Ramadan 2018 Iftar Guide

Ramadan is a beautiful time of the year here in the UAE. It is when the whole country and its people including us expatriates embrace the spirit of the season. 

During this period, our Muslim brothers abstain from eating or drinking from dusk till dawn. They wait until sunset to break their fast. Traditionally, fast is broken by eating 3 dates and some water. Followed by a prayer called Maghrib. Only then iftar commenced. Iftar is the meal shared with family and friends after a long day of fasting. It is a meal either prepared at home or savored at many restaurants around town offering Ramadan buffet. 

Local families prepare a big meal for Iftar to share with the relatives and friends they invited over. One of the best ways to truly feel Ramadan is to join and have an Iftar meal whether it is in the comfort of a friends home or go out. But before you go, you may want to check first where to go.

Just make sure to book ahead of time.

Here's a list of restaurants in random order (both lavish and budget-friendly) offering Ramadan Iftars around Dubai. 

1. Swiss Hotel 
Liwan Restaurant

Iftar buffet for AED 139 per person, including soft beverages, with Live Oriental music.
Settle down and unwind over Suhour starting from AED 69 per person, with a wide variety of traditional shisha flavors at Liwan Terrace.

Lebanese and Persian themed Iftar set menu for AED 149 per person.

Reservations Phone: 04 293 3000 Email: FoodandBeverage@swissotel.com


2. Pullman Deira Creek 
Medley Restaurant

When the sun sets, Master Chef Mama and her team embrace the Holy Month with a variety of exceptional experiences of authentic Arabic dishes combined with her famous Moroccan twist. Batoul Jarmourne also known as “Chef Mama”, was born in 1947 and worked with Princess Lalla Amina in the late 80’s. She personally serves guests and welcomes them throughout the day with the biggest of smiles, carrying the bittersweet nostalgia of a real home-cooking.

Iftar buffet at AED 189 for adults | AED 89 for kids | Free entrance for kids under 6 yrs old
From 7 – 11pm at Medley Restaurant

Suhoor buffet at AED 79 for adults | AED 40 for kids
From 1 – 4am at Medley Restaurant
Corporate & Banquet above 25 persons
Let our dedicated banquet team create an unforgettable Iftar experience!
Book until May 15th and enjoy an Early Bird offer for only AED 119 per person!

To book, please call +971 4 294 1222 or email h2022-sb@accor.com


3. Steigenberger Hotel Business Bay
Bayside Restaurant & Terrace

Steigenberger Hotel Business Bay warmly invites guests to share in the breaking of fast with loved ones in the relaxed and picturesque setting of Bayside Restaurant & Terrace, overlooking the calm waters of the Dubai Water Canal.

Offering a lavish spread of traditional Arabic favorites along with delicious international fare, the hotel’s new Iftar menu is good for every day of the week, and is served from sunset till 10:30pm, at AED 195 per person.

Suhoor will be served at the same venue from 12:00am to 4am, and guests can enjoy the evening under summer skies, with a large selection of shisha on offer.

The hotel also accommodates larger groups with menus starting at AED 165 p.p. For bookings booked and confirmed before 10th May an additional 20% discount will be offered.

For more information and bookings, call +971 4 369 0000 or email res.bb.dxb@steigenberger.com


4. Lapita Hotel 
 Kalea Restaurant

Experience a blend of traditional and innovative dishes at the international iftar buffet with the Polynesian and Arabic-themed décor and family-friendly ambiance of Kalea.

For younger guests, a special kids’ buffet will be available with a wide selection of dishes including breaded chicken escalope, grilled fish with lime and cantaloupe salsa and macaroni and cheese.

Iftar will be available every day throughout the holy month of Ramadan from sunset to 11:00 pm.

AED 160 per person with soft beverages and Ramadan juices
AED 75 per child from 4 to 12 years old

Including complimentary access to the Luna & Nova Kids and Teens Club from sunset to 10:00pm

For reservations 04 810 9999


5. Arjaan by Rotana
Cilantro Restaurant 

Join us at the beautiful Cilantro this Ramadan with family and friends to enjoy a wide selection of traditional favorites, along with a choice of Arabic beverages, juices, and desserts for only AED 146* per person. 

You can also participate in a daily draw to win an Iftar buffet for two and weekly draw to win a one night stay, inclusive of buffet breakfast.

Come as a group of 8 adults or more to avail our special offer of AED 94*. Children are welcome too and will enjoy the Iftar buffet for only AED 58*.

For reservations and more information please click here.


6. Layali Al Murooj Ramadan Tent 
Layali Al Murooj Ramadan Tent-Pergolas

Awaiting guests this Ramadan at the RODA Al Murooj is the essence of true Emirati hospitality in the relaxed setting of the Pergolas restaurant. Diners will be able to enjoy the finest Arabic cuisine with live cooking stations as well as a variety of international dishes.

Bring your friends and family to enjoy an extensive Iftar buffet for AED 195 including Ramadan Juices.

Suhoor in Layali Al Murooj tent
Enjoy special a la carte Ramadan delights with live Oud music along with large screens to spend your long Ramadan nights in style.

For bookings please call: +971 4 321 1111


7. Asateer Tent Atlantis The Palm
Asateer Ramadan Tent

Enjoy the ultimate Ramadan experience at the iconic Asateer tent where glittering lights, oriental entertainment and a wide array of buffet dishes and traditional delicacies at Iftar awaits you.

Iftar Buffet:
AED 220 per person including water and Ramadan juices
Dress code is conservative, no shorts allowed
Non-smoking during Iftar

For booking please call +971 4 426 0800 or email: asateer@atlantisthepalm.com


8. Sikka Cafe City Walk 
Sikka Café

Sikka café is known for its warm and welcoming ambiance, accompanied by authentic Emirati décor. The menu offers Arabic, Indian and Iranian cuisine. Their famous dishes include Mezze Felafel, Shakshouka and Karak Chai.

If you’re looking for the perfect place to break your fast with your near and dear ones this Iftar, Sikka Café will be serving a special Iftar every day, from sunset onwards, for just AED 99 per head.

Sikka Café is a must visit for a cozy get together this Ramadan.


9. Villa Rotana 
Moka Cafe

Join us this Holy Month of Ramadan and share blessings with family and friends with the perfect dining experience at Villa Rotana. Enjoy a traditional Iftar buffet at Moka Cafe from sunset till 11:00pm for only AED 139* per person. Take advantage of our group offer at AED 99* per person

For bookings of 8 and above. +971 4 321 6111


10. Jumeirah Rotana 
Olive Oil

Come together this Ramadan at Jumeira Rotana and enjoy our Iftar buffet offer with both traditional and International favorites at only AED 99* per person. Or order your in-room Suhour for AED 50* per person.

For bookings call +971 4 321 6111

11. Siraj Souk Al Bahar 
Siraj Restaurant 

Savor the spirit of Ramadan and celebrate with your loved ones as Siraj welcomes the holy month with rich Iftar and Suhour menus, promising an extraordinary Middle Eastern affair. Combining culinary traditions of both Emirati and Levantine origins. Siraj is offering a carefully curated Iftar set menu that will change each day of the week. A wide variety of shisha flavors and a specially crafted à la carte Suhour menu can also be enjoyed from 10 pm to 2 am every evening.

Siraj Iftar Set Menu
Time: Sunset to Suhour
Price: AED 235 per person (*AED 200 per person for corporate reservations)
Includes: Soup, salads, hot and cold appetizers, main course, dessert

Level 2, Souk Al Bahar, Downtown Dubai

For Reservations: 04 457 4063 / reservations@sirajrestaurant.com

12. Karam Beirut 
Karam Beirut Street Kitchen

A traditional Arabic experience with staples such as lentil soup, hummus, fattoush, tabbouleh and an assortment of sambousek for appetizers; mixed grills for mains; and a live dessert station with kellaj Ramadan, baklava, kunafa, Umm Ali, and dates and dry fruits.

From 7pm to 10pm Dh145 per person
Karam Beirut branches at Mall of the Emirates, The Dubai Mall, and Emirates Hills

Contact: Call 04 339 9789 photo credit


13. Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Lakes Towers
Nosh Restaurant

Enjoy Iftar at nosh for AED 139 per person with live cooking stations, ouzi carving, Arabic grills, shawarma, saj, Kunafa, Umm Ali, Baklava and refreshing Ramadan juices.

Dine your way to the Dead Sea, Jordan. Dine in #MovenpickJLT during Ramadan and get a chance to win round-trip tickets for two to the Dead Sea, Jordan with five nights’ accommodation inclusive of breakfast at Mövenpick Resort & Spa Dead Sea. Groups of 10 or more and companies can avail special rates.

Early Bird: Book before May 15, 2018, and take advantage of our early bird deal offering a special rate of AED 109.

Little ones up to 6 years eat for free, while children from 7-12 years get 50% discount.

For bookings or information please call +971 4 4380000


14. Reem Al Bawadi 

Reem Al Bawadi, one of the UAE’s favorite Middle Eastern restaurants, is welcoming customers to its atmospheric Ramadan Majlis for iftar and suhoor.

The lavish iftar buffet is priced at just AED 125 per person while suhoor costs only AED 75 per person. 

Guests are guaranteed an unforgettable experience that lasts well into the night until 3am. During the World Cup, the Ramadan majlis will transform to the RAB FIFA WC Fanzone — a convivial space where guests can watch the matches unfold and support their favorite teams. Customers are welcome at the Fanzone from 12pm until 2am. The Majlis and Fanzone are both located in Reem Al Bawadi - Jumeirah Creekside Hotel. They can seat up to 320 people and a complimentary valet service will also be available.

Varied locations: For bookings visit the website


15. Radisson Blu

Grand Iftar buffet features unparalleled Emirati cuisine including traditional Ouzi, hot and cold Mezzeh, Arabic and Mediterranean, Persian, Indian, Chinese, Japanese, British favorites, a touch of seafood. Mocktail trolley of Kamaradin, Jalab, Eiran and Tamar Hindi at the welcome station tickles the taste bud

AED 169 per person including special Ramadan Juices and soft drinks.
Kids below 4yrs eat free and 4-12yrs pay AED 80
Timings sunset until 10pm
IFTAR BUFFET ONBOARD AL MANSOUR DHOWExperience Iftar onboard Al Mansour Dhow with a special spread of Arabic and International buffet AED 149 per person including special Ramadan Juices and soft drinks
Kids below 4yrs eat free and 4-12yrs pay AED 75
Boarding starts at 6.30pm, sailing from 7pm – 8.30pm
Contact us for special prices on group Iftar and outside catering

CONTACT +971 205 7033/34


16. At.mosphere Burj Khalifa 
At.mosphere Restaurant

Enjoy a special 4-course Iftar menu set on the 122nd level of the stunning Burj Khalifa and standing 442 meters above the city, At.mosphere Restaurant offers breath-taking panoramic views of Downtown Dubai. Enjoy chef’s special four-course Iftar menu featuring a selection of international dishes and indulgent desserts. The dedicated culinary team of At.mosphere Restaurant will ensure that you and your family have a memorable Iftar. Time: 6pm to 10:30pm

Price: AED 575 per person for four-course menu, A la carte option also available

Dinner – Daily from 6pm to 10pm; A la carte, 3-course and 5-course options are also available in addition to special Iftar menu

For reservations, please call 04 8883828 or email reservations@atmosphereburjkhalifa.com


17. Barjeel Al Arab

Barjeel Guest House

Barjeel Guest House, located at the Heritage Village by the scenic Dubai Creek, invites residents and visitors to experience the best flavors of the Middle East during the Holy Month of Ramadan.

Inspired by the timeless Arabian hospitality, discover the tradition of this Holy Month as the culinary team prepares an Iftar set menu featuring a special selection of local favorites to break your fast with your family and friends for AED115 per person.

The set menu includes refreshing Emirati Juices such as Kamaradin, Lemon mint; Starter is Falafel, Kibbeh, Fatayer; Cold appetizers are Hummus, Babaganoush, and Tabouleh; Lentil Soup and the Main Course is a choice of Oriental Mixed Grill served with roasted chicken and Ouzi rice and Vegetable Salonah or Chicken Salonah and end your meal with Fresh Cut Fruit, Loqimat, and Mamoul for dessert.

Adjacent to Heritage Village Alghubaiba Metro Station DU Phone: 04 351 9111


18. Grand Hyatt Dubai
Al Ameera Ballroom

Enjoy our decadent Grand Iftar buffet featuring traditional Middle Eastern cuisine and international dishes from our live cooking stations accompanied by customary hot and cold Ramadan beverages. One of the best this city has to offer!

Grand Iftar in the Al Ameera Ballroom – Every day from sunset to 9:00 PM
AED210 per person including soft drinks.AED105 per child aged 6-12; children under the age of six dine for free.

For reservations, please call 04 317 2222.


19. Arabian Ranches Golf Club
Ranches Restaurant 

A family-friendly destination offering stunning views of the lake and fairways, Ranches Restaurant serves an Iftar that will warm the heart and satisfy the palate. Savor Arabic delicacies amidst the features fresh, light and contemporary interiors and enjoy a specially created menu of international dishes served especially through the blessed month.

Date: 15 May to 14 June 2018 Time: Sunset to 8.30pm

Price: Adults (12 years and above) – AED 159 per person for a group of minimum 15 people. U by Emaar regular discount available, Children (6 – 12 years) – AED 85 per child, Children (5 years and below) – Dine with our compliments

For reservations please call +971 4 360 7935 or email restaurant@arabianranchesgolf.ae


20. The Address Boulevard

As one of the vibrant hospitality destinations in the heart of Downtown Dubai, Address Boulevard is the ideal location to experience a memorable Iftar over a long communal table with the company of friends, colleagues and loved ones.

Ramadan Boulevard over a unique long communal table. Elegantly decorated to celebrate the Holy Month of Ramadan, Boulevard Ballroom will offer an exceptional mouthwatering Iftar menu over a regal communal table. Served to your table in a family style, the menu features traditional dishes with a modern touch from the Fertile Crescent. An Oud Player will be setting the mood with traditional tunes. Time: Sunset till 9pm Prices: AED 195 per person

For Ramadan reservations, call 04 561 8888; email dine.adboh@addresshotels.com


21. Millennium Airport Hotel Dubai
Loumi Restaurant

Break your fast at the Millennium Airport Hotel Dubai with a lavish traditional Iftar buffet at Loumi restaurant featuring an extensive selection of Arabic and International dishes along with a variety of desserts and beverages. For those craving Italian flavors, the award-winning Da Vinci’s is the place to be offering a special Iftar set menu with a tempting mix of exquisite Italian and Middle Eastern delights.

Enjoy a delectable Iftar buffet with Arabic and International delicacies at

Loumi Restaurant for AED 149 per person. Children from 5 to 12 years old pay AED 79 per child while below 5 years old dine for free.

Special Group Offer:
Book minimum 10 people and get 1 diner for free.
Valid throughout Ramadan 2018.

For inquiry or reservations, call +971 4 702 8888 or email dining.mahd@millenniumhotels.com


22. Kris with a View, Park Regis Kris Kin Hotel
Kris with a View

Iftar buff­et set on the 19th floor features authentic Arabic favorites, international dishes, and live cooking stations, complemented by the views of the Dubai skyline. AED 139 per person

Kris with a View, Park Regis Kris Kin Hotel, Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Street, daily sunset to 11pm. Tel: (04) 377 1184. parkregiskriskin.ae


23. The Courtyard, Manzil Downtown Dubai
The Courtyard

The Courtyard in this Downtown hotel is one of the best spots in the city for a Ramadan feast. The culinary affair begins with cold mezze and soup followed by hot mezze and a sharing menu, complemented by four live food stations serving ouzi, shawarma, saj, and falafel. Plus, two main courses and four skewers of grills will be served directly to the table. After the iftar, stick around for a serene suhoor that includes classic Ramadan dishes, traditional games, shisha and live performances. AED 195/person

The Courtyard, Manzil Downtown Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, daily sunset to 9pm. Tel: (04) 888 3444. vida-hotels.com


24. Address Dubai Marina
Constellation Ballroom

The huge Constellation Ballroom is transformed into a modern Arabesque space which seats up to 420 people, with a wide selection of seasonal favorites on offer, an international buffet and live oud player. 

A Ramadan tent, located on the terrace adjacent to the ballroom, offers guests access to the buffet while also serving shisha. AED 220 per person

Address Dubai Marina, Al Marsa Street, daily sunset to 9pm. Tel: (04) 436 7777. theaddress.com

25. Benjarong Dusi Thani Hotel

Break the fast in a bountiful fashion which includes a wide-ranging selection of traditional Arabic cuisine from hot and cold mezzeh, deliciously marinated dishes, Arabic coffee, dates, sweets and juices; amidst an array of international delights, and Thai selections created by the Benjarong Royal Thai Restaurant. AED 159/person

133 Sheikh Zayed Road, Near Financial Centre Metro Station - Dubai Phone: 04 343 3333

26. Ramadan Nights at Dish

This eclectic Iftar is located in one of Dubai's most hip neighborhoods - Al Quoz. Enjoy a carefully curated Iftar with a contemporary touch. AED 195/person

Warehouse Four, Sheikh Zayed Road, Al Quoz


27. Dubai Opera 

The iconic Dubai Opera will transform into a magnificent banquet hall, where friends, family, and colleagues can come together to relish an unforgettable iftar. The award-winning Sean Connolly at Dubai Opera is in charge of the spread. Special dishes include sustainable hammour prepared in a shakshuka style, slow-cooked beef cheek, whole roast duck and chicken, salmon en croûte and a trio of changing biryanis – sure to surprise and delight even the most seasoned of iftar goers.

250AED per person. Kids 6 to 11 years old receive a 50% discount. Kids under 6 dine for free. Corporate rates are available for groups of 11 or more, and private majlis seating areas are bookable through ramadan@dubaiopera.com.

The timings: From sunset to 9.30pm daily throughout Ramadan.


28. Al Mayass, Sofitel Dubai Downtown
Al Mayass

This stylish Lebanese-Armenian restaurant is known for its generous portions, so expect good things from their iftar set menu.

COST: Dhs185 (Dhs235 with shisha, Dhs92 for children aged 6 to 12)

Sofitel Dubai Downtown, Downtown Dubai, daily sunset to 9pm. Tel: (04) 338 7772. sofitel-dubai-downtown.com


29. QE2

The world-famous QE2 cruise ship is hosting its first floating iftar and suhoor. A purpose-built (and air-conditioned) Majlis will be set up on the ship’s largest deck, housing an Arabic buffet including live cooking stations, traditional Emirati dishes, mezze, desserts and classic Ramadan juices.

AED 250 (AED125 for children under 12, free for children under 4)

QE2, Mina Rashid, daily from sunset to 9pm. Tel: (04) 526 8888. qe2.com


30. The Daily, Rove Hotels
The Daily

With every purchase of a full price iftar at Rove, you’ll receive a voucher worth an additional iftar, which you can use yourself or pass on to a friend or family member. Alternatively, you can deposit your voucher inside a special box showcasing art by Mawaheb, a Dubai-based studio that works with people of determination. The vouchers will then be given to the artists and their families.

The Daily, Rove City Centre, Rove Trade Centre, Rove Healthcare City, Rove Dubai Marina, daily from sunset. 

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Carla is a lifestyle blogger based in Dubai who's thankful to call this ever-evolving city her second home. The pages of this blog are filled with stories about her expat life in the sandpit. It features dining and travel adventures in and around the city and beyond. It also features food recipes, parenting tips, and fashion style.

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