On a boat or at the top of the world? The choice is yours.
The UAE is gearing up for the beginning of the holy month of Ramadan. And with Ramadan comes a bevy of Iftar promotions. Iftar is a traditional meal with which followers end the day’s fast.
Here are some must-try Iftars around the town.
The Daily, Rove City Centre
Where: Rove City Centre, Deira
Enjoy a community Iftar with a wholesome menu, communal seating and a chance to pay it forward. Do an act of kindness by getting an Iftar voucher when you pay for your meal and pass it on to people in need, friends, relatives or a charity for the underprivileged; and it’s only Dh99!
Metro Restaurant, Millennium Plaza Dubai
Where: Sheikh Zayed Road, adjacent DIFC
Price: Dh130 per person
Iftar buffet will be served from sunset to 10:30pm. Group booking is available and guests of eight or more can avail 10 per cent discount while booking for Iftar and Suhoor.
Benjarong Royal Thai Restaurant
Where: Dusit Thani Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road
Price: Dh159 per person
Break the fast in a bountiful fashion which includes a wide-ranging selection of traditional Arabic cuisine from hot and cold mezzeh, deliciously marinated dishes, Arabic coffee, dates, sweets and juices; amidst an array of international delights, and Thai selections created by the Benjarong Royal Thai Restaurant.
Ramadan Nights at Dish
Where: Warehouse Four, Sheikh Zayed Road, Al Quoz
Price: From Dh195
This eclectic Iftar is located in one of Dubai’s most hip neighbourhoods – Al Quoz. Enjoy a carefully curated Iftar with a contemporary touch.
Arboretum, Madinat Jumeirah
Where: Jumeirah Al Qasr, Madinat Jumeirah
Price: Dh195 per person
From its open-air dining with sweeping views of the sea, to the ornate vaulted ceilings of its interior, Arboretum makes for perfect place to take time for reflection, accompanied by a traditional Iftar to share with good company.
Where: Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, The Palm
Price: Dh195 per person
Beneath high ceilings, glowing lanterns and surrounded by intricate wooden carvings, guests can experience a magical blend of Lebanese warmth and sophisticated splendour. Perfect for intimate gatherings, while away the early hours over authentic hot and cold mezze, aromatic mains and a wide selection of traditional desserts.
Where:Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai
Price: From Dh250
Witness the Dubai Opera transform into a lavish Iftar banquet this holy month. The exquisite Iftar will be catered by celebrity chef Sean Connolly.
Iftar at the QE2
Where: Lido Restaurant and One Deck of The Queen Elizabeth 2
Price: Dh250 per person
Dubai’s first floating Iftar will be hosted aboard The Queen Elizabeth 2 this Ramadan. A purpose-built majlis, which is located on the ship’s largest deck, can host up to 250 people daily from sunset to 9pm
Where: Burj Al Arab
Price: Dh295 per person
The world’s tallest atrium may be one of the best ways to savour delectable Arabic cuisine for Iftar during the holy month. A delectable Arabic buffet rich in traditional flavours will make the occasion as fascinating as it should be.
Where: Level 122, Burj Khalifa
Price: From Dh575
Standing 442 metres above the city, At.mosphere offers breath-taking panoramic views of Downtown Dubai. Enjoy the chef’s special four-course Iftar menu which includes a selection of international dishes including a contemporary main fare and an indulgent dessert section.
Dinner in the Sky UAE
Where: Skydive Dubai
According to their Facebook page, Dinner in the Sky’s season ends on May 31. The season-ender coincides with Ramadan so if you want to take your Iftar experience to new heights (literally), try this one out.