Along with dates, a sumptuous meal is what satisfies for those fasting during the holy month. As known to the world, Dubai has the most cosmopolitan culture in the Middle East and also an array of restaurants with cuisines from all around the world.
Most restaurants serve iftar at their premises or cater at a community tent. The top communities with the most restaurants offering iftar in Dubai are the ones listed below.
1. Palm Jumeirah
At the world’s largest manmade island there are plenty of mouthwatering options. Villamore, the popular beach-front restaurant in Emerald Palace Kempinski Dubai, is hosting a curated iftar menu inspired by the bold flavours of the Levant and Mediterranean. At Atlantis, three different kitchens are serving a variety of dishes. The Asateer Tent is serving iftar and suhoor to more than 60,000 guests during the Ramadan, where diners can enjoy a buffet, with a selection of Arabic favourites; Hakkasan, the Cantonese restaurant is serving an alternative iftar celebration with a four-course menu with signature dishes and Kaleidoscope is serving Mediterranean, North African and Indian specialty dishes, alongside a special iftar buffet with live cooking stations.
2. Downtown Dubai
Right in the heart of Dubai, Huqqa a lounge and restaurant hailing originally from Turkey, invites you with a wide-ranging selection of a la carte Turkish and International dishes. The Dubai Opera’s auditorium transforms into a banquet hall for iftar with buffet. Palace Downtown offers a generous Middle Eastern and international buffet while oud music plays in the background. At Asado Palace one can explore South American flavours and warm hospitality. At the edge of Burj Lake, Thiptara Palace is offering Thai cuisine. Vida downtown, Lemon Pepper Restaurant, The Market - a Turkish restaurant and Sofitel Dubai Downtown, all offer iftar.
3. Dubai Creek Harbour
Across the beautiful Dubai Creek, plenty of cafes and restaurants are lined up for your favorite iftar cuisine. The menu at Café Arabesque in Park Hyatt includes a selection of cold mezza such as tabouleh, fattoush, hummus and okra bil lahmi. The hot mezza section will feature vegetable samosas, safiha shamieh, and sambousek with options for meat and cheese lovers. At the Canteen, Aloft City Centre Deira enjoy a Ramadan experience with great views of the Dubai Creek. Have an iftar buffet at The Canteen with dishes inspired by Middle Eastern cuisines. Celebrate Ramadan at the QD's Tent; located at the Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club, overlooking the Creek and Dubai skyline.
4. Barsha Heights
Alfeniq, the recently opened neighborhood eatery is serving up comfort cuisine from Lebanon and Syria with a three-course offering. Fuchsia Urban Thai is offering a contemporary Thai iftar menu and a special vegan menu throughout the month. Hitchki is offering up a nostalgic experience with a twist. The eatery located inside the Grand Millennium Al Barsha, has created a special festival menu. Mercure Dubai Barsha Heights Hotel will also offer an iftar buffet with a wide variety of traditional dishes, at the hotel’s Day & Night Restaurant.
5. Jumeriah Beach Residences (JBR)
One of the most popular residential places in Dubai, JBR has Dickey’s Barbecue Pit that will cater to the local audience along with Rixos Premium Dubai which is hosting an Istanbul iftar at Turquoise restaurant and Amaseena, the annual Majlis that takes place every year at the Ritz Carlton. The iftar buffet includes hot and cold mezze as well as mains like mandi-cooked lamb, tagine cooked in authentic clay cookware and a spread of nine food stations highlighting Middle Eastern cuisine with dishes from Morocco, Lebanon and Persia as well as international delicacies including Peruvian and Italian. The Italian dining venue, tucked away at the Hilton Dubai Jumeirah, BiCE Ristorante will be welcoming guests to a classic Italian iftar. JA Ocean View Hotel (Buffet), the stylish hotel will host a buffet at the Le Rivage restaurant featuring traditional favorites.
6. Dubai Marina
The appeal of Dubai Marina during the holy month lies in Ruya at Grosvenor House that will offer Anatolian style dishes perfect for sharing. Bounty Beets is the place where iftar will be a cleansing of the body with a special iftar offering. The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi is hosting a Ramadan iftar buffet at their Serdaal Ballroom and outdoor terrace.
7. Arabian Ranches
At the vastly popular villa community of Dubai, Arabian Ranches, Palermo, the family-friendly iftar serves up a buffet of sweet and savoury treats at Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club.
8. Al Safa
At Al Safa, Gürkan Şef an authentic Turkish steakhouse, Muchachas, a Mexican restaurant at Holiday Inn Express and Walnut Grove with the South African concept spoils you for choices for international cuisine.
Although 20 minutes away from Meydan, one of the nicest choice of indoor lounge seating or being seated at The Secret Garden, The Lounge offers iftar with a view of the Burj Khalifa. A traditional set menu offers Ramadan beverages, moutabel, cheese and meat sambusak, a choice of mixed grills and Arabic sweets, such as umm ali and mohalabia. Outdoor shisha is also available.
10. Al Quoz
At Al Quoz, Dish, a renowned catering and Events Company, hosts an iftar pop up every year for the last three years. This year ‘Ramadan Nights by Dish’, in Al Quoz’s Warehouse Four is back offering an intimate iftar experience.