Not Your Average Ramadan: 11 Completely Unique Iftar and Suhoor Experiences | Savoir Flair
Not Your Average Ramadan: 11 Completely Unique Iftar and Suhoor Experiences
by Liam Collens 4-minute read March 22, 2024

This Ramadan season, why not spice things up a little? 

Every year, there are extensive lists of places to go for iftar and suhoor across the UAE. From restaurants to supper clubs to seaside igloos, we’ve whittled the options down to a strong collection where you can dine in the city, get out into nature, or just stay at home and allow the restaurant experience to come to you. 


Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding

An Evening of History, Culture, and Heritage

Tucked away near Bur Dubai lies the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding, which each year, continues its mission to explain and share the traditions of Ramadan and the Muslim faith. This is a must-visit for any Dubai tourists curious to know more about local culture. The traditional iftar is usually hosted by an Emirati who explains dishes, customs, and practices. This year, the Centre runs an expanded program throughout Ramadan, including traditional calligraphy courses, rooftop gahwa, and traditional dress. Afterwards, wander along Dubai Creek towards Bur Dubai Souk Market or Al Seef for its Ramadan Markets and more!



Communal Iftar and Suhoor Table

Tucked in Wasl 51, Palestinan-owned restaurant, YAVA, will host intimate communal dinners of 25 to 30 people to share an iftar meal together around one large table. We would love to share elements of the menu with you, but — to our delight — YAVA will use this opportunity to host a series of different chefs who will cook a different menu during Ramadan! After iftar, YAVA creates two suhoor trays available for guests, together with a selection of themed game nights, including a Palestinian board game night, a Ma’amoul workshop night, a clay-making workshop, and a Knefeh night. 

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Three by Eva

Family Favorites and Homemade Treats

Palestinian and women-owned and led restaurant Three by Eva stormed the Jumeirah area in recent years by providing a bright, communal space that the local community and celebrities flocked to in droves. This mother and two daughters combo (these are ‘the Three’) run a more restrained iftar, offering diners an à la carte menu starting with a tray including lentil soup, dates, and water to allow you to break your fast. (À la carte dining cuts down on food waste, which we see so much of in buffet-style iftars.) Our favorite dishes are the warak enab, rich mutabbal, stuffed kibbeh, and a silky eggplant fatteh. Groups of four or more should order the enormous Jordanian lamb mansaf with rice and nuts. You can also collect iftar boxes from Three by Eva if you want something nice to take home instead.

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Nara Desert Escape

A Magical Evening in the Desert

Sometimes, we just want to get out more into nature, especially during these cooler months now Ramadan is earlier in the year. So fuel up the car and check the tires as you head out past the Sevens Stadium and towards Murqqurab, where you can relax at Nara Desert Escape, which offers a special iftar and suhoor away from the city, among the dunes and under the clear night sky. Nara Desert Escape provides an experience with a spice market and contemporary Middle Eastern decor, a Ramadan Night Market, camel rides, falcon shows, henna, and a live oud player. Those who come for suhoor will also be treated to a fire show. 



Woodfires and Olive Trees

On the edges of the city, looking back on the Downtown and Business Bay skyline, lies FIYA nestled into the serene Keturah Reserve. Dubai icon and Arab Pitmaster Hattem Mattar will cook both an iftar and suhoor for those breaking their fast among millennium-old olive trees. The woodfire cooking lends its smoke to a cauliflower dressed in a tomato-chipotle salsa and a lamb asador slow-cooked for eight hours in spices. There is a special meat of the day for guests, together with more slow-cooked meat like chicken on mandi rice and sweet endings with Umm Ali. 

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Girl and the Goose

Iftar, Central-American Style

Looking for a more homely experience than the larger tented options? Supper clubs march on strong in Dubai, but Girl and the Goose is among our favorites. Nicaraguan chef Gabriela Chamorro designed a special menu to celebrate the holy month of Ramadan. In her words, “It is a heartfelt homage to the cultural exchanges that have enriched my life in the region. For me, it is about embracing togetherness and the warmth of a country that I am proud to call my second home. During this holy month, my menu serves as a bridge between cultures, sharing my love, understanding, and respect for our community.” We could not agree more, as the menu is inspired by Dubai’s diversity while offering a slice of her signature Central American flavor and authentic storytelling. We’re looking at you, rosewater and pistachio Tres Leches.


Moreish by K

Samosas and Emirati Honey

One of Dubai’s Supper Club Queens has you covered this Ramadan, whether you want to go out for iftar, stay home, or gift some excellent handmade products to friends. We love the incomparable Kunwal Safdar’s Moreish by K supper club run from her beautiful, art-laden home overlooking Marina Harbour. You can book her Iftar Supper Clubs via Moreish By K on Instagram. Kunwal is also collaborating with Emirati beekeepers to provide infused Emirati Sidr honey — the perfect handmade Eid gift supporting local farmers. We love her samosas because of their creativity, where she draws on her heritage and worldly experience, applying flavors to her samosas as a canvas. No Ramadan is complete without her boxes of samosas, where we hear there are new favorites with some much-loved classics.

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Dine at Home

We do not always want to go out, even if we do want to break fast with family and friends. The not-yet-a-restaurant, still-a-supper-club that everyone is talking about will offer a delicious delivery service in time for iftar. Gerbou is a restaurant opening this year in Nad Al Sheba in collaboration with Tashkeel. Its current supper club keeps the homely vibes going as Chef Ionel Catau and Chef Sahar Al Awadhi offer signature Emirati and Khaleeji-inspired dishes. We’re excited about this coming-soon opening but, in the meantime, we are sated by this option to enjoy Gerbou at home during Ramadan. The nourishing and lightly spiced vegetable broths and Sahar’s contemporary take on the traditional Emirati sago stand out.

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Majlis by Mandarin Oriental

A Dreamy Soirée

This is not your average hotel iftar. The Mandarin Oriental Jumeirah Dubai showcases the opulence you expect from the brand but with cultural touches creating The Majlis experience. The Mandarin Oriental Jumeirah partnered with award-winning Emirati poet, Dr. Afra Atiq to curate Through Her Words, dubbed a poetic and artistic journey. The evening features contemporary art installations throughout Ramadan, together with live poetry readings as well as traditional live oud and tablah. Both Netsu by Ross Shonhan and the Michelin-starred Tasca by Jose Avillez come together, promising a delicious iftar and suhoor.


The Pods

Inside a Glass Igloo

Here’s an opportunity to break your fast and dine with friends inside a glass igloo down in Bluewaters Island. The Pods offer a four-course set menu from inside their cozy (you guessed it) pods, from which you can people-watch and view the Arabian Sea and Dubai Marina. Fans of Pan-Asian dining will be able to choose from Korean chicken baos, black cod miso, Thai green curries, and Wagyu tenderloin steak.

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Reif Kushiyaki and Hoe Lee Kow

Japanese and Middle Eastern Fusion

One of the UAE’s most celebrated and award-winning owner-chefs, Reif Othman, offers not one but two iftar selections this year between his two restaurants in Dubai Hills and the OG Reif Kushiyaki in Dar Wasl. Reif Kushiyaki leans on the chef’s expertise in Japanese cuisine while weaving in Middle Eastern touches in a homage to the occasion. Expect spicy chickpea miso soup, lamb kushiyaki with yuzu yogurt, and a date matcha castella with coconut ice cream. 

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