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Iftar: Budget bites

From shawarma by the kilo to stunning skyline views, we seek out the best culinary treats that won’t hurt your wallet

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Meshwari, Abu Dhabi

Meshwari

This homegrown fast-casual brand bundles its special iftar menu, taking celebrations straight to your doorstep. For those who want private iftar time with family and friends, trying this eatery is a must, as it delivers not only individual shawarma platters but also shawarma by the kilo. 

Details Dh45 for the iftar shawarma platter; Dh50 for the shawarma by weight option; sunset to 3am; call 600 500 404

Shahran Restaurant, Oud Metha

Shahran

This new Indian dining venue is a must-try for those who love to taste the exotic Hyderabadi flavours. From Hyderabadi biryani to tikkas, kebabs and desserts, the place serves a rich menu in its luxurious indoor setting, modelled after a Hyderabadi palace. 

Details Dh68 per person; 6.15pm onwards; Call 04 271 1930

City Café, Citymax Hotel Al Barsha

City Cafe

Enjoy iftar at this casual yet contemporary dining venue where you are spoilt for choice by the distinctive menu options comprised of traditional Middle Eastern specialities.

Details Dh69; sunset to 9pm; call 04 409 8000

Promenade, Four Points by Sheraton Bur Dubai 

Promenade

This stylish café with its enticing variety of food choices such as fatayer, sambousek, desserts such as basboosa, assorted baklavas and mango mohalabia and a great selection of fresh juices and beverages, makes it a perfect place to relish iftar. 

Details Dh73 per person, including unlimited soft beverages; from 9.30pm; 
Call 04 397 7444 

Barbeque Nation

Barbeque Nation

It’s a great place to celebrate and dine with loved ones, treating them with mouth-watering varieties of chargrilled delicacies, prepared live in front of you. At all Barbeque Nation outlets, located in Dubai, Ras Al Khaimah and Abu Dhabi, you will be welcomed from 6pm to 7pm with a platter of fruit, dates, pakoras and fatayer (fritters) and sherbet (laban and Roo Afza). 

Details Dh85; 6pm to 11.30pm and 12am at Dubai and Abu Dhabi outlets respectively; call: 04 364 1666, 054 5816327/28

The Lounge at Element Me’aisam Dubai, Dubai Production City

The Lounge at Element

For the fitness-conscious, this brand-new dining zone will be a perfect delight, offering a broad range of healthy iftar options including Ramadan juices, soups, fattoush, hummus and a fresh quinoa bowl, to name a few. 

Details Dh75 for adults; half price for children (6-12); from sunset 
to 10pm; call 04 248 7777 

Swiss-Café Restaurant, Swiss-Belhotel Sharjah

Swiss Cafe

With a warm Arabian ambience, the place offers a lavish fusion of all international flavours on the menu. A tailor-made menu is also available at a special price for home delivery, making it an ideal spot to consider this Ramadan. 

Details Dh75 per person; Dh65 per person for groups of 10 or more; half price for children under 12; call 06 563 7777 (ext. 570)

Panoramic restaurant, First Central Hotel Suites, Barsha Heights

Panoramic Restaurant

End your fast at this classy 30th-storey rooftop dining zone, where Dubai’s mesmerising skyline and stars will surround you. Food choices ranging from exquisite Arabian specialities to a variety of continental dishes are sure 
to satisfy to your palate.

Details Dh79 per person and Dh89 per person for iftar buffet and shisha; half price for children aged 6-12; groups of ten or more get 20 per cent off on the total bill; from sunset to 8.30pm; call 04 454 4900

Peppermill 

Peppermill

Dine like a royal at this classic venue (located in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Ras Al Khaimah) that takes you on a journey into the colonial era. Its bespoke Ramadan menu blends contemporary and modern specialities, giving a satisfying ending to your food break. 

Details Two iftar set menus, Dh95 and Dh99 respectively; sunset onwards; call 04 288 1587, 02 622 5586, 07 226 7228

Caesars restaurant and confectioneries, Garhoud

Caesars

It’s an elegant venue to be with family and friends for iftar. With options of private cabins and party rooms, treat your loved ones with a sumptuous choice of delicacies ranging from Indian, Chinese and Iranian to crescent-shaped pizzas available on order.

Details Dh83 per person; 7pm onwards; call 04 282 1960

Amici Restaurant, Novotel Suites & Ibis Dubai, Mall of the Emirates

Amici

The modern ambience of this place combined with a mouth-watering variety of traditional cuisines such as the Arabian hot meze, cheeses, dates and crudités, Arabic bread, healthy soups, traditional Ramadan beverages and sweets, makes it an ideal destination to dine with your friends and family. 

Details Dh95 per person, including Ramadan beverages;  half price for children 6-12; from sunset to 10.30pm; call 04 382 3218

The Daily, Rove Hotels

The Daily

Emaar’s budget brand — Rove City Centre, Rove Trade Centre, Rove Healthcare City and Rove Dubai Marina — ensures you to get a modern multicultural and family-friendly experience at all their venues, where exclusive iftar offerings along with some traditional Ramadan juices and lamb ouzi, will be served. Also, receive a voucher worth an additional iftar meal for every full price meal purchased, giving diners the extra pleasure to enjoy it or pass it to a loved one or a deserving person.

Details Dh99 per person; from 7pm to 10pm; Call 800 7683

Crystal Restaurant, Copthorne Hotel Dubai 

Crystal

The relaxed atmosphere of this venue and its scrumptious traditional Arabian delicacies with broad selection of Emirati and international cuisine promises to remind you of home cooked iftar moments. 

Details Dh99 per person; sunset onwards; call 04 209 4254

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