the further reaches of The Palm’s Eastern Crescent, the feasting stage here is set with floral centrepieces, lanterns and tea lights. After mains, from the live cooking stations, those with a sweet tooth will be well served with indulgent desserts that range from white chocolate dates to kunaffe and baklavas.
Where: Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah, The Palm
When: Sunset to 8.30pm
Price: AED205
Contact: +9714 818 2222, website

A La Turca
Homemade Turkish treats such as traditional kebabs and hot and cold mezzes await you at this opulent venue located in Rixos The Palm. Be sure to leave some space for dessert, their Baklava is some of the best in the region.
Where: Rixos The Palm
When: Sunset to 10pm
Price: AED230
Contact: +9714 457 5454, website
A La Turca

Blue Orange
It’s not only a safe bet for the Bubbalicious brunch with family or friends. It delivers, come Ramadan, too. Breaking your fast in the breezy, cheery surrounds of the Blue Orange terrace will be a visual feast in itself.
Where: The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina
When: Weekdays; sunset until 10.30pm, Weekends; sunset until 11pm
Price: AED155
Contact: +9714 511 7373, website

Great British Restaurant (GBR)
The hotel on Palm Jumeirah hosts a five-star Iftar at the brasserie-style GBR, which boasts great views of the Gulf. If you like it, you can go back for seconds in the same week, as they’ll have five different rotating menus featuring Emirati classics such as stuffed lamb harris, umm ali and kounafa nabilsy.
Where: Dukes Dubai, Oceana Beach Club, The Palm
When: Sunset until 9pm
Price: AED185; including soft drinks
Suhoor: Á la carte menu, 9.30pm-2.30am
Contact: +9714 455 1101, website

Business Bay and Al Habtoor City

Rang Mahal by Atul Kochhar
You haven’t truly dined until you’ve had an Iftar at an award-winning restaurant in the world’s tallest hotel. This Iftar is one of three that the hotel is hosting (others are at Kitchen6 and at Al Fanous Lounge, which also hosts Suhoor). Sample a three course menu that celebrates the heritage of Indian cuisine, while showcasing Michelin-starred Kochhar’s signature contemporary twist.
Where: JW Marriott Marquis
When: Sunset until 8pm
Price: AED325 per person
Contact: +9714 414 3000, website
Rang Mahal by Atul Kochhar

Seasonal Tastes
Another big, all-encompassing Iftar at this five-star hotel in Al Habtoor City, which is celebrating its second Ramadan. It contains all the usual stations and cuisines, although the umm ali and freshly prepared kunaffe are certainly worth your attention. Amid all the Moroccan lanterns and antique coffee pots, mini majlises will be set up in all the private dining spaces.
Where: The Westin Dubai
When: Sunset onwards
Price: AED185
Contact: +9714 435 5577, website

Bayside Restaurant & Terrace
It’s got a Best Luxury Business Hotel in the UAE award under its belt, and the service and atmosphere at the hotel’s classy European restaurant is always warm and welcoming. During Ramadan, there’ll be special themed nights that include Italian and seafood, so you definitely need to visit more than once.
Where: Steigenberger Hotel Business Bay
When: Sunset until 10.30pm
Price: AED195
Suhoor: From midnight to 4am
Contact: +9714 369 0000, website

Sheikh Zayed Road and DIFC

DIFC Ramadan Majlis
Proving that the Ritz puts on the glitz, each year during the Holy Month the hotel partners with the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) to lay out a lavish majlis that takes guests on a culinary journey through the tastes of Arabia with its 16 live cooking stations.
Where: The Ritz-Carlton DIFC
When: Sunset until 8.30pm
Price: AED199
Suhoor: 9.30pm-2am, à la carte menu with a minimum spend of AED100; excluding shisha
Contact: +9714 372 2323, website
DIFC Ramadan Majlis

Cascades
The only indoor Ramadan tent on Sheikh Zayed Road is offering guests a daily rotating feast that includes 17 international and regional dishes (the lamb ouzi and Fairmont’s signature shawarmas are our favourites), desserts and 26 freshly prepared salads. There’ll be hot and cold mezze on offer, too. The tent can comfortably seat 115 people, but be sure to book in advance as it usually fills up quickly.
When: Sunset until 9.30pm
Price: AED180
Where: The Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road
Contact: +9714 311 8316, website

Burger & Lobster
Burger & Lobster has some of the finest lobster meat around so the fact that almost the entire menu is on offer for Iftar makes it the perfect place for pescetarians to break their fast this Holy Month. Our top picks include the mini lobster roll and the half pounder lobster and chips.
Where: Burj Daman, DIFC
When: Sunset onwards
Price: AED149
Contact: +9714 514 8838, website

Burger & Lobster

Peyote
The beloved Mexican haunt will be ringing in its first Ramadan with an Iftar menu that is not only delicious – the churros and the short noodles served with tomato, chipotle sauce and fried plantain are a must try – but also aims to give back to society. For every Moonlight Mocktail ordered, AED10 will be donated to the Jalila Foundation – an organisation that aims to transform lives through medical education and research.
When: Sunset onwards
Where: Gate Village 02, DIFC
Price: From AED125
Contact: +9714 521 6300, website

Catch Dubai
American seafood restaurant Catch have finally, er, caught on to the fabulousness of the Iftar feast, and are offering their first curated Ramadan menu this year. Break the fast with dates and soup, smoked edamame and mezze bites, before trying their lobster roll and short-rib tacos, or one of the mains like herb-roasted branzino.
Where: The Fairmont Dubai
When: 7pm-9pm
Price: AED200
Contact: +9714 357 1755, website

Mint Leaf of London
This glamorous spot is always worth a night out. Book a window table to marvel at the stunning floor-to-ceiling views of the Burj Khalifa, then make your way through the chef’s special seven course Iftar menu that features contemporary British-Indian dishes like yoghurt chaat and keema kaleji shepherd’s pie.
Where: Emirates Financial Towers, DIFC
When: Sunset until 1am
Price: AED180 for the chef’s special
Contact: +9714 706 0900, website

Mint Leaf of London

Gaucho
The Argentinian hotspot will be hosting a three course meal in honour of the Holy Month. The menu consists of sharing starters like Ecuadorian ceviche and beef and humita empanadas. While ancho ribeye, gambas skewers and chicken Milanese all feature,too. If you have a sweet tooth, we highly recommend the coconut tres leches – not only delicious but it is incredibly refreshing, too.
Where: Gate Village 05
When: Sunset onwards
Price: AED199, minimum of two people
Contact: +9714 422 7898, website

Downtown Dubai

Sean Connolly at Dubai Opera
The lavish venue will be celebrating its first Ramadan with a specially crafted Suhoor menu. The à la carte offering will include traditional Middle Eastern dishes as well as a number of Connolly’s signature dishes such as the duck fat chips and the whipped feta salad that’s served with watermelon, strawberry and tomato.
Where: Dubai Opera
When: 10pm-2am, Sunday- Saturday
Price: À la carte
Contact: +9714 362 7312, website

Sean Connolly at Dubai Opera

Asado
Serving a selection of Argentinian cuisine, indulge in a selection of menu highlights such as premium cuts of meats that are made to order on an authentic chargrilling parrilla. There’s an open grill in the centre of the restaurant that gently gives off the alluring barbecue smells that are sure to tempt the taste buds. A special set menu for Iftar will be present, along with front row seats to the fabulous waterworks of The Dubai Fountains and the towering Burj Khalifa.
Where: Palace Downtown
When: Sunset until 9pm
Price: AED255
Contact: +9714 888 3444, website

Royale Ballroom at Palace Downtown
Traditional and modern luxury merge seamlessly at this regal locale right in the heart of the Old Town Island, Downtown. The boutique hotel’s fancy ballroom will put on sumptuous Iftar and Suhoor spreads, featuring favourites of the Holy Month.
Where: Palace Downtown
When: Sunset until 9pm
Price: From AED225
Suhoor: 10pm-2am
Contact: +9714 428 7951, website

Günaydin
Superstar chef Yotam Ottolenghi once said Turkish cuisine is “one of the most exciting and accomplished in the world”. Visit Turkish steakhouse Günaydin and you’re sure to agree. The Iftar includes a decadent buffet of salads and soups, mezzes and meats – like the satisfying fıstıklı kebap (lamb kebab with pistachio).
Where: Souk Al Bahar
When: Sunset to 9.30pm
Price: AED230
Contact: +971 55 487 0924, website

Günaydin

3in1 Restaurant
Embracing the spirit of giving, 3in1 is offering diners a sharing style Iftar menu that includes the likes of lamb ouzi, chicken shish taouk and lamn kofta. For dessert, you have a choice of umm ali, baklava crème brulee and the venues signature karak chai pannacota.
Where: Vida Downtown
When: Sunset until 10pm
Price: AED160
Suhoor: 10pm until 2am, à la carte
Contact: +9714 888 3444, website

The Courtyard
With four live cooking stations dishing up everything from ouzi to shawarmas and saj, you’ll definitely find a dish that will tempt your taste buds at The Courtyard’s Iftar offering. Before taking to the stations, guests will be treated to a selection of hot and cold mezzes and soup. Two main courses and four skewers will be served directly to the table, too. Make yourself comfy in the Arabic-style courtyard setting, where you’re welcome to play board games and smoke shisha into the early hours.
Where: Manzil Downtown
When: Sunset until 9pm
Price: AED195 buffet, soft drinks and Ramadan beverages.
Suhoor: 10pm-3am, á la carte menu
Contact: +9714 888 3444, website

The Courtyard

Dubai Creek, Deira and Festival City

Café Arabesque
It’s all about regional heritage here, as the restaurant draws from the rich culinary history of Jordan, Lebanon and Syria and dishes it up with the warm and traditional Arabic hospitality. After your lavish Levantine spread and to-die-for dessert selection, try an exotic shisha flavour outside.
Where: Park Hyatt Dubai
When: Sunset onwards
Price: AED220, including soft drinks and Ramadan juices
Contact: +9714 602 1814, website

The Market Place and The Town Square
These two restaurants have combined to deliver an Iftar that includes regional favourites like lamb ouzi, chicken biryani and hot and cold mezzes as well as international fare such as mixed grills, pastas and salads. It’s designed to bring families and friends together for a truly memorable evening.
Where: JW Marriott Hotel Dubai
When: Sunset to 9pm
Price: AED115
Contact: +9714 607 7977, website

Ashiana
One of the UAE restaurants by Vineet Bhatia – one of the first Indian chef-restaurateurs to earn a Michelin star – Ashiana always delivers when it comes to gourmet Indian food. For Ramadan, chef Vipin Kala has curated a four course menu that includes the likes of chicken tikka masala, lamb rogan josh, mixed kadai vegetable and dal tadka tamatari.
Where: Sheraton Dubai Creek Hotel
When: Sunset until 8.30pm
Price: AED139, minimum of two people
Contact: +9714 207 1733, website

Vivaldi by Alfredo Russo
Michelin starred chef Alfredo Russo has prepared a number of dishes that blend Italian flavours with Arabic cuisine in honour the Holy Month of Ramadan. Our favourites from the sharing style menu include the lamb served with chickpeas and rosemary, the black rice served alongside spinach and mozzarella as well as the salmon served with parsley and mint pesto.
Where: Sheraton Dubai Creek Hotel & Towers
When: Sunset until 8.30pm
Price: À la carte
Contact: +9714 207 1717, website

Vivaldi by Alfredo Russo

Azur
At this uplifting spot overlooking the Raffles gardens, chef de cuisine Mazen Abdallah will ensure that you have any dish that your heart may desire. There are stations serving Ramadan beverages, shawarmas, mana’eesh, soups and roasts, Indian and Asian options, and traditional mezzes and sweets. Head to Crossroads afterwards where the shisha sommelier will mix you a special blend.
Where: Raffles Dubai
When: Sunset onwards
Price: AED195 per person inclusive of Ramadan juices, soft drinks, coffee and tea
Contact: +9714 324 8888, website

Other areas

Besh Turkish Kitchen
A lavish Turkish Iftar that incorporates a night bazaar featuring Turkish goodies from jewellery, clothing, home décor and food. For breaking your fast, there’s a generous array of mezzes and salads, pide, charcoal grilled meats and fish. To finish, there’s the incredible sweet room featuring dondurma, baklava and more Turkish delight than you know what to do with it. If that’s not enough, you can relax on the terrace watching Turkish soap operas whilst taking in a range of shishas.
Where: Sheraton Mall of the Emirates
Price: AED155
When: Sunset until 9pm
Contact: +9714 377 235, website

Besh Turkish Kitchen

Al Bahou
This one ticks all the right boxes: ambience provided by an oud player and lanterns? Sure. Classic Arabic tastes, like lamb ouzi, fatteh and mixed grill, mezzes? Check. A range of Ramadan beverages? Yup. Traditional sweets, like umm ali and kunaffe? Sorted! There’ll be an international spread showcasing the very best that India, Italy and Morocco have to offer, too.
Where: Mövenpick Ibn Battuta Gate
When: Sunset onwards
Price: AED185
Contact: +9714 444 5613, website

Ranches Restaurant
Need the right place to host a fun loving family Iftar? The setting and hospitality at Ranches Restaurant is warm and welcoming, so it should make a memorable night out for all the family. The décor and food offering pays homage to the region while the surrounding greenery makes for nice a change from the somewhat harsh cityscapes that we’re used to seeing across the emirate.
Where: Arabian Ranches Golf Club
When: Sunset until 8.30pm
Price: AED159 per person for a group of minimum 15 people
Contact: +9714 360 7935, website

Floating Iftar and Suhoor
Dubai’s first ever floating Iftar and Suhoor is taking place above the luxurious QE2. The purpose-built majlis on the ship’s deck can host up to 250 guests and will serve up an array of traditional cuisine through buffets and live cooking stations. Iftar is sunset until 9pm (AED250) and the Suhoor buffet is 9pm-1am (AED175).
When: Daily during Ramadan
Where: Mina Rashid
Price: AED250 for Iftar and AED175 for Suhoor
Contact: +971 4 526 8888, website
Floating Iftar and Suhoor on board the QE2

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