Ramadan 2015: Exciting Iftars to Try

During the month of Ramadan, in case you didn’t know, Muslims fast from sun up to sun down, at sunset Iftar begins, a ritual breaking of the fast with dates and water followed by a meal. While this is often a family affair Dubai also plays host to some of the most amazing and beautiful Iftars you can find, so I have decided to gather together a list of some of the more exciting ones happening this year:


Downtown Dubai

This vegan and raw restaurant in Gallaries Lafayette is serving up healthy dishes, raw, vegan friendly and chemical-free. A good one for those taking part in the Middle Eats Vegan Challenge!


Sunset to 9.30pm


Al Manara

A family friendly iftar, buffet for the grown-ups and for the little ones, build your own burgers, pizzas, hotdogs and sundaes.


Sunset to 10pm

City Cafe

Citymax Hotel Bur Dubai

This Bur Dubai eatery is offering a selection of Arabic influenced dishes as well as International offerings, they also have a whole host of discounts and offers available to their Iftar dinners. If your party is made up of four or more people one person will eat for free, additionally guests will also receive vouchers for other activities in the hotel.


Sunset to 11pm

The Courtyard

Manzil Downtown

Set in an Arabian themed outdoor garden along with live performances of traditional dances and shisha this traditional buffet features special Ramadan beverages and dishes.


Sunset to 10pm

Al Dawaar

Hyatt Regency, Deira

Why not enjoy Iftar in the only revolving restaurant in Dubai. This classic eatery offers amazing views of the ocean and the creek as well as a traditional buffet with all of your Ramadan favourites.


Sunset to 9pm

Cravin’ Cajun

Novotel Al Barsha

Why not break your fast Creole style? What about chicken and waffles, mac ‘n’ cheese or even jambalaya? It’s not quite your standard Iftar but this buffet changes every day, offering new and exciting dishes. Also if you’re in a group of 10 or more people they will knock 20Dhs off each dinner’s bill.


Sunset to 11pm


H Hotel

This new upscale eatery will be serving up it’s first Iftar this year, but they will be doing things a little bit differently. Taking 7 regional cuisines and spreading them out over the week they will have dishes from Syria, Iran and some traditional Emirati fare. There is also a small art exhibit set up comprised of artifacts of cultural significance which were once owned by a Saudi princess. Call ahead to find out what cuisine is being served on the night you plan to visit and break your fast in this cultural hub.


Sunset to 8.30pm

Tom & Serg

Al-Joud Centre, Al Quoz

Not your traditional Iftar meal. Tom & Serg are going in a whole different direction with their “Rule the Roast” menu, serving up full roast dinners every night, complete with all the trimmings!


From 7pm

Al Majils

The Oberoi

Supporting local farmers this Ramadan, using only organic and locally sourced produce this menu consists of Arabic and International dishes served on a buffet along with molecular gastronomy and live cooking stations. Aside from the food there is also live entertainment and a henna artist as well as a chance to shop at a spice souk and send the kids to play in a children’s play area.


Sunset to 1.30am

Ramadan Majlis

Ritz-Carlton, DIFC

The ballroom becomes a beautiful majlis this Ramadan serving up exciting dishes such as Arabic sushi and savory ice cream including hummus and tahini.


Sunset to 9pm

Do you know of any other exciting Iftars in the city? Leave a comment and let me know so that I can add it to the list and share the experience.

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