Manzil and Fume collaboration in Downtown
For the first time during the month of Ramadan, two of Downtown’s signature dining venues, Manzil Downtown Dubai and Fumé Downtown, are joining forces to offer a hybrid culinary experience under one sprawling roof. If Arabic classics with a casual contemporary comfort-food twist sound up your street, here’s your spot. Stick about for suhoor and catch live screening of the 2016 UEFA European Championships, shisha (served after 9pm), board games and a live performance from a Lebanese oud player.
Where: Manzil Hotel, Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, Downtown Dubai
Price: AED170 per person
Contact: +9714 888 3444/ +9714 428 5928
The Palace Downtown
It might be in The Centre of Now, but The Palace and its sprawling gardens are a spot of tranquillity in the centre of buzzing downtown. Its iftar offering is always one of the most popular, with classic Arabic food and music to match the special setting. This is a super spot great if you have visitors from overseas, as every aspect is touched with Arabic authenticity including the Bedouin-style tents – no white marquees here. This year the tent spreads further into pretty The Palace Gardens.
Where: The Ramadan Tent at Ewaan, The Palace Downtown Dubai
Price: AED240 per person
Contact: +9714 4287951
Mediterranean meets Arabesque at St Regis
It’s all shiny and new and if you haven’t yet been, here’s a perfect reason to say “oui” to this extra special SZR spot. We know it’s how the French supposedly dine, but there’s no place for “small portions” with impressively extravagant (even by Dubai’s standards) Mediterranean as well
as Arabic buffets on offer.
Where: Al Habtoor City, Sheikh Zayed Road
Price: AED195 per person
Contact: +9714 435 5577
Regal dining at The Ritz-Carlton JBR
The hotel’s ballroom will be split into 11 different majlis enclosures – all equally as lavish as the next, of course. Live Arabic music will play as you enjoy the extensive buffet of favourites from all across the region. But even The Ritz-Carlton isn’t too posh for the footy – the UEFA European Championships will be screened daily.
Where: LouLou Ballroom at The Ritz-Carlton JBR
Price: AED220 per person
Contact: +9714 318 6646
Poolside tent at The Address Dubai Mall
Famous for its stunning setting, the Cabana poolside will transform into an opulent iftar pavilion this Ramadan for the first time. No matter how many times we dine under its sparkling silhouette, we think backdrops just don’t get better than the soaring Burj Khalifa. If you want a relaxed iftar with friends, and to try something new, this is an obvious choice.
Where: Cabana, The Address Dubai Mall
Price: AED220 per person
Contact: 800 233 7377
Al Majlis, Madinat Jumeirah
Al Majlis is a great spot for anyone enjoying their first iftar. It might seat 1,000 guests, but cosy booths dotted around the perimeter can be booked to ensure you still have an intimate experience. Residents can also stay a night at Mina A’Salam for just AED850.
Where: The Madinat Arena Conference Centre
Price: AED210 per person
Contact: +9714 366 6730