Unforgettable Iftars in Dubai

Unforgettable Iftars 20150528T030929 20170308T224045:636246096451649019 Heritage & Culture Ramadan is a special time of gathering, and there’s no better way to celebrate than at an iftar with family and friends. From a feast in the desert to a gathering with the family high above the city, try one of these unforgettable iftars in Dubai this year. Dubai’s Iftars with a difference

A festive feast to break your fast

The Holy month of Ramadan is marked by introspective spirituality, dawn to dusk fasting and generosity. It is also the perfect time for unwinding with friends and families around Iftars - a typically sumptuous feast which starts at sunset to break the day of fasting. We list some of the iftars not to be missed this year in Dubai.

Cuisine meets culture

Immerse yourself in the spirit of Ramadan at a traditional Iftar at the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding. The Iftar here is as authentic as they come, held in the courtyard of the wind-tower house in Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood. Your Emirati hosts will talk you through the rituals that begin the breaking of the daily fast, including prayers and traditional foods served. And if you’ve any questions about Ramadan, the culture or local traditions in general, your hosts will be more than happy to answer. After Iftar you’re invited to visit the Diwan Masjid, before returning to SMCUU for dessert and tea.

Time: 15 minutes before dusk
Price: AED135 per adult, children under 12 years dine free
Book: + 971 4 353 6666


A Japanese Iftar

Experience a contemporary Iftar with Dubai’s in crowd at Nobu, contemporary Japanese cuisine in a beautiful contemporary space. Chef Nobu’s signature dishes include Steamed Seabass Dry Miso with Eggplant Puree and Creamy Rock Shrimp with a spin on Iftar staples such as dried fruit and vegetables to break your fast.

Time: 6.30pm - 8.30pm
Price: AED210 per person
Book: + 971 4 426 2626


An Iconic venue

Experience Ramadan in one of Dubai’s most atmospheric restaurants, Pierchic. The perfect location for a special treat, Pierchic presents a carefully created selection of seafood-inspired dishes with an authentic Arabic twist. Through a beautiful union of unusual flavour combinations, you’re in for a truly special celebration for friends and family alike. Pierchic will also be open for lunch throughout the whole month, serving its celebrated à la carte menu in dream-like surroundings.

Time: Lunch: 12pm - 3pm | Iftar: 6.30pm - 11.30pm
Price: AED270 per person
Book: +971 4 432 3232


From the top

Award-winning Kitchen6, features six live cooking stations this Ramadan. Asian woks, Middle Eastern grills, European roasts, authentic Indian cuisine, an organic section and a world class dessert buffet are set to celebrate cuisines from all across the world. Described on Trip Advisor as ‘a must try’, and a ‘food heaven’ this 400 person capacity restaurant happens to be in the world’s tallest hotel, the JW Marriott Marquis.

Time: Sunset until 8.30pm
Price: AED195 per adult, half price for or children aged six to 12
Book: +971 4 414 0000


A Kaleidoscopic Iftar

Explore the richness of Arabia at the most popular buffet venue in Atlantis, The Palm. Come together for an iftar to share as the buffet features interactive cooking stations, an open kitchen and palate pleasing flavours and textures, drawing from the very best of Indian, Mediterranean and Arabic cuisines.

Time: 6.30pm - 8.30pm
Price: AED200 per person
Book: + 971 4 426 2626


Layali Zaman Iftar Majlis at Le Meridien

Transforming into a quintessentially Arabesque ambience to celebrate Ramadan, the Falcon Ballroom at Le Meridien offers a plentiful array of Middle Eastern specialities with interactive cooking stations, traditional hot and cold mezze, slow roasted Lamb Ouzi, and a delightful variety of Arabic desserts. Relax with family and friends as you savor Arabic coffee or mint tea, and the soulful strains of the Arabian Oudh enrich your experience.

Time: Arabic buffet from sunset until 8.30pm | International buffet until 11pm
Price: AED149 per person
Book: +971 4 217 0000


Contemporary Iftar

Tesoro showcases a fresh take on the traditional Iftar. Enjoy live-cooked manakish, lamb ouzi, shawarma, Arabic ice cream, date smoothies and rosewater mocktails and chocolate fondue together with some Indian classic dishes. Take in the views at Downtown Dubai, then move into the Treehouse Tent for leisure, board games and an à la carte suhoor drenched in twinkly warm lights with an uninterrupted view of the world’s tallest building!

Time: Sunset - 11pm
Price: AED195 per person
Book: +971 4 438 3111

At Crescendo

Watch the sun set into the Arabian Gulf from this impressive restaurant, at Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort. Crescendo serves up a colourful, delectable array of Arabic specialties and international fare, bursting with flavour and choice and complemented by the soothing tones of a kanoun player.

Price: AED185 per adult and AED 90 per child
Book: +971 4 567 8304

Madea Iftar

For a family friendly Iftar by the sea, consider the Madea Iftar at Double Tree by Hilton Dubai at The Walk at Jumeirah Beach Residence. Chef Lawrence Alnajjad will serve a selection of signature dishes from a specially created menu that include the traditional Moroccan tagine, a delicious Lentil Soup and Umm Ali for dessert.

Time: 7pm - 2am
Price: AED139 per adult
Book: +971 4 453 3333

A futuristic venue

Meydan Hotel is a contemporary space known for its spectacular city view. Tuck into the traditional buffet offering at Sky Bubble located on Level 8 of the Meydan Grandstand under the iconic crescent roof. Special Corporate Iftar packages for groups up to 1,000 guests are available upon request.

Time: From sunset until 9pm
Price: AED170 per adult, half price for children aged five to 12
Book: +971 4 381 3111

An Alternative Iftar

Drawing inspiration from vintage motorcycles, paying homage to the retro riders of the 60’s and 70’s and their rides to Brighton, this is probably the quirkiest Ramadan offering this year! Ghaf Kitchen sets the scene in Cafe Rider, Umm Suqeim and the kitchen is being built around a classic hut from Brighton.

Time: Iftar Sunset to 11pm | Suhoor 8.45pm - 11pm
Price: AED180 per adult | Corporate bookings AED210 per person (Table of 9+)
Book: +971 56 393 3712

FIREBIRD DINER by Michael Mina at the Four Seasons Hotel

Time: Sunset until 2am
Price: AED200 per person
Book: +971 4 506 0000

Zheng He’s at Jumeirah Mina A’Salam

Time: Sunset until 11.30pm
Price: A la carte
Book: +971 4 432 3232

The Atrium at Grand Millennium Dubai

Time: Sunset until 11pm
Price: AED129 per adult, half price for or children aged six to 12
Book: +971 4 429 9999

Rang Mahal by Atul Kochhar at JW Marriott Marquis

Time: Sunset until 11.30pm
Price: AED325 per person
Book: +971 4 414 0000

Dana Ballroom at Four Seasons

Time: Iftar: 6pm - 9pm | Suhoor: 10pm - 2am
Price: Iftar AED210 per person | Suhoor: AED170 per person
Book: +971 4 270 7777

Pad Thai

Time: 4pm until midnight
Book: +971 4 432 3232

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