One of the beauties of living in Dubai during the holy month of Ramadan is being able to embrace the local culture and customs including the wondrous flavours on offer at Iftar. From award-winning Lebanese cuisine, to Asian and European-inspired Iftars, there’s a restaurant for all palettes this Holy Month which means you can take your children along to any of these gorgeous sunset feasts for a Ramadan to remember. Here’s our top picks!
KHAYMAT AL BAHAR
If you’re looking for something really authentic and that will be a true family celebration, then there’s no better place to mark Ramadan than with an authentic Lebanese Iftar at Khaymat Al Bahar, set in the beautiful Jumeirah Al Qasr resort.
With it’s unique poolside ambience, stunning views of the beach (and equally spectacular views of Burj al Arab), you’ll also get to relish in the sparkling Arabian décor they’re known for and of course, incredible cuisine.
Khaymat Al Bahar is serving up a daily feast that tastes as good as it looks in its dedicated Ramadan tent. Guests attending can indulge in live cooking stations such as Lamb Ouzi and Kunafa, and you’ll experience live oud music along with a traditional Moroccan tea server.
This Iftar is perfect for small groups, big families and friends, as well as you’ll see corporate gatherings there too. In fact, you’ll see plenty of children so you’ll be in good company and we love the fact that you can even take a bit of Khaymat Al Baha home with you – as they also offer diners the chance to take away homemade sweets in gift boxes as delicious Ramadan gifts.
When: Open during Ramadan inclusive from 6:30pm to 10pm.
Cost: AED 195 per adult including drinks with children aged 5 to 12 costing AED 95 and children under 4 dining free and a percentage of all costs goes to the charity’s ‘basma’ Ramadan initiative.
To book: Call +971 800666353 or email email@example.com
THE DALLAH LOUNGE AT EMIRATES GOLF CLUB
For Ramadan on a tent-tastic scale, Emirates Golf Club has unleashed Dallah Lounge, a fully air-conditioned lounge amidst Dubai’s beautiful lush green golf courses of Emirates Hills. The Dallah Lounge, (which means an Arabian coffee pot), is perfectly named to symbolise the majestic, yet family friendly feel you’ll find at this Iftar. You can choose seating that suits a more formal affair, or for a more casual experience, opt for their cosy sofas. Their must-try signature dishes include Sweet and Sour Hammour and Lamb Oozi, and there’s even a Roast Beef Carvery too, but for something quite out of the ordinary this Ramadan, guests at the Dallah Lounge can retire to the Mezzanine level upstairs for some relaxing, post-Iftar drinks.
When: Open daily during Ramadan from sunset to 9:30pm
Cost: AED 150 per adult that includes an extensive buffet with salad bar, cold and hot mezzes, live cooking and grills, as well as dessert stations. There’s also AED 75 for children 5 to 12 years with 4 years and under going free.
To book: call 04 417 9999 or visit their website
For an Iftar that’s less traditional but oh-soooooooo good, Pai Thai, Souk Madinat Jumeirah’s most renowned Thai restaurant, is offering a fabulous Asian inspired Iftar that’s geared towards families.
What’s really exciting for all guests, (and especially for the little ones), is to arrive by abra at Pai Thai’s terrace that’s hidden by complex waterways, that can be reached by this 10 minute boat ride.
This brilliant Iftar, set in Pai Thai’s ornate, romantic restaurant is offering some if it’s best traditional Thai cuisine such as Crispy Beef with Coriander, Garlic and Chili Sauce, or mains like River Prawns with Creamy Red Curry Sauce, Kaffir Lime Leaves and Red Chili, Pai Thai has something for every palate served in an unlimited family sharing style, so come with an appetite as there’s plenty to try!
When: This feast is available daily from sundown until 11pm during Ramadan.
Cost: AED 250 per adult, excluding drinks. Children aged 5 to 12 will be served the kids menu where all items are priced between AED 30- AED 40 and children under 4 dining for free.
To book: Call +971 800666353 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
One of Dubai’s most spectacular settings for Iftar this Ramadan is Dubai Opera’s beautiful auditorium that transforms into a magnificent banquet hall at sunset. A sumptuous feast awaits you, catered by the Address Hotels & Resorts, with a wide-ranging selection of international dishes and traditional Arabic favourites including slow cooked lamb ouzi, hot and cold mezze, mixed grills and decadent sweet delicacies.
You can enjoy this very special Iftar with family and friends in the most elegant surroundings, accompanied by beautiful music from their live entertainment trio on percussion, flute and harp, in the largest venue in Downtown Dubai.
When: Daily from Sunset until 9:30pm
Cost: AED 260 per adult with group discounts are available for bookings of 11 guests or more. Children between 6 and 11 years receive 50% off, while children under 6 years go free.
SHEIKH MOHAMMED CENTRE FOR CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING
An old favourite and with ever-welcoming hosts, the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding (known as SMCCU) in the heart of Dubai’s Bastakiya, will once again host the most authentic Iftar that you’re likely to discover. Be prepared to immerse yourself in Emirati tradition, where cultures blend, stories are told and everyone attending has the opportunity to learn about the real spirit of Ramadan in the courtyard of their wind-tower house. An essential for every Dubai resident, this makes a great learning experience for visitors and children alike, where you’ll come away touched by the warm hospitality you’ve received, a ton of facts that you’d never imagined and much more than just a full belly of the delicious food that’s served.
When: From 8th May to 1st June inclusive from 7pm until 9pm (guests are welcomed from 6:30pm onwards)
Cost: AED 185 per adult and AED 90 for children age 7 to 11 years
To book: Call (04) 353 6666 or visit cultures.ae
AL HADHEERAH AT BAB AL SHAMS
A firm favourite for the entertainment on offer, if you’ve got time to venture a little further into the desert – you’re guaranteed a treat with a seemingly endless display of Middle Eastern flavours. Bab Al Shams’ iconic outdoor restaurant Al Hadheerah has an air-conditioned tent for Ramadan that is not only the place to go if you’re not looking for any European culinary influence whatsoever, but you’ll also find plenty of entertainment including a traditional Oud player, a Qanoun player, as well as it’s famous camel and horse shows that are ever-so-popular with the kiddos that you can view from the comfort of your table.
When: Daily Iftar is available from sunset to 11:30 pm.
Cost: AED 265 per person from Sunday to Wednesday and AED 295 per person from Thursday to Saturday. Children 5 to 12 years are 50% off and 4 and under are free.
To book: call 04 809 6194 or visit www.alhadheerah.com
AQUAVIVA AT ADDRESS MONTGOMERIE
Located in the heart of Emirates Hills, Aquaviva at Address Montgomerie located in the lush green neighbourhood of Emirates Hills, will set the stage for a perfect poolside al fresco Iftar experience. While their Syrian Chef, Khaldoun lends his traditional expertise to an amazing buffet that includes freshly made Luqaimat (a traditional Arabic dessert), the venue will be complemented with soft Arabic background music and a view over their sparkling Emerald lakes. In their own words, this Iftar defines ‘’true tradition’’ and we couldn’t agree more!
When: From sunset until 9pm.
Cost: AED 185 per adult, with children aged 6 to 11 costing AED 92.50, and children under 5 dining for free.
To book: Call +971 4 3631204
AL MAJLIS AT MADINAT JUMEIRAH
Another much-loved Ramadan staple is Madinat Jumeirah’s magnificent Al Majlis tent. With space for a jaw-dropping 1,000 guests and offering a bursting buffet of Middle Eastern-inspired dishes and contemporary flavours, this is certainly the place to head to see and be-seen as well as absorbing true Arabian hospitality and the full spirit of the season.
Serving hot and cold mezze, salads, meat and seafood dishes and all the Middle Eastern desserts you could wish for (and many more treats) you’re guaranteed a palatial experience in true Arabesque style that won’t disappoint.
When: Iftar at Al Majlis runs from sunset to 8:45pm until late
Cost: AED 220 per adult with children aged 4 to 11 years costing half price, and under 4’s go free.
To book: call 04 432 3232 or visit http://www.jumeirah.com/dubairamadan
EWAAN AT THE PALACE DOWNTOWN
A visually-vibrant Iftar experience awaits at the Ewaan Ramadan Tent at the Palace Downtown where you can make your way through a seriously impressive spread of traditional Arabic and international dishes such as fried baby marrow with yoghurt tahini, roasted quail with sumac and a tender chicken tagine. The displays are beautifully presented, staff are super friendly and you can go along with your children for some truly flavourful fare and an authentic atmosphere.
When: Ewaan opens on the first day of Ramadan from sunset until 9pm
Costs: AED 255 per person with children aged between 6 and 11 dining at 50% off and children aged 5 and below dine for free.
To book: call +97148883444 or email email@example.com
A TROPICAL RETREAT AT LAPITA
For something a little bit different this Ramadan, you can escape to the Polynesian island-inspired family resort that is Lapita in Dubai Parks & Resorts where you can experience a Ramadan Iftar in the unique feel of a tropical retreat. Known for being ultra family-friendly and serving up fantastic food that has wide appeal, there will be an equally diverse Iftar buffet that highlights modern and traditional mouth-watering Arabic cuisine as well as International dishes. The little one’s will be as spoiled as ever with their very own Iftar buffet section that includes sweet treats and healthier options.
When: Every day during Ramadan from sunset until 10pm
Cost: AED 175 per adult including Ramadan juices, coffee, tea and water. Children up to age 6-12 years are half price with 5 years and under being free. Note that they’re also running a special offer where if you buy 2 Iftar packages you’ll get 1 free when you book for 6 people or more* (and it’s valid for up to 100 people!. Terms and conditions apply – not valid on bookings for children).
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