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Ramadan 2017: 10 alternative Iftars to try in the UAE

If you are looking for something slightly different from the usual, try an alternative iftar

Image Credit: Ramadan Nights by Dish

Alternative Ramadan nights

1. Ramadan Nights by Dish,  Warehouse 4

A creative pop-up Iftar experience in the cool and quirky Al Quoz. After finding Warehouse 4 in Al Qouz, walk down a garden lane to find a red door. Once inside you will discover a 6-meter high wall of lights and a contemporary Arabic feast. The warehouse space will be hosting their Ramadan Nights catered by Dish.The 3 course iftar will include signature dishes such as green olive hummus, torn falafel salad, charcoal chicken and the signature slow braised shoulder of lamb in Middle-eastern spices. Choose from intimate candle lit tables for two or large family style share tables. Our favourite alternative iftar!

Location Warehouse Four, Al Quoz Timings 7 pm until 9:30 pm Cost Dh195 per person Contact +971 56 128 3247

2. Folly by Nick and Scott

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Have a chance to get an up-close view of your meal being prepared at the eight seater open kitchen at folly by Nick and Scott. Or you can also choose to enjoy the views of the Burj Al Arab as you eat. Moving away from traditional three course meals, it allows you a chance to be more adventurous this Ramadan. With conveniently sized and flavorful meals, the food is ideal to share with friends and family during Ramadan.

Location Madinat Jumeirah Cost A La carte Timings 5.00pm-11.00pm Contact 04 4308535

3. Tom and Serg

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Back again with yet another Ramadan affair, Tom & Serg presents a food battle between its two most infamous events – Return of the Ramen and Rule the Roast. This year, Tom & Serg will have a Ramen vs. Roast for Iftar. For Dh100, guests can enjoy a starter and main course. So… are you Ramen or are you Roast?

Location Tom & Serg 15a Street, Outside Al-Joud Center Al Quoz Cost Dh100 per person Timings Daily from 7pm to 10pm Contact 056 4746812

4. Sho Cho 


Japanese Restaurant Sho Cho will be putting their own original spin on Ramadan at Abu Dhabi's Qarayat al Beri overlooking the gulf coast and the souk’s private yacht marina. Those looking for a different take on the usual Iftar buffet feasts can enjoy a beautifully presented bento box from a choice of two set menu options. Choices include miso soup, Sho Cho salads, signature appetizers, tempura, sushi, sashimi, and array of pan Asian inspired main dishes and ice cream or sorbet to end on a sweet note.    

Location Qarayat al Beri, Abu Dhabi Cost From Dh105 to Dh125 per Bento Box Timings 12pm to 1am Contact 02 5581117

5. Russo’s New York Pizzeria

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Break your fast with wholesome pizza instead of the traditional fare. Choose a pizza that is small or one that can feed 10 people; also try their extras such as the ‘mozzarella fritti’, ‘calamari fritti’, and fluffy ‘focaccia’.

Location Jumeirah street, Dubai Cost Dh45 for one (Pizza and salad); Dh75 for two (Medium pizza and salad); Dh135 for four (2 pizzas and salads); Dh195 for six (2 large pizzas and salad); Dh355 for 10 people (2 giant pizzas, sides, bread, dips) All meals are served with soup, dates and water or soft beverages Timings Daily from sunset onwards Contact 04 3856549

6. Nikki Beach

Yes, you read that right. Nikki Beach will host Iftar as well. Nikki Privé on level one of Nikki Beach Dubai, will serve up internationally-inspired cuisine, signature Nikki-style Mocktails and shisha will be available on the terrace for corporate bookings only.

Location Nikki Beach, Dubai Cost Dh195 Timings Daily from sunset to 10pm Contact 04 3766162

7. Eggspectation

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It hosts a special set menu this Ramadan, where you can treat yourself to one starter, one main course and one dessert from the menu. These dishes include poutine, tacos, peri-peri chicken cassolutet, garlic and parmesan sauteed prawns. You can choose between any of the desserts, like choco banana crepes, s’mores French toast and a bowl of fruit.

Location The Beach, JBR, Dubai Cost Dh95 per person Timings From 7am to midnight Contact 04 4307252

8. The Daily, Rove Hotels

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As UAE residents observe the Holy Month of Ramadan, Rove Downtown will be taking guests on an exciting culinary journey with the ‘healthiest Iftar in town’ at The Daily Downtown. At The Daily in Rove Downtown, you get to choose from a broad menu of healthy options including fresh juices, a salad bar or healthy salad options and tasty main courses. Go for the quinoa, sesame seed and dried apricot or alternatively try lentil soup and choose a healthy mixed grill for your main course.

Location Rove Downtown, Rove City Centre and Rove Healthcare City Cost Dh99 per person, children over six years Dh49 and free for children under six Timings Daily from 6.30pm to 9.30pm

9. Tub of Butter

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At Tub of Butter, celebrate Ramadan with a three-course set menu, including a variety of dishes like curried cauliflower soup, roasted figs, spiced fish with saffron-infused rice, and date truffles with fresh fruit in rosewater. You can also shop at the pop-up Ramadan night market and customizing a gift hamper for family and friends.

Location Al Thanya Street, Sheikh Zayed Road Cost Dh 120 per person Timings From sunset to 9pm Contact 04 3438884

10. Cavalli Restaurant

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Cavalli Restaurant opens this Ramadan with an unlimited Iftar buffet featuring signature Italian dishes as well as soft drinks. Shisha is available from 8pm onwards. The a la carte menu includes popular dishes such as wagu beef gyoza, risotto and the chocolate surprise.

Location Cavalli Club, Fairmont Dubai Cost Dh299 per person Timings Daily, 6:30pm to 3am Contact 04 3468353