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Ramadan 2019: best restaurants for iftar in Dubai

Whether you're an all-you-can-eat type of diner or prefer a more refined menu in a beautiful setting, we've got you covered. Here's our pick of the best restaurants for iftar in Dubai, including some options that are sure to give you an experience to remember...

Best iftar buffet Dubai

If you’re more of an all-you-can-eat type of diner, you’ll want to find the best iftar buffet in Dubai. You can return to the food as many times as you want and get real value for money! Fortunately for you, there’s plenty of restaurants for iftar that offer wonderful buffets with various cuisines. Here’s some of our top picks:

Dubai Opera iftar

If you’d like an iftar buffet in Dubai with a little something extra head to Dubai Opera. The auditorium will be transformed into a banquet hall and there will be live entertainment. The buffet will feature Arabian and international foods and there will be live cooking stations. The sweet and desert menu is also extensive so save some room!

Timing: Runs daily from sunset to 9.30pm

Cost: From *AED260 per person.

Anise, InterContinental Hotel Festival City

We love an iftar buffet in Dubai with a theme! For Ramadan 2019 Anise will have eight live cooking demonstrations themed on the eight points of a star anise. It will also have the usual international food on offer but we think it deserves points for trying to be different!

Timing: During Ramadan from sunset to 11pm

Cost: Around *AED215 for adults

The Bay, Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, Dubai

The Bay offers a more laid-back but equally delicious place to have an iftar in Dubai. It’s in a beautiful setting by the beach and has outdoor terraces as well as a stylish indoor lounge area. On a side note, if you are part of a large group (50 plus) and want something with a Wow factor, book a spot at the Mandarin Oriental Ballroom instead.

Timing: During Ramadan iftar from 7pm to 9pm, and suhoor from 10pm until 2am

Cost: Around *AED265 for adults

So Cho at Dubai Marine Beach Resort and Spa

So Cho is famous for its great views and tasty Japanese menu. This makes it a wonderful spot for an iftar buffet in Ramadan. The menu will remain authentically Japanese in Ramadan so it makes a nice change from the usual cuisines on offer.

Timing: From sunset

Cost: From around *AED169 per person

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Chef’s House, Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Media City

This is a good deal if your bank balance won’t stretch to all the five-star restaurants for iftar. The predominantly Middle Eastern food is prepared under the watchful eye of Chef Karim, and will be to the usual high standards of the Chef’s House.

Timing: From sunset all throughout Ramadan

Cost: From around *AED159 including Ramadan drinks

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Iftar Al Malika, Queen Elizabeth 2

The Queen Elizabeth 2 boasts an unusual title – the first floating restaurant for iftar in Dubai! The 1960’s Queen Room is transformed during Ramadan into a majlis with full Arabesque decor. The buffet features traditional Arabian cuisine as well as some old-school British favorites!

Timing:Throughout Ramadan, sunset through 9pm

Cost: From *AED195 per person

Cascades at Fairmont Dubai

We don’t recommend you indulge in an iftar buffet every night of Ramadan. To keep it interesting, mix it up with some restaurants for iftar serving à la carte options. The menu here follows a Year of Tolerance theme with five types of cuisine including 26 salads and 17 main courses! 

Timing:Runs during Ramadan from sunset through 9.30pm

Cost: From *AED184 per adult

Best Ramadan tents in Dubai

Ramadan tents in Dubai range from the smaller more traditional types to huge gazebo styles. Fortunately, there’s loads of restaurants offering both. Here’s some of our favorites:

Meydan Ramadan Tent, The Meydan Hotel

The Meydan Ramadan Tent is likely to be a grand affair given the style of the hotel. The iftar spread will feature traditional cuisine as well as plenty of international food. It’s also a reasonable iftar deal given the quality of the food likely to be on offer!

Timing: Runs daily from sunset through 8pm for iftar, and 9pm through 2am for suhour

Cost: Costs *AED199 per person

Al Bahou, Movenpick Ibn Battuta Gate Hotel Dubai

The Gate is going all out with Arabic lanterns and decorating its Ramadan tent with 88 of them! The iftar buffet menu will be inspired by Ibn Battuta’s travel through India, Asia, Italy and Morocco, and there will be a live Oud player.

Timing: From sunset

Cost: From *AED185 per person, including soft drinks and Ramadan juices

Asateer, Atlantis The Palm

This beachfront tent gives most other Ramadan tents a run for their money! It is beautifully decorated with traditional lighting and bold furniture, and there’s plenty of entertainment to boot. Dress conservatively, no shorts allowed.

Timing: From sunset

Cost: From around *AED220 per person including water and Ramadan juices

Constellation Ballroom, The Address Dubai Marina

It’s not strictly a tent but the Constellation Ballroom really evokes the style of a tent during Ramadan with low lighting and some beautiful decor. The iftar buffet of international and Middle Eastern cuisine doesn’t stand out too much but the beautiful setting makes it worthy of the best iftars in Dubai list.

Timing: From sunset to 9pm

Cost: From around *AED199 per person

Al Hadheerah Tent at Bab Al Shams Desert Resort and Spa

If you’re looking for a restaurant for iftar with a difference and don’t mind traveling out of the city, head to Al Hadheerah. Located in the desert at the Bab Al Shams Desert Resort and Spa, the tent offers an iftar experience to remember. The cuisine includes Lebanese, Emirati and Syrian and there’s also a schwarma counter and bread-making stations. There’s also activities for children and a camel and horse caravan show!

Timing: From sunset to 11pm

Cost: From around *AED265 per person Sunday through Wednesday, and *AED295 per person Thursday through Saturday

*This article was published April 2019. Prices and information correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change and/or availability. Always check with the airline before flying.

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