Ramadan is here, bringing with it an onslaught of delicious and luxurious iftars to choose from. If you feel overwhelmed by all the choices in the emirates of Dubai, don’t worry: Vogue Arabia did the homework for you and compiled a list of the best restaurants to break your fast at this year. From a historic, floating ship to a majestic souk-inspired set-up, read on for 10 Vogue-approved iftars in the city.
The Bulgari Resort Majlis
The newly-opened Bulgari Resort has unveiled its Ramadan majlis, an elegant experience situated in the Il Café. Though it specializes in Italian cuisine, guests can also dine on a selection of Middle Eastern dishes, while taking in the brand’s fine jewelry and watches that were flown into Dubai specifically for the showcase.
AED 250 per person, bulgarihotels.com
Located at Vida Downtown, 3in1 has specially curated a three-day rotation of iftar menus (meaning you can go there three nights in a row, if you so please). The menu includes Mediterranean dishes such as lamb kofta, chicken shish taouk, mloukhieh, and dajaj mashwi. Those who haven’t completely satisfied their hunger can opt for the om ali, chai karak, or baklava crème brûlée, while taking in the jaw-dropping views of Downtown Dubai.
AED 180 per person, vidahotels.com
Iron Chef star Morimoto’s first Dubai restaurant is ideal for those who are seeking a change from traditional Arabic cuisine. Located at the Renaissance Downtown Hotel, guests are invited to choose from an array of contemporary Japanese starters, mains, and desserts, which include chicken gyozas, salmon sushi platters, grilled katsuo, and chilled cheesecake soufflé.
AED 250 per person, morimotodubai.com
iKandy Ultralounge Ramadan Tent
The iKandy Ultralounge, located at the Shangri la Hotel, is hosting its first-ever Ramadan tents. The exclusive venues (which are set up for iftar and suhoor) are equipped with air conditioning and a television, and are perfect for those seeking something a little more intimate.
AED 1,500 minimum spend, shangri-la.com
Demoiselle by Galvin
This award-winning British restaurant reflects the essence of Ramadan with its Holy Month menu. The line-up features a mouthwatering selection of Middle Eastern-inspired dishes such as lentil soup, baked halloumi, baba ganoush, and shrimp tahini cocktail. Don’t forget to save some room for dessert, which includes tantalizing stuffed date and baklawa, and croissant om ali.
AED 135 per person, demoiselledubai.com
Ninive has been transformed into a contemporary majlis in which guests can break their fast. The iftar menu draws inspiration from the Middle East and North Africa, and culminates in a wide range of soups, cold and hot mezzes, mains, and desserts. Following the meal, guests are invited to enjoy a competitive game of backgammon or cards over a steaming cup of Moroccan tea.
AED 250 per person, ninive.ae
The Queen Elizabeth II
Throughout the Holy Month of Ramadan, the historic Queen Elizabeth II (QE2) cruise liner is hosting a unique, floating iftar, the first of its kind in Dubai. Featuring a majlis located on the ship’s largest dock, the buffet includes live cooking stations, traditional Emirati dishes, hot and cold mezzes, fresh salads, and a wide range of delectable desserts.
AED 250 per person, qe2.com
The Ritz Carlton Amaseena Majlis
The Ottoman-inspired majlis, which is known as the Lou’ Lou’A Ballroom during the rest of the year, resembles a bustling souk by way of lanterns, spices displays, and antiques. Guests are invited to choose from a lavish array of authentic Lebanese, Persian, Peruvian, and Syrian specialties at nine different food stations. Don’t forget to head over to the Moroccan food station for some tagine cooked in an authentic clay pot. Entertainment includes live music courtesy of oud and violin players.
AED 225 per person, ritzcarlton.com
Located on the 122nd floor of the Burj Khalifa, At.Mosphere provides panoramic views for days. Take in the entire Dubai skyline while you enjoy special four-course iftar meal that comprises of a selection of international dishes and indulgent desserts.
AED 575 per person, atmosphereburjkhalifa.com
DoubleTree by Hilton Resort & Spa Marjan Island
The iftar buffet offers a wide selection of international dishes including lamb ouzi, mixed grill with Turkish flavors, and pastas alongside a wide range of refreshments. You’ll be treated to indulgent desserts, such as kunafa and Turkish sweets, along with fresh juice, coffee, and tea, complemented by the soothing sounds of live oud.
AED 125 per person, doubletree3.hilton.com