The holy month is finally upon us and if you’re anything like us, you’re probably overwhelmed with the endless array of iftars on offer. From grand feasts in a five-star setting to intimate gatherings with family and friends, there’s plenty to choose from. But if you’re looking for something a little different this Ramadan, our selection of the finest iftars to try this season will have you covered.
Bebabel, The Dubai Mall
An extensive spread of traditional-meets-modern Lebanese treats takes over your table when it’s time to break your fast at this spectacular venue at The Dubai Mall. The swanky interiors, complete with Burj Khalifa views from floor-to-ceiling windows and the outdoor terrace, make for the perfect ambience to gather friends and family and enjoy a culinary feast.
Specials include a hearty lentil or vegetable soup, followed by platters of hot and cold mezze. But the star of the show is definitely the mains and you can take your pick from lamb with rice, siyyadieh or chicken freekeh.
AED120 per person
Andalucia, Al Habtoor Polo Resort
A lavish buffet of delectable flavours from the Middle East awaits at this stunning venue. A treat for all in the family, the spread features traditional dishes served at buffet counters and across live cooking stations.
For dessert, take your pick from a mouthwatering selection of local and international delicacies.
AED 149 per person
Crescendo, Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort
Gather your loved ones together and indulge in a special iftar buffet of Arabic and international dishes at Crescendo. Whether you choose to break your fast in the indoor dining area or outside on the spacious terrace, rest assured you’ll enjoy a memorable evening. Begin with a selection of dates and Ramadan juices followed by classic Arabic dishes such as sambusek, moutabal, mixed grills, kebabs and prawns. There’s also a shawarma station at the venue and you can keep it going with this local favourite treat. Finish on a sweet note with date pudding, Arabic sweets, kunafa and umm ali.
AED199 per person
Majlis Al Zomorud, Emerald Palace Kempinski Dubai
For iftar with a truly luxurious touch, nothing beats Emerald Palace Kempinski Dubai’s extensive spread. Retreat to Majlis Al Zomorud within the opulent surrounds of this five-star property and indulge in an extensive spread packed with traditional Middle Eastern and international treats. Stay back for suhoor and enjoy a selection of dishes from the à la carte menu and a variety of shisha flavours while a live oud player adds to the serene ambience.
AED 220 per person
Al Massa Ballroom, Sofitel Dubai Downtown
The elegant Al Massa Ballroom transforms into a contemporary majlis, reflecting the spirit of the season. Here, you can join in with friends and family and enjoy an extensive spread of delectable treats for iftar. Lining the buffet counters is everything from mixed grills served at a live cooking station to local and international dishes – think sushi, pasta and lamb with rice – for mains.
AED 175 per person
Chival, La Ville Hotel & Suites City Walk
Head to City Walk’s favourite all-day dining haunt this Ramadan for an iftar unlike any other. A specially curated menu served directly to your table awaits at Chival and you can get together with friends and family to tuck into sumptuous Middle Eastern cuisine inspired by homemade dishes from the chef’s childhood home in Syria. Enjoy traditional cold mezze with lentil soup to whet your appetite, followed by wood-fired manakish, savoury pastries and delicious mains. The little ones joining you will love the fountain pouring white and milk chocolate that you can dip into with marshmallows.
AED239 per person