Ten delectable Iftars to indulge in this Ramadan

Here's our exclusively curated list of Iftar buffets recommended by our in-house agents.

09 Jun 2016, words by Dyuthi Prakash

This Holy month of Ramadan, we decided to create a comprehensive list of Iftar buffets to head to, exclusively recommended by our agents.

1. Asateer tent, Atlantis the Palm

Overlooking the lush Arabian Gulf, the Asateer tent encloses eight dedicated Majlis areas, valet parking and prayer rooms, giving you the essential Ramadan iftar experience. Asateer is the Arabic word for “myths” and stays true to its name allowing guests to indulge in traditional activities like card games, chess and backgammon. You will also be serenaded by Oud and Tableh players in a contemporary folkloric atmosphere.

Asateer is an open buffet with a huge selection of traditional Arabic and western cuisines. They have an amazing ambience filled with, water features, a beautiful entrance, and candles lit for the Ramadan glow.

- Tugba Dogan, Luxury Sales Specialist

Cuisine - International and Middle East 

Location - Atlantis, The Palm Cost - Dh205 (adult); Children Dh105 

Timings – Iftar - 6:30 to 8.30 pm 

Phone - +971 4 426 0800

 What we recommend - Asateer assorted manakish and the asateer kenafah

2. Al Majlis, Madinat Jumeirah

Located in the prestigious Madinat Arena, Al Majlis essentially personifies the festive spirit of Ramadan. Known for breathtaking interior displays, the 1000-person majlis offers a variety of traditional dishes like cold mezze, whole lamb ouzi and veal harres in addition to live cooking stations. 

Cuisine - Arabic 

Location – Madinat Jumeirah 

Cost – Dh210 per head inclusive of all still water, Ramadan beverages and soft drinks 

Timings – Iftar - 6:30 to 8.30 pm

Phone - +971 4 366 6730 

What we recommend – Whole lamb ouzi and the veal harres

3. The Ritz-Carlton DIFC

Over the years, The Ritz Carlton DIFC has established itself as a popular favourite among food aficionados during Ramadan. This year, they’re back with a striking new Ramadan experience reflective of the hotel’s cosmopolitan experience in DIFC. With their team of world-class chefs, they aim to bring Arabic and Middle Eastern favourites with a modern twist, to the table.

The ambience at the Ritz-Carlton is nothing short of "magical".

- Joey Elaty, Luxury Sales Specialist

Cuisine – Arabic and Middle Eastern 

Location – The Ritz-Carlton DIFC

Cost – AED 195 for adults, AED 110 for children (6-12 years), including soft beverages 

Timings – Iftar - Sunset to 9pm, Suhoor – 9pm to 2am 

Phone - +9714 372 2323 

What we reommend – The mezzeh N7 and a Falafel waffle

4. Tagine at The One and Only Royal Mirage

Stepping into Tagine is like entering the gateway of Marrakesh. With its tobacco-coloured walls and traditional Moroccan artefacts, the ambience is simply magical. The Iftar offers a range of buffet and a-la-carte options like Morrocan salads and lentil soup, with a side of traditional Oud and Tabla instrumentals.

I thoroughly enjoyed the Moroccan ambience and felt like I was transported to Marrakesh.

- Alexander von Sayn-Wittgenstein, Luxury Sales Director

Cuisine – Moroccan 

Location – The Palace, The One and Only Royal Mirage 

Cost – AED 210 per person

Timings – From sunset to 2.30am 

Phone - +971 4 399 99 99 

What we recommend – Preserved chicken tagine with lemon confit and olives

5. The SUQ Tent at The Four Seasons

Aptly named after the traditional Arabian marketplace, the Suq tent will make you feel at home with its warm Arabesque appeal. In addition to its opulent setting, guests will get the opportunity to see their food being prepared right before their eyes in the live cooking stations.

The Suq tent is set in a perfect location and offers high-end, stylish cuisine with good vibes.

- Ricardo Manno, Luxury Sales Specialist

Cuisine – Arabian 

Location – The Four Seasons 

Cost – AED 210 per person 

Timings – Iftar – 6pm to 9pm, Suhour – 10am to 2am 

Phone - +971 4 270 7777 

What we recommend – Lamb kofta and Osmalieh cannoli

6. Ewaan Tent at the Palace Downtown Dubai

Complete with an incredible view of the Burj Lake, the Ewaan tent comes equipped with a truly Arabian experience this Ramadan. Tall arches and golden hues add to the utopian perception of Aladdin City, while classic culinary favourites like hot and cold mezzeh further add to the enchantment.

Cuisine – Arabic 

Location – The Four Seasons 

Cost – AED 240 per person; AED 120 per child 

Timings – Iftar – 6pm to 9pm, Suhour – 10am to 2am 

Phone - +971 4 888 3444

What we recommend – Lamb ouzi

7. AOC French Brasserie

AOC French Brasserie. Photo Credits: fridaybrunch.com

If you’re looking for a different take on Iftar, the AOC French Brasserie has it covered. Handed down over generations, sous chef Maher’s family recipes include a delicious assortment of hot and cold mezzeh such as velvety humour, creamy labneh and crunchy fattoush. Overlooking the Jumeirah beach, this cozy little French restaurant offers both a-la-carter and buffet options. 

Cuisine – French Mediterranean 

Location – Sofitel Dubai, Jumeirah Beach 

Cost – AED 140 per person 

Timings – Sunset to 11:30 pm 

Phone - +971 4 448 4733 

What we recommend – Gozleme pastries and Umm Ali

8. Delphine

Delphine at The H Dubai. Photo credits: www.emirateswoman.com

This little Californian bistro will remind you of the laidback attitude of the West Coast, subtly infused with contemporary Arabesque hints. The restaurant, bar and lounge is infused with velvet furnishings, art deco lighting and marble surfaces. It certainly stands out with its eclectic menu that offers a different cuisine every day of the week. 

Cuisine – A different cuisine every day of the week 

Location - The H Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road 

Cost – AED 170 per person, inclusive of Ramadan drinks and water. 

Timings – Sunset to 8:30 pm 

Phone - +971 4 501 8623 

What we recommend – Bukari rice and Chicken molokhia 

9. Al Fanous Lounge at Dubai Ballroom

The iconic Dubai Ballroom paints the perfect picture of royalty with its white, gold and jewel undertones. This Ramadan, the stunning venue has been revamped with oriental carpets, a VIP Majlis and the signature style of Al Fanous. The Iftar buffet is a feast fit for a king, with over 200 International and Arabic dishes. A live Oud player will serenade you while you enjoy a view of the vast city landscape from the tallest hotel in the world. 

Cuisine – Arabian 

Location – JW Marriot Marquis Dubai

Cost – AED 195 per person 

Timings – Iftar - Sunset to 8:30 pm, Suhour – 9:30 pm to 3 am 

Phone - +971 4 414 3000 

What we recommend – The smoked salmon stand and the extensive dessert table.

10. Sababa Tent at Fairmont the Palm

Overlooking the breathtaking Dubai Marina skyline, the Sababa tent promises a night of live entertainment, including Arabic bands, Egyptian and Turkish dances, fortune tellers and henna artists, destined to transport you to an episode of Arabian Nights. It also shows the UEFA Euro 2016 matches every night, giving you an excuse to leave your couch. 

 Cuisine – Arabic and Middle Eastern 

Location – Fairmont, The Palm 

Cost – AED 160 per person 

Timings – Iftar - Sunset to 9 pm, Suhour from 9 pm onwards 

Phone - +971 4 45 73457 

What we recommend – Kisir and manti