12 of the Best Iftars in the UAE

16 Jul 2013
By Ahlanlive.com

Celebrate the Holy Month with these traditional events, from sumptuous feasts to family gatherings

1 At.mosphere
At.mosphere’s Ramadan-inspired late high tea boasts an array of Arabian delights, complemented by awe-inspiring views of Dubai at sunset from its 122nd floor location in the world’s tallest tower. Sample traditional Ramadan juices and medjool dates followed by Middle Eastern-inspired sandwiches,including the cumin-scented organic egg and coriander, and the sumac-spiced turkey. For those with a sweet tooth, there’s warm date scones with date marmalade, clotted cream and lemon curd, orange blossom éclairs and baklava.
INFO: Dhs290 per person, from sunset to 7.30pm, At.mosphere Lounge, Burj Khalifa, Downtown, Dubai, 04 888 3828, www.atmosphereburjkhalifa.com.

2 Pool Bar & Restaurant
Enjoy an exclusive iftar and suhoor with family and friends at this intimate gazebo. Delight in traditional Ramadan dishes as you gaze at the breathtaking view of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque over the canal. The gazebo can accommodate from two up to a maximum of 18 guests for a rental fee of Dhs2,000.
INFO: Iftar Dhs250, suhoor Dhs220, from sunset, Pool Bar & Restaurant, Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi, 02 509 8555, www.shangri-la.com.

3 Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Centre for Cultural Understanding
If you want to learn more about Ramadan while experiencing a traditional iftar, the Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Centre for Cultural Understanding is holding the events from Thursday 11 July until Monday 5 August in the courtyard of the wind tower house in the Al Fahidi Historic District of Old Bur Dubai. You’ll also get the chance to ask questions about the Holy Month.
INFO:  Dhs135, begins 15 minutes before the call to prayer, 04 353 6666, www.cultures.ae.

4 Layali El Corniche
Let iftar run smoothly into suhoor as you lounge in the lavish Layali El Corniche Ramadan tent listening to the mystical sound of live oud and taking in the sweet aroma of shisha.
INFO:  Dhs75 on weekdays, Dhs95 on weekends. Iftar from sunset, suhoor from 10pm to 3am, Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche, Corniche Road East, Abu Dhabi, 02 813 7777, www.sofitel.com.

5 Balance Café
This four-course iftar menu incorporates principles of traditional medicine to keep you healthy. The Café’s dishes are designed to rejuvenate the body and help it cope with the summer heat. The meals incorporate ingredients with high water content to help with hydration and they’re cooked using corn and olive oils, which are easier to digest. The options include mushroom risotto and lamb biryani.
INFO:  Dhs55 per person, from sunset, Balance Café, 3rd Floor, Oasis Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, 04 384 7010, www.balance-wellness-centre.com.

6. Fazaris
Break your fast in the stylish surroundings of The Address Downtown. Share a traditional iftar buffet with friends, family and colleagues. The abundant spread of authentic Arabic mezzehs, salads and grilled meats is complemented by regional coffees, plump dates and sweet melodies from Oud and Tablah players. The venue is also hosting iftars and sahoors in its grand Symphony Ballroom, or for a less formal occasion, visit Risala in the Lobby Lounge.
INFO: Dhs185 per adult and Dhs80 (children), sunset to 9pm, The Address Downtown Dubai, 04 888 3444, www.theaddress.com.

7 Zaroob
The traditional Arabic street food specialist is serving up a scrumptious iftar of traditional delicacies comprising three cold and three hot starters, three plats du jour, three Ramadan drinks and three desserts.
INFO: Dhs 69, From 7pm onwards, Zaroob, Jumeirah Tower Building, Shop No 1, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, 04 327 6060.

8 Zafran
Zafran’s spread includes popular grills from the tandoor selection, fried shrimp kebabs, wholesome curries and tasty biryanis. A selection of delicious desserts from the eatery’s regular spread will also be available and don’t miss the local speciality dessert, Umm Ali.
INFO:  Dhs89 per person. Sunset to mall closing, Mirdif City Centre, Level 1, East Walk, Dubai, 04 2840987, Dubai Marina Mall, Sheikh Zayed Road, 04 399 7357,  www.landmarkgroup.com.

9 Emirates Golf Club
M’s at Emirates Golf Club is holding an iftar buffet on Thursday, Friday and Saturday through Ramadan.
INFO: Dhs120, Dhs60 (children), Sunset to 9pm, Emirates Golf Club, www.dubaigolf.com.

10 Rose Rayhaan by Rotana
Try Arabic delights combined with international flavours at Petals restaurant.
INFO: Dhs139, Sunset onwards, Rose Rayhaan by Rotana, Dubai, 04 323 0111, www.rotanatimes.com.

11 Pullman Dubai Deira City Centre
Try the Moroccan-themed Ramadan iftar buffet at this hotel, specially created by executive chef Andreas Mensch.
INFO:Dhs155 (adults, Dhs75 (children), Pullman Dubai Deira City Centre, 04 603 8080, www.pullmanhotels.com.

12 The Atrium
Start with soup and appetizers before sampling the live cooking stations.
INFO: Dhs175 per person, children eight to 12-years old Dhs85 under eights eat free, sunset onwards, Grand Millennium Dubai, Tecom, Dubai, 04 429 9999, www.millenniumhotels.ae.