15 November 2018Last updated

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Top iftars to try

We’ve put together a list of iftars not to be missed…

Sophia Dyer
23 Jun 2016 | 12:20 pm
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Hanaaya, Mina A’Salam

Definitely one to impress visitors! Hanaaya is a beautiful venue, with gleaming turquoise tiles and soft gold lanterns creating a warm yet sophisticated atmosphere. There’s a vast selection of goodies on offer, from traditional dishes such as hummus, tabbouleh and ouzi, to delicacies from further afield, including a tangy Thai beef salad, but the desserts are what really blow you away. Delicate gold leaf chocolates, groaning towers of baklava, steaming umm ali… Make sure this is one of the last on your list as it’s hard to top. Dh195, 04 432 3232

Fortnum & Mason


If you’re looking for an iftar slightly left of centre, check out British stalwart Fortnum & Mason. It’s iftar, but not as we know it! End your fast with traditional dates, but from then on, it’s most definitely traditional British food: delicate asparagus, hearty soup, perfectly roasted lamb. Beautifully presented stands of sweets finish off a perfect meal, accompanied by an extensive tea menu (and the advice of a tea sommelier to help you out). Refined, upmarket and most definitely upper class, this one’s a sumptuous iftar with a difference. Dh195, minimum four people. 04 388 2627

The Palace Downtown


Delightfully, authentically Arabian, the Ramadan tent at The Palace is another great one for visiting friends and family. There’s a tea server with the full regalia, enormous copper vessels overflowing with rice and lamb ouzi, vast selections of traditional dishes and, of course, a celebratory Arabian ambience complemented by the beautiful decor. Don’t miss the soup station or the fresh, fluffy Arabic bread and make sure you leave space for dessert; the baklava is tooth-meltingly delicious. Dh240, 04 514 9459

Others to look out for...

A La Turca, Rixos Hotel


An elaborate Turkish-inspired buffet including traditional Arabic dishes at the Rixos Hotel on the Palm. The restaurant offers magnificent views of the luxury outdoor pool and Rixos gardens. Dh185 per person. 04 457 54 54

Ramadan tent, Emirates Palace Hotel Abu Dhabi


A specially hoisted tent on the Emirates Palace balcony offers spectacular views of the Arabian Gulf as the sun sets over the ocean. With live cooking and carving stations, succulent grilled meats with traditional accompaniments and other classic Emirati favourites. Dh265 per person.

Mamemo Majlis, The Ritz Carlton Dubai


The stylish Mamemo Majlis has transformed the entire LouLou ballroom of the Ritz-Carlton, Dubai at JBR into a stunning venue for iftar. Experience traditional delicacies from across the Arab world with the finest and freshest ingredients. From Sunset till 9.00pm, Dh220 per adult.

Feast, The Sheraton Grand Dubai


An expansive buffet at Feast restaurant in the Sheraton. The open kitchen features delicious international cuisine from the Western, Middle Eastern, Indian, Chinese and South East Asian world. As well as this, expect all the traditional favourites for iftar. Dh199 per person. 04 503 4300

Ramadan tent, The St Regis Dubai

A dedicated outdoor Ramadan tent in the quaint surroundings of Le Patio at the St Regis hotel, where you can enjoy a flavourful and classic Arabic buffet. Including hot and cold mezze platters, soup, mixed grill and local fish. Dh195 per person, including valet parking.

Ramadan tent at The Address Hotel, The Dubai Mall

A lively atmosphere Iftar at the Zayna, Ramadan Tent, which is at the Cabana poolside. A unique setting with live music and classic Arabic food options. Dh220 per person.

Al Bahou at the Mövenpick Hotel, Ibn Battuta


A festive atmosphere in The Great Hall beneath 88 majestic Arabic lanterns. A buffet inspired by Ibn Battuta’s travels through Italy, Morocco, India and Asia, accompanied by the soothing sounds of the Qanun. Dh170 per person. 04 444 5613

French Brasserie at the Sofitel hotel, Jumeriah Beach


Enjoy a buffet of traditional delicacies while you unwind in the atmosphere of the Brasserie. Gözleme pastries stuffed with a variety of ingredients such as cheese, meat and potato will be prepared in front of guests. Dh140 per person.

Sophia Dyer

Sophia Dyer