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5 Ramadan iftars to try in Dubai

Words by Lucy Land

A selection of our favourite Dubai-based iftars that you should check out this Ramadan.



Meydan Ramadan Tent

For traditional Arabic favourites in elegant surroundings, head to this five-star hotel located next to the famous Meydan horse racing track.


You’ll find six cooking stations offering the likes of lamb ouzi and mixed Arabic mezze, as well as international flavours, including Italian, Japanese and Indian. Save room for the classic Arabic puddings, such as umm ali, cheese kunafa, and the signature Meydan Qamar Al Dain Muhalbyia.


Location: The Meydan Hotel, Nad Al Sheba
AED 199 per person
Tel: +9714 381 3333


Al Fanous Lounge at Dubai Ballroom

Step into opulent surroundings for this iftar. The ballroom transforms during Ramadan, with jewel tones, Oriental carpets and an oud player adding to the ambiance.


There’s plenty of choice, including soups, salads, sushi and hot mezzeh, with international mains. These include Indian, European and Arabic, plus a wide choice of desserts, from tarts, pies and fresh fruit to a selection of dates and a Turkish ice-cream station.


Location: JW Marriott Marquis Dubai
Price: AED 199 per person
+9714 414 0000



The Restaurant

iftar food at The Restaurant at Address Downtown, Dubai.

This is a perfect spot to gather friends and family. Designed like an elegant apartment, The Restaurant at Address Downtown offers private spaces and is light and modern.


It also boasts stunning Burj Khalifa and hotel garden views. Come here to enjoy an Arabic buffet and a family-friendly vibe.


Location: Address Downtown, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Blvd
Price: AED 235 per person
+9714 436 8888


Asateer Tent

A perennial favourite, this Ramadan experience features glittering lights and plenty of live entertainment with traditional Arabic music and Sufi whirling during our visit.


A wide range of buffet dishes are on offer, such as lamb kebbeh, a shawarma station and an Arabic mixed grill. There are also delicacies from Gordon Ramsay’s famous Bread Street Kitchen.


You’re spoilt for choice when it comes to desserts. There are ten stations that include live Arabic sweet-making, a chocolate fountain and a macaroon-adorned palm tree and camel decorations.


Location: Atlantis, The Palm
AED 220 per person
+9714 426 2000



Hakkasan interior shot of empty tables.

For an alternative take, this award-winning Cantonese restaurant is offering a four-course iftar set menu in its intimate setting. There’s plenty of choice among the generously sized dishes, combined with fantastic service.


Starting with a light mushroom soup, it’s followed by the restaurant’s signature Peking duck, a platter of dim sum, and dishes chosen especially for the occasion. Desserts include vanilla and date ice-cream, plus traditional Arabic sweets.


Location: Atlantis, The Palm
AED 288 per person
+9714 426 2000

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