Punjabi By Nature
Tease your tastebuds with an Iftar menu offering a variety of vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes. The buffet comprises appetisers such as paapdi chaat and bhatti da murg, main courses such as chicken tikka and fish curry and deserts such as mango shrikand and gulab jamun.
Where: Oud Metha, Opp Lamcy Plaza, Dubai
Call: 04-396 6044
Feast on a buffet of traditional Lebanese cuisine from hot and cold mezzes, timeless main dishes and Arabic dess erts, while enjoying stunning views of Dubai fountain and the Burj Khalifia.
Where: Zahr El Laymoun at Souk Al Bahar, Downtown Dubai
Call: 04-448 6060
The ‘healthiest Iftar in town’ offers 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.
Where: Rove Downtown, Zabeel 2, Downtown Dubai
Call: 04-561 9000
Enjoy an array of traditional Iftar starters including Arabic, Indian and Pakistani grilled variety with fresh fruit juices. The iftar features signature dishes like ‘Kochari’ along with cooking stations serving onion tempuras, chilli pakoras, falafel, spinach fatayer, and all-time favourites such as umm ali, basbusa, badam kheer, fruit salad and assortments of cakes and pastries.
Where: Arabian Courtyard Hotel & Spa, Bur Dubai, Dubai
Call: 04-351 9111
Choose from a vast range of appetisers such as chicken gyoza, vegetable and glass noodle spring rolls and minced beef and corn satay. Salads are made from fresh vegetables and home-made sesame honey dressing. Mains include kung pao chicken and coconut lemongrass fish curry with assorted vegetables in black bean sauce, stir fry noodles spinach and bokchoy and steamed rice/egg fried rice. Desserts such as traditional Arabic Muhallabia and llotus banana cream cheese gratin complete the meal.
Where: Al Wahda, Abu Dhabi
Call: 04-332 3308
Experience delights of Seville and Spain with a mix of Andalusian as well as Arabic options from a selection of cold and hot tapas, besides favourite mezzes. Main courses include fish tagine, mixed grill or vegetable lasagne, along with sweets and desserts.
Where: Al Manara, Opposite Times Square, Shaikh Zayed Road, Dubai
Call: 056-509 0189
Indulge in Indian specialities such as seekh kebab, chicken cutlets, aloo gobi, samosa and tandoori paneer tikka, besides soups, salads. Mains include prawn makhani, kadhai gosht and nizam’s murgh korma, paneer makhanwala, aloo gobi and pindi chana. Desserts include rasmalai, gulab jamun.
Where: Al Wahda Mall & Bawabat Asharq Mall, Abu Dhabi
Call: 04-332 3308
Indulge in an eight-course vegetarian and non-vegetarian menu providing creative takes on traditional Indian cuisine, some being fused with mainstay Arabic ingredients such as beans, garlic, lamb and katafi.
Where: Al Murooj Rotana, Al Safa Street, Downtown Dubai
Call: 04-355 9846
Break your fast in a relaxed atmosphere enhanced with Arabic artefacts and an oud player. Enjoy food from live cooking stations with Middle Eastern, Asian and European delicacies.
Where: Shaikh Zayed Road, Trade Centre Area, Dubai
Call: 04-506 9636
The menu offers a more traditional take on festive dining with everything from falafel salads to baba ganoush and pomegranate caviar, lamb ouzi and cheese fatayer. With traditional and continental options, Marta’s Kitchen’s quintessential menu is guaranteed to satiate diners.
Where: Swiss Tower, cluster Y, JLT, Dubai
Call: 04-437 6800
Families and friends can savour dinner while enjoying cultural performances from regional talent. The buffet includes Arabian delights and international dishes in an environment set by the ambient music of Khalil Ghadri.
Where: Dubai Creek Harbour
Call: 04-4507 600
The buffet boasts an extensive selection of snacks and refreshments, with an array of native Middle Eastern and International flavours along with traditional specialities, all prepared by the luxury hotel’s award-winning chefs.
Where: Al Raha Beach Hotel, Channel Street, Abu Dhabi
Call: 02-508 0555
This buffet featuring Lebanese and Armenian cuisines offers an authentic selection of dishes including soups and cold and hot appetisers. Mains include lamb, marinated and slow-cooked to perfection. Oriental sweets and fresh fruit complete the meal.
Where: Sofitel Dubai Downtown, Dubai
Call: 04-338 7772
Relish hot and cold mezze, slow roasted lamb ouzi with oriental rice and Arabic sweets and desserts. Arabian oud will be played through the evening, as diners feast.
Where: Le Méridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre, Dubai
Call: 04 702 2455
Entice your taste buds with an Italian dinner offering a set menu with a mix of Ramadan specialities and Italian flavours. The restaurant provides the ideal service and relaxed environment for families and groups.
Where: Millennium Airport Hotel Dubai
Call: 04-702 8888
Al Hosn Ballroom
The lavish buffet includes live-cooking stations and grand dessert buffet.
Where: Sheraton Sharjah Beach Resort & Spa, Al Muntazah Street, Sharjah
Call: 06-599 0088
Experience history, culture and culinary excellence in the largest and most innovative ballroom in the UAE. It features a grand buffet serving traditional Middle Eastern cuisine, international dishes, and exciting live cooking stations featuring special guest chefs.
Where: Grand Hyatt Hotel, Dubai
Call: 04-317 2221
Enjoy a relaxed fine-dining experience with stunning views of Dubai Marina. Marina Social serves signature dishes every day of the week for Ramadan.
Price: Dh150 (two-course set menu), Dh195 (three-course meal)
Where: InterContinental Dubai Marina, Dubai
Call: 04-446 6664
This Ottoman inspired luxury Turkish restaurant offers a unique blend of culinary options, including a hearty selection of traditional Anatolian delights served as a set-menu.
Where: Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, Crescent Road, The Palm Jumeirah, Dubai
Call: 04-453 0444
Relax at this restaurant overlooking Dubai Water Canal as chefs present a new menu every day. The thoughtfully crafted menus are packed with scrumptious delicacies.
Where: Steigenberger Hotel Business Bay, Dubai
Call: 04-369 0000
Experience the spirit of Ramadan amid a backdrop of 88 Arabic lanterns. The exceptional dinner is inspired by Ibn Battuta’s travels through India, Italy, Morocco and Asia and is accompanied by the sounds of the traditional oud.
Where: Mövenpick Ibn Battuta Gate Hotel, Dubai
Call: 04-444 0000
Indulge in unforgettable memories and delicious food when you enjoy an Arabic and International buffet. Buffet includes hot and cold mezze salads, meat and vegetarian grills.
Where: Bonnington Jumeirah Lakes Towers, Dubai
Call: 04-356 0000
Choose from five unique buffet menus with each buffet spread featuring appetisers such as chicken tikka, mutton kanati, seekh kabab, chicken samosa with a separate salad station. The main course features mutton masala, sabz makhani, dhaba mutton, chicken kadai and a selection of desserts. Children between 6 and 12 years are entitled to a 50 per cent discount and those below 6 dine for free.
Where: Sheraton Dubai Creek Hotel & Towers, Garhoud, Dubai
Call: 04-228 1111
The extensive menu comprises starters, soups, fruits, juices, Arabic and international specialities. Located in JBR, the restaurant offers spectacular views.
Where: The Walk Jumeirah Beach Residence Dubai
Call: 04-452 2209
The buffet features Lebanese, Egyptian and Emirati cuisines in a unique decor made of Arabic lanterns, date displays and traditional fabrics. With a lavish menu changing daily, guests discover new flavours and interact with chefs showcasing their creative flair at the live stations.
Where: Tilal Liwa Hotel, Al-Gharbiya, Madinat Zayed, Abu Dhabi
Call: 02-508 0555
Experience traditional gastronomic heritage from North Africa, adapted by the minds at INKED with their latest pop up dining experience. Iftar will be served every Thursday, Friday and Saturday during Ramadan.
Where: Alserkal Avenue, unit 57, Al Quoz, Dubai
Call: 04-344 1788
Savour authentic Middle Eastern flavours with an extensive menu of traditional delicacies, desserts, juices, Arabic coffee and Moroccan tea. The buffet features international and traditional Arabic specialities.
Price: Dh240 adults
Where: Address Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai
Call: 04 438 8888
Traditional in theme and lavish in diversity, the buffet features Arabic and International favourites, live stations, authentic sweets and desserts, and juices. As a special treat, chefs will also present authentic Emirati dishes such as lafayef khoboz falazi, robyan mashwi, tekat deyay and desserts such as luqaimat.
Where: Address Dubai Marina, Dubai
Call: 04 436 7777
Feast yourself to a lavish dinner with starters like guacamole and crocantes, beetroot causas, edamames and avocado makis, to signature salads including the corn salad and fresh spinach salad. The vast mains selection includes a meaty spicy beef sirloin, vegetarian papa mushroom (mushroom and potato hotpot), among others .
Where: Four Seasons Resort, Jumeirah Beach Road, Dubai
Call: 04-316 9600
Immerse in a celebratory ambience and buffet-style iftar serving classic continental dishes infused with traditional Arabic flavours perfectly paired with fresh juices.
Where: St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi
Call: 02-498 8888
– Elizabeth Scaria, Intern