Mahec by Satish Arora
Located at Le Méridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre, this is the place to indulge in luscious Indian flavours this iftar. Chefs Satish Arora and Asif Khan’s team prepare vibrant Indian dishes that are sure to add colour to your budding food blog.
Details Sunset to 9:30pm; Dh129 per person, inclusive of Ramadan juices and water. Call 04 702 2615
Sofitel, Dubai Jumeirah Beach
Looking to taste cuisines from around the world? Sofitel is the destination for you. Enjoy Arabic, Moroccan, Turkish and other cuisines along with live entertainment.
Details Sunset to 10pm; Dh150 per person, Ramadan juices and water included. Call 04 448 4848
261, The Els Club, Dubai Sports City
Start your iftar with traditional appetisers such as moutabel, hummus and other hot and cold meze, followed by hearty main courses such as Moroccan tagine and lamb ouzi. Afterwards, lay back in the stunning terrace seating area and enjoy some delicious baklava as your children play in the kids’ area.
Details Sunset to 10pm; Dh125 per person, Dh75 for children aged 5-11 years. Call 04 425 1000
Demoiselle by Galvin, City Walk
This holy month, end your fast with a shrimp tahini cocktail or a baked halloumi and provençale salsa at the internationally acclaimed Galvin Brothers’ bistro. Seafood lovers will relish its pave of salmon, while diners with a sweet tooth will enjoy its stuffed dates and baklava.
Details Sunset to 9pm; Dh135 per person. Call 04 590 5076
Farzi Café, Dubai
Guests at MasterChef Zorawar Kalra’s Farzi Café will be served delicious pre-iftar starters such as dates, luqaimat and welcome drinks upon arrival, followed by its signature curry leaf prawns served in a coconut shell, chicken tikka pockets, cottage cheese scrambled tarts and more. For dessert, choose from the crispy kunafa nest, chenna pais or the hot rabri.
Details 7pm to 2am; Dh130 per person. Call 04 394 2556
Kenza, Ramada Downtown Dubai
The iftar buffet at Kenza will have you return for a second helping with its savoury spread of soups and salads, the succulent lamb ouzi and their live barbeque station. Here you can enjoy a breathtaking view of the Burj Khalifa and the Dubai Fountain while digging into treats from its sweets corner.
Details Sunset to 10:30pm; Dh149 per person. Call 04 303 9472
Kris with a View, Park Regis Kris Kin Hotel
Feast your eyes on the scenic Dubai skyline while enjoying a scrumptious spread comprising Arabic and international dishes. Afterwards, take advantage of the hotel’s location at the heart of Bur Dubai and explore the city’s heritage in the Bastakiya area, which is within walking distance from the venue.
Details Sunset to 11pm; Dh139 per person. Dh99 per person for groups of 30 plus. Call 04 377 1111
NAY Restaurant, Somewhere Hotels
Going somewhere for iftar? If you are, go right to NAY Lebanese restaurant in Somewhere Hotels (yes, you read that right) this Ramadan. Located in Barsha Heights, enjoy its special and delicious Ramadan iftar buffet in a cosy al fresco setting.
Details Sunset to 9:30pm; Dh139 per person. Call 04 561 0600
Burger & Lobster
Try something unconventional for iftar this Ramadan with its must try dishes such as the classic cheese burger, the popular mini lobster roll, and the half pounder lobster. Bring your meal to a close with the decadent Tres Leches cake. There are bonus treats for families and groups of up to six including lobster popcorn and the hearty lobster casserole.
Details Sunset till late; Dh149 per person. Dh995 for groups of 4 to 6. Call 04 514 8838
It’s going to be business as usual at the urban restaurant Dusty’s, but those fasting are in for a treat with a delicious iftar set menu from the restaurant comprising all your favourite Middle Eastern classics that you can enjoy while taking in the restaurant’s striking interiors.
Details Dh150 per person. Call 04 354 5435
Swissôtel Al Ghurair, Dubai
Make the most of Swissôtel’s iftar offers this Ramadan by sampling the iftar buffet at Liwan Restaurant that offers everything from mandi and lamb ouzi to chicken freekeh, all to the sound of live oriental music. If the buffet doesn’t appeal to you, dive into the lip-smacking iftar set menu at Shayan Restaurant, that serves traditional Lebanese dishes. Some of the highlights of the menu include Iranian kebab platters and faloudeh.
Details Sunset to 9pm. Iftar at Liwan: Dh139; iftar at Shayan: Dh149. Children aged 6-12 get 50% off. Kids under 6 eat for free. Call 04 293 3000
RARE, Desert Palm Dubai
Having an iftar gathering of four people or more? Book your very own cabana by the pool to enjoy the rich, Arabic, family style menu and breathe in the surrounding scenery. Alternatively, you can simply head to a lavish iftar buffet, offering traditional delicacies such as mezze, mixed grills and an assortment of desserts.
Details Dh150 per person. Children aged 5-11 years get 50% off. Call 04 323 8888
TWO at Symphony
If you’re a fan of minimalist interiors and soft pastel hues, you will thoroughly enjoy this newly christened café that opened at The Dubai Mall’s Fashion Avenue extension. With its iftar set menu prescribed for two, share pink ravioli, crispy salmon and the baby chicken with your significant other. A must try is its two date garden salad that contains mixed greens, fresh zaatar, raspberries and exotic flowers.
Details Dh129 per person. Call 04 874 8672
Sheraton Sharjah Beach Resort & Spa
Break your fast in an air-conditioned, 800 sq m glass-walled tent while enjoying entertainment including a falcon show, camel rides and a live oud performance. A lavish buffet offers bountiful options of Emirati, Indian and Lebanese, Egyptian, Jordanian, Moroccan and Western cuisines. You can also choose to eat from its live barbeque, foul and falafel stations and more.
Details Dh145 per person. Group of 10 eat at Dh130 per person. Call 06 563 0000
— The writer is an intern with Gulf News Commercial Publishing