5 alternative Iftars to try in Dubai
If you're just a wee bit bored of hotel and restaurant hopping, we've shortlisted five exciting alternatives for your next Iftar.
The Flying Cup
Looking for a completely unique way to spend Iftar and Suhoor this month? How about breaking your fast while hovering 40 metres in the air on Dubai’s latest attraction? With 360° panoramic views from your lofty position in the sky, it’s the perfect spot for an Instagram shot with a stunning background thanks to Ain Dubai looming in the distance. Indulge in dates, baklava, croissant sandwiches and a soft drink of your choice as your feet dangle freely in the air.
Where: The Beach, JBR
When: 3pm-3am, Saturday to Friday
Price: From AED80
Contact: +971 50 414 0655, website
The Queen Elizabeth 2
Hosting its first floating-iftar, the QE2 has built an air-conditioned Arabian majlis to serve traditional Middle Eastern dishes, buffet style. Expect Emirati dishes, fresh salads, hot and cold mezze, an abundance of desserts and a selection of classic Arabic juices and coffee.
Where: Queen Elizabeth 2, Mina Rashid
When: May 27 to June 14
Contact: +971 4 526 8888, website
Dig into an Iftar buffet that serves traditional jallab with dates to break your fast, followed by an assortment of mezze, soups and salads. There'll be mouth-watering Arabic and continental cuisines such as lamb ouzi, chicken kabsa, mixed grills and roasted salmon on offer too. For the little ones, Legoland offers spaghetti and sausage rolls, while those with a sweet tooth can choose between mohalabia, umm Ali and an assortment of Arabic sweets, along with seasonal fruits and jell-O. Nice.
Where: The Market Restaurant, Legoland
When: 6pm-9pm, May 16 to June 14
Contact: +971 4 8203123, website
Enjoy an Iftar meal exclusively prepared by British-born chef Sean Connolly in the luxurious Dubai Opera during the month of Ramadan. Gawk at the auditorium turned banquet hall and feast on an offering of Arabic dishes that have been given a modern twist. There'll be carving stations, an array of sweets, desserts and Ramadan juices, too. Oh, and live entertainment.
Where: Dubai Opera
When: 6pm-9:30pm, May 16 to June 14
Contact: +971 4 440 8888, website
At.mosphere Burj Khalifa
At 442 metres above the ground, your Iftar experience will have the perfect backdrop from Level 122. From the city’s cluster of skyscrapers to the clear waters of the Arabian Gulf, you'll have a glittering view at night. Helping you take in those sure to be stunning panoramic views is a four-course Iftar meal that features a variety of contemporary international dishes and an expansive dessert section.
Where: Level 22, At.mosphere Restaurant
When: 6pm-10:30pm, May 15 to June 14
Contact: +971 4 888 3828, website