Offering every kind of cuisine and setting, Dubai goes all out with a fantastic array of iftars and suhoors during Ramadan – and this year will be no exception.
If you're new to the region, here's the breakdown: iftar is the evening meal during which Muslims end their daily fast at sunset, while the suhoor timing takes place in the early hours before dawn when fasting begins.
Suhoor and iftar timings will alter slightly each day with the setting and rising of the sun.
From gourmet meals in a swanky setting to more traditional experiences, check out our top eight iftars and suhoors that will give you food for thought!
You’ll notice a beautiful feeling of calm and wellbeing in the air. If it’s your first time experiencing Ramadan it will likely leave a lasting impression.
A curry-licious experience
Where: Bombay Bungalow, The Beach Mall, JBR
Inspired by traditional Indian cuisine, this delicious four course menu promises mouth-watering dishes packed with vibrant flavours – succulent kebabs, rich curries, and aromatic biryanis to name a few. As for the ambience, picture the perfect combination between traditional and contemporary flair.
Price range: AED 110
Dine under the stars
Where: Armani Hotel, Downtown Dubai
Meal: iftar and suhoor
Enjoy a cross-cultural experience al fresco, including a buffet of seasonal favourites and signature flavours from award winning restaurants at Armani Hotel Dubai – all set to the gentle sounds of oud and tabla musicians. Lovers of luxury, this one is for you.
Price range: AED 365 for iftar, AED 245 for suhoor.
Where: PINCODE, Dubai Hills Mall
This curated feast by Indian celebrity chef Kunal Kapur offers scrumptious Pan-Indian dishes, Arabian classics, and even some European bites including creme brulée. With a set menu and a buffet spread, this is perfect for those who love variety (and a delicious meal).
Price range: AED 169
Mythical waterfront adventure
Where: Centara Mirage Beach Resort Dubai, Deira Islands
Indulge in a set buffet menu of oriental mezze platters, Arabic favourites, and Indian delights. The delicious meal is paired with stunning waterfront vistas that you can enjoy from the Jasmine Meeting Rooms or terrace. Prepare to be blown out of the water...
Price range: AED 200
Fine dining feast
Where: Aamara at VOCO Hotels, Sheikh Zayed Road
This delightful blend of Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, and Asian cuisines will take you on a unique culinary tour, with stylish interiors and contemporary vibes. Bright salads, delicious kebabs and spiced curries await – but make sure you save some room for their signature desserts.
Price range: AED 220
Classic family favourites
Where: Copthorne Lakeview Hotel, Green Community
Start with decadent mezze platters and delicious Arabian bites before diving into vibrant dishes like lamb majbous, chicken biryani, and of course a wide variety of desserts to wrap everything up. Taking place from 9pm to 1am daily, this is an experience you won't want to miss.
Price range: AED 120
Transport to The Arabian Nights
Where: Layali Ramadan Tent, Kempinski Hotel & Residences
Swap the dining table for a traditional tent in this picturesque suhoor. Enjoy classics such as Arabic mixed grill, cheese manakeesh, and chicken shawarma as well as hot and cold mezze, salads, and delectable desserts. Now that's what we call a classic Arabian feast.
Prices range: A la carte
A side of entertainment
Where: TABU, The St. Regis Downtown Dubai
This modern restaurant offers a different kind of suhoor – with a sumo as your host! The stylish tent includes indoor and outdoor seating, and a special menu full of bright flavours and Arabian delights.
Price range: A la carte
These are just a few iftars and suhoors for 2023 that jumped out to us – we hope you get to try a couple. If you want to know more about the Holy Month, check out our Do's and Don'ts guide. Ramadan Kareem!