Dubai’s numerous hotels and restaurants have revealed lavish iftar packages this Ramadan, to cater to both corporates as well as individuals who are looking for a more bespoke experience.
While the price range varies from one location to another, here are some of the most expensive iftar offerings this year.
1. At.mosphere, Burj Khalifa
At the iftar at the world’s highest restaurant, you’ll get a four-course menu of contemporary European delicacies served to your table, including a selection of hot and cold appetizers, mains, and dessert, as you sample the views over Dubai from its most well-known landmark.
Burj Khalifa, Downtown Dubai, 7pm to 11.30pm. Tel: (04) 888 3828. Taxi: Burj Khalifa.atmosphereburjkhalifa.com
2. Coya, Four Seasons Resort
Latin American restaurant Coya will offer its traditional dishes with an Arabian flair. Think Peruvian bean soups, succulent salmon fillet, spicy beef and date cakes.
Four Seasons Resort, Jumeirah Beach Road, Dubai, 7pm to 8pm. Tel: (04) 3169600. Taxi: Four Seasons. coyarestaurant.com
3. Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa
Travel to the desert for a traditional iftar in this five-star resort. Eat Arabic delicacies at Al Hadheerah, while enjoying tanoura dancing and live table and oud music. The best part is the live camel caravan and horse show on the surrounding dunes.
Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa, near Endurance City, sunset to 11.30pm, Sun to Wed Dhs250, Thur to Sat Dhs270. Tel: (04) 8096194. Taxi: Bab Al Shams. meydanhotels.com
4. The Palace Downtown Dubai
Relax in the beautiful Ewaan Ramadan tent, a recreation of a traditional Arabic tent, which spills out onto the Palace gardens. Linger after your meal to experience suhoor (10am to 1am, Dhs170) over a relaxing shisha.
The Palace Downtown Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, Downtown Dubai, sunset to 9pm. Tel: (04) 4287951. Metro: Burj Khalifa/Dubai Mall.theaddress.com
5. One & Only The Palm
Guests can sample a variety of delicious Arabic and continental dishes in stunning surroundings, accompanied by a live oud performance.
One & Only The Palm, Dubai, from sunset. Tel: (04) 0440301. Taxi: One & Only The Palm. oneandonlythepalm.com
6. Ritz-Carlton DIFC
Break your fast with a traditional iftar buffet inside the specially constructed Ramadan majlis. There’s an exclusive buy-one-get-one free weekend offer. Look out for the falafel waffle station – you won’t regret it.
Ritz-Carlton DIFC, Gate Village, DIFC, sunset to 8.30pm, Dhs107 under-12s. Tel: (04) 3722323. Metro: Financial Centre. ritzcarlton.com
7. Madinat Jumeirah
One of Dubai’s best Ramadan venues, the Madinat Arena’s Al Majlis returns this year, with an Arabic buffet serving hundreds of guests each night.
Al Sufouh, sunset to 8.30pm. Tel: (04) 3668888. Taxi: Souk Madinat.jumeirah.com
8. Park Hyatt Dubai
Café Arabesque serves a grand buffet of traditional Arabic cuisine, including live cooking stations.
Park Hyatt Dubai, Dubai Creek Club Street, sunset to 9pm. Tel: (04) 6021814. Taxi: Park Hyatt Dubai. dubai.park.hyatt.com
9. Jumeirah Emirates Towers
Authentic Arabic cuisine and live oud make for a special evening inside the Majlis Godolphin.
Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Downtown Dubai, sunset to 8.30pm. Tel: (04) 4323232. Taxi: Jumeirah Emirates Towers. jumeirah.com
10. The Address Montgomerie
A glass tent overlooking a championship golf course, The Address Montgomerie is a unique iftar buffet venue. You’ll enjoy spectacular views of the lakes, starry night sky and the fairway as you settle in to a multi-course set menu.
The Address Montgomerie, Emirates Hills, from sunset, Dhs100 under-11s, under-fives free. Tel: (04) 4367777. Taxi: Emirates Hills. ramadanexperiences.com