Best Iftars to try in in the UAE

Because we know how much you love Iftars in the UAE.

May 25, 2017

It’s hard to zero in on the exact day that Ramadan will start, but according to UAE’s Islamic Crescents Observation Project, the last day of Shaaban will be May 26, meaning the first day of Ramadan will be May 27. 

According to Khaleej Times, working hours for private sector employees in the UAE are being shortened by two hours for the holy month of Ramadan while government employees will work from 9am to 2pm.

That leaves you with a lot of free time to use productively – like binge watch TV shows.

Of course, if you’re going to be fasting, you’ll be waiting to head to the nearest restaurants and inhale how much ever food you can.

Here are a few places worth trying.

Emirates Towers Hotel
Fair warning: we couldn’t move after we tried Hakkasan’s Iftar offerings. You start with a beverage followed by a soup. Then comes the restaurant’s famous crispy duck salad. You’ll start feeling relative full but then you’ll realise you’re not done with the appetisers when the Hakka steamed dim sum platter is placed in front of you. Your main course will include wok-fried Assam prawn with okra, Cantonese spicy chicken with rice, and stir-fried lily bulb and garlic shoot. To cap the meal off, you finish with a Mandarin mousse with almond nougatine.
Time: Sunset until 12:30am
Price: 298 per person

Seasonal Tastes
Westin, Al Habtoor City
An Iftar featuring international dishes, six live cooking stations, freshly squeezed juices from the juice bar and a nighttime market. What’s not to love?
Time: Sunset to 11:00pm
Price: 185 per person

3in1 Restaurant
Vida Downtown, Dubai
Chef James Knight-Pacheo will treat guests to Arabian-inspired dishes including a live Saje station, live Salad station and a pizza oven where guests can customise their own pizza.
Time: Sunset until 9.00pm
Price: AED 170 per person for adults; inclusive of a delectable Ramadan buffet and soft drinks/juices and Ramadan beverages. 50% off for children between 6 and 12 years old, complimentary for children below 5 years old.

Palace Downtown, Dubai
If you’re for an authentic Iftar experience, look no further than the Ramadan tent at Ewaan where the sumptuous spread extends from the terrace into the gardens.
Time: Sunset until 9pm
Price: Adult (12 years and above): AED 255 per person, inclusive of Iftar buffet, Ramadan juices and water, Hubbly bubbly – AED 100 for a single flavour and AED 110 for double flavour.
Children (aged 6 - 11 years): Enjoy 50% discount; Children (aged 5 years and below): Dine with our compliments. Children under 18 are not permitted to dine in the smoking section. Complimentary valet parking.

The Abu Dhabi Suite
St Regis, Abu Dhabi
Want to indulge in an extravagant Iftar meal? How about an intimate setting featuring up to 50 guests in a suite suspended 220-metres from the ground? The 1,120 square metre suite offers 360-degree views of the city and features a dedicated room for desserts.
Time: Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from sunset until 11pm.
Price: AED 250* per person

The Fairmont Dubai
For the first time since its launch, CATCH is celebrating the holy month. The menu features freshly hooked and cooked lobster rolls to smoking edamame and crispy Short-Rib Tacos.
Time: 7pm until 9pm
Price: AED 200 per person

Rüya Dubai
Grosvenor House Hotel
Sticking with traditions, guests will be welcomed with dates followed by a soup based on their choosing. Guests will then be offered delicately prepared cold and warm starters followed by one main course from the a la carte menu designed by Executive Chef Colin Clague, before concluding with a selection of sweet Turkish treats.
Time: Sunset until 9pm
Price: AED 195 per person

COYA Dubai
Four Seasons Resort, Dubai
During the holy month, COYA’s Executive Chef, Benjamin Wan, will serve up a sumptuous, 4-course menu that will include dates on arrival, soups, starters, main courses like Spicy beef sirloin and finally COYA Dubai’s special yearly dessert.
Time: 7pm until 8pm
Price: AED 270 per person

Constellation Ballroom
Address Dubai Marina
Apart from boasting an extensive selection of Arabic and international favourites, the Constellation Ballroom iftar will also feature Emirati dishes like Lafayef khoboz, Robyan Mashwi and desserts like Leqaimat.
Time: Sunset until 9.00pm
Price: 220 per person

JW Marriot Marquis
Sharing starters include a sweet potato hummus, vine-ripened tomatoes with dips, harira and lentil soups. Mains include roasted lamb shoulder and grilled, boneless branzino accompanied with rice. Dessert options include a strawberry cheesecake qatayef with sumac strawberry, honey syrup and pistachio.
Time: 7:30pm until midinght
Price: 220 per person

Dubai Parks and Resorts, Autograph Collection Hotels
Not only will the Polynesian-themed restaurant is putting out an Iftar buffet; there will also be a Ramadan market. 
Time: Sunset to 11:00pm
Price: 150 per person