Top Iftar and Suhoor offers to try in the UAE
Here's a round up of some of the must-visit places to to break your fast this holy month
Feast, Sheraton Grand, Dubai
The Iftar buffet will serve both traditional Middle Eastern dishes and International cuisines. The spread will include an array of choice, from Far Eastern delicacies to European favourites. The restaurant will also serve a sumptuous selection of Arabic dishes, including baba ghanoush, beetroot labneh, muhammara, and other specialities, complemented by fresh juices. Desserts will include a selection of tiramisu, rose crème caramel and assorted Arabic delights.
INFO: From sunset until 11pm, Dh210 per person, 045034444
Aseelah, Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Deira Creek
The hotel's Royal Iftar will be held at the second floor restaurants, and a huge spread is available where guests can choose from an array of delicious dishes.
INFO: Dh169 per person for buffet and soft drinks including Ramadan juices, from sunset, 04 205 7033
Savour an intimate Iftar at the restaurant's idyllic setting where you can soak in views of mangrove forests, the creek and the Al Zorah Golf Course. In addition to a selection of small dishes perfect for sharing, the meal will include traditional Ramadan drinks, dates, yoghurt cooler and a healthy soup.
INFO: Dh250 for two people, 6.30pm to 1am, 06 573 3109
Nosh, Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Lakes Tower
Offering a blend of Mediterranean and International delicacies, some of the buffet's highlights include live cooking stations, ouzi, Arabic grills, shawarma and saj stations paired with Ramadan juices, and desserts such as Kunafa and Umm Ali. Plus, diners have the chance to win a round-trip ticket and a two-night stay in Mövenpick Hotel Mansour Eddahbi & Palais des Congrès Marrakech for two people.
INFO: Dh130 per person, from sunset to 10.30pm. Kids under six dine free while children aged seven to 12 years old get 50 per cent discount, 04 438 0000
Layali Zaman, Le Meridien Dubai
Gather your friends and family in the relaxed Layali Zaman Majlis within the Falcon Ballroom. The venue includes an array of interactive cooking stations, preparing delicious traditional Arabic and International favourites, as well as a lavish buffet spread that includes over 100 dishes. Traditional Middle Eastern specialities such as hot and cold mezze, slow roasted lamb ouzi with oriental rice and tasty Arabic sweets and desserts are all on the menu.
INFO: Packages start from Dh165, inclusive of Arabic juices and Dh85 for children aged from six to 12 years old, sunset until 8.30pm 04 702 2618
Al Fanous at Dubai Ballroom, JW Marriott Marquis Dubai
Indulge in a memorable Iftar experience in Al Fanous, the opulent Ramadan lounge at the iconic Dubai Ballroom, accompanied by the soulful rhythms of live Oud players. À la carte menu for Suhoor is available.
INFO: Dh199 per person, from sunset to 8.30pm, children below six years old dine complimentary (maximum of two kids with two full paying adults). Suhoor from 9pm to 3am, 04 414 0000
Asateer Tent, Atlantis The Palm
Head to this popular venue to experience the authentic ambience where glittering lights, oriental entertainment and a wide array of buffet dishes and traditional delicacies at Iftar awaits you.
INFO: Dh210 per person including water and Ramadan juices, sunset to 8:30pm, Suhoor from 9.45pm to 2.30am, Dh160 per person, 04 426 0376
Medley Restaurant, Pullman Dubai Creek City Centre
At the restaurant you can break your fast with with dates and crudités, Arabic breads with dipping oils, olives and traditional Ramadan juices at your table. The buffet includes a range of curries, hot mezze, cheeses and pickles to a variety of salads, soups and lamb ouzi.
INFO: Dh175, 7pm to 9pm, Dh70 for children aged between six to 12, 04 294 1222
Lagoon, Copthorne Hotel Sharjah
The restaurant is offering a buffet filled with oriental delicacies and a selection of delicious Ramadan beverages.
INFO: Dh99 per person, the hotel is offering a 10 per cent discount for groups above 20 guests, sunset till 8pm, while kids below 12 years old pay half price, 06 593 0555
The Terrace on the Corniche, Abu Dhabi
This Iftar is serving traditional Arabic cuisine served from live stations. Get your friends and family together to enjoy authentic favourites such as Lamb Tagine, Chicken Ferrkeh and Mahshi, as well as an array of delectable sweets from a dedicated dessert room.
INFO: The St. Regis Abu Dhabi, Dh180 per person, sunset till 11pm, 02 694 4553
Azur, Raffles Dubai
The restaurant is serving a sumptuous array of authentic Iftar dishes including hot and cold mezze, fresh salads, lamb ouzi and Arabic mixed grills, as well as dedicated shawarma, manakish, soup and carving stations. For dessert, sample an array of Arabic sweet delicacies including Umm Ali, Kunafa and sticky date pudding. A designated beverage station is serving a range of classic Ramadan juices such as tamarind, qamar al deen and jallab.
INFO: Dh195 per person inclusive of Ramadan juices, soft drinks, coffee and tea. Children under the age of six dine for free (per two paying adults) and children aged six to 12 are priced at Dh98, from sunset until 9pm, 04 324 8888
Maarid, Hilton Ras Al Khaimah Resort and Spa
True to the spirit of sharing, the restaurant will be serving up a buffet full of traditional dishes infused with a contemporary twist for all to enjoy.
INFO: Dh160, from sunset, 056 990 7526
Flavours of the world at Royal Continental Hotel
Oasis Restaurant, located in the Royal Continental Hotel, Deira, will offer a daily Iftar buffet with a wide variety of delicious delicacies.
Guests can start by breaking their fast with dry apricots and Karasya dates and sample authentic Ramadan beverages such as Jallab, Kamrudeen, Tamarind and Sobia, along with fruit juices. For starters, you can choose from cold appetisers such as hummus, babaganoush, green salad, cauliflower salad, vine leaves, and Chicken Caesar salad, among others. Hot appetisers include a selection of kibbeh, mutton samosa, cheese spring rolls, as well as vermicelli soup or cream of mushroom soup.
While the main course includes an array of international as well as local specialities such as lamb ouzi, almond fried fish, shish tawook, steam garden vegetables, paprika potato, among others, which will cater to the taste buds of the whole family. You can end the meal on a sweet note by sampling desserts such as Umm Ali, assorted French pastries, a mix of Arabic sweets, and fresh fruits.
INFO: Iftar is priced at Dh99, from sunset until 8.30 pm. One person out of a group of 10 people can dine complimentary. Call 04-2035000 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Raviz Center Point Hotel
Award-winning Raviz Center Point Hotel, Bur Dubai, is offering guests a variety of international specialities in its popular Iftar Buffet at Taste Restaurant, set on the mezzanine floor of the hotel.
The buffet offers a wide assortment of soups, salads, starters, grills, main courses, curries, biryanis, and
desserts from Arabic, Indian, Continental, Thai, Chinese and Italian cuisine.
INFO: The buffet at Taste Restaurant is priced at Dh65; located on Khalid Bin Al Waleed Street near Bur Juman; 04-388777
Olea, St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi
The Mediterranean-inspired Olea restaurant offers panoramic views of the ocean. Here diners can enjoy a buffet-style Iftar, serving classic continental dishes, infused with traditional Arabic flavours, paired with fresh juices.
INFO: From sunset to 9pm, Dh220 per adult, Dh110 for children aged six to 12, children under the age of 5 can eat for free, 02498 8888
Sheraton Sharjah Beach Resort & Spa
Enjoy a lavish Iftar buffet at the hotel's Al Hosn Grand Ballroom that has been decorated in the spirit of the month. The offerings include live-cooking stations and a grand dessert buffet. For those looking for Suhoor options, the restaurant's Al Mahatta Lounge is offering a set menu for the whole family to enjoy.
INFO: Al Hosn Ballroom is open from sunset and is priced at Dh129 per person, Al Mahatta is open from 12am to 4am, set Menu costs Dh85 per person, 065990088
The restaurant is has launched a new deal where you can tuck into one of their newly launched sandwiches with either a Coke Life or a tub of Haagen Daz ice cream for Dh25. Freedom Pizza is renowned for using multigrain pizza dough for the base, and is a perfect choice for those looking for a Vegan, Vegetarian or Gluten free options.
Demoiselle by Galvin, City Walk
This restaurant is offering a specially tailored menu for Iftar that features savoury mezzes, followed by soup and a robust main course platter. Ending the evening on a sweet note, guests are presented a delicious selection of desserts.
They are also hosting Suhoor Tea Nights, an evening rendition of the afternoon tradition. The menu includes highlights such as the crispy flat bread, harissa chicken, yogurt and coriander and toasted sesame beignet with date syrup.
INFO: Iftar from sunset to 9pm, Dh139 per person, Suhoor Tea Nights, 9pm to 2am on weekdays and till 3am on weekends, Dh85 per person, 045905076
Ritz-Carlton DIFC Ramadan Majlis
The DIFC Ramadan Majlis is returning this year and is offering a family-friendly feast that offers live cooking stations, authentic dishes and traditional flavours. The highlights include lamb harris, classic cheese shanklish and mixed Lebanese grill, along with a selection of mouth-watering traditional Turkish cuisine. The chefs are also putting a twist on traditional favourites, including the hotel's famous Arabian sushi station, hummus fountain and falafel waffle, alongside a new Arabic Bouza.
INFO: From sunset to 8.30pm, Dh215 per adult, Dh107 for children aged six to 12, children below six dine for free. They have a weekend offer, on Friday and Saturday only, where for every paying Iftar, you receive one complimentary, Suhoor from 9.30pm to 2am. Dh75 minimum spend per person, 043722323
Al Raha Beach Hotel, Abu Dhabi
The hotel is located in the heart of the UAE's capital and is offering a sumptuous spread of Iftar and Suhoor delights. Their Iftar buffet features traditional Arabic cuisine with touches of European, Mediterranean and Asian influences at the Sevilla Restaurant boasting an elegant outdoor terrace. For Suhoor you can head to the La Piscine poolside restaurant's beautiful Gazebos that are set amongst lush tropical greenery.
INFO: From sunset, Dh216 inclusive of water and freshly prepared Ramadan juices, Suhoor from Dh360 for two people, including hubbly bubbly, Arabic sweets and Moroccan tea, 025080555
Ramadan Nights at Dubai Creek Harbour
Set against unparalleled views of the Dubai skyline, Ramadan Nights at RISE - Dubai Creek Harbour is offering a unique dining experience, where families and friends can get together for Iftar and Suhoor, while enjoying a host of cultural performances. Here you can savour in the flavours of a sumptuous buffet, with an array of Arabian delights, accompanied by a selection of international dishes. You can also take part in a variety of workshops, from making Eid Cards and Ramadan gift hampers to learning how to create Islamic geometric patterns; book readings for children, board games for adults and curated pop-up store featuring home décor, accessories, gifts and fashion.
INFO: Iftar Dh140, through to Suhoor Dh125, from sunset to 2am on weekdays, and 3am on weekends
Great British Restaurant, Dukes Dubai, Palm Jumeirah
The restaurant is offering both Iftar and Suhoor, with a live oud player enhancing the authentic ambience. The cooking stations offer a selection of delicious dishes including healthy salads, hearty soups and Arabic mezze. For the main course they are offering traditional Arabic dishes, such as stuffed chicken with coriander mousse, Arabic mixed grill and Kibbeh Bil Laban and lamb ouzi. Those with a sweet tooth can choose from a variety of desserts such as Amar Al Din pudding, Umm Ali and baklava, as well salted caramel tart and blueberry cheesecake and fresh fruits, among others. Suhoor is served à la carte and features delicious options such as soup, hot and cold mezze and other tasty finger foods including grilled halloumi, falafel platter and fried calamari.
INFO: Iftar will be served from sunset until 9pm, Dh175 per person including soft beverages, Suhoor is served from 9.30pm to 2.30am, 044551111
Tastes of the World Iftar, InterContinental Dubai Festival City
With eight live cooking stations modelled on the eight points of the star anise, along with an extensive international buffet, Anise restaurant delivers a sensory dining experience to remember. This Ramadan, head here with your family and friends to sample the finest selection of traditional Arabian and International culinary offerings in a contemporary ambiance.
INFO: Sunset to 10 pm, Dh215 per person including Ramadan juices, tea, coffee and soft beverages
Al Marjan Ramadan Tent by RAKTDA, Ras Al Khaimah
Al Marjan Ramadan Tent by RAKTDA, catered by Al Wadi Desert, Ras Al Khaimah, a Ritz-Carlton partner hotel, is offering guests with truly authentic Arabian Iftar and Suhoor experiences, with live Arabian music and sumptuous Arabesque fare prepared by Executive Chef Ludovic Garnier.
INFO: Iftar, daily from sunset until 8.30pm, Dh150, Suhour, daily from 9.30pm until 1am on weekdays, and 2am on weekends, offered on an a la carte basis with a minimum spend of Dh100 on weekdays and Dh130, 07-2067675
Iftar review: Jood Palace Hotel
With its splendid buffet of delicious delicacies and a sprawling dining area, Jood Palace Hotel is the ideal place for a family Iftar this season. The hotel is hosting a daily Iftar at their lobby throughout the Holy month.
Upon entering the venue we were greeted to opulent surroundings and experienced the warmth of Arabian hospitality. There is a selection of dates on the table to break fast with and a variety of Ramadan beverages such as Jallab and Tamarind at hand to quench thirst.
The buffet has a wide spread of cold appetisers that includes Greek potato salad, moutabal, muhammara, and more. The highlight is definitely the hummus rainbow that has different varieties such as a melt-in-your-mouth beetroot, tangy red pepper and zesty green basil hummus. The hot appetisers include a range of tasty kibbeh, rice balls made with creamy risotto and crunchy veggie spring rolls, among others.
The venue has Egyptian live stations offering mouth-watering traditional flavours such as Fiteer and Koshari that are cooked in clay pots, along with a shawarma stand, where you can tuck into the popular street food.
Mains include authentic treats such as the flavourful lamb ouzi and the Arabic mix grill that has a selection of grilled chicken and lamb skewers. The fragrant Ananas Murgh Biryani that has pieces of pineapple in the classic dish is an instant hit. International fare such as the velvety macaroni and cheese casserole were a treat for the senses.
Dessert lovers will love the decadent spread at hand. Everything right from Arabic sweets and red velvet cake to raspberry cream cheese tart makes for a fun end to the feast.
INFO: The buffet is priced at Dh139, 36-A street off Al Rigga Road, Deira; 04-2113085.