This Ramadan season, why not spice things up a little?
Tents are going up, lanterns are being hung, and lamb ouzi and umm ali are being prepared in almost every kitchen in town. We could try a different iftar and suhoor every night of Ramadan and still not have tasted them all. However, if you find yourself looking for an extraordinary affair — something different, something special, and something that truly makes your night magical, then look no further.
Below, Savoir Flair rounds up the most unique iftar and suhoor experiences in Dubai (and beyond) for something a little extra with which to break your fast.
Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding
An Evening of History, Culture, and Heritage
For anyone who wants to experience an iftar immersed in Emirati culture and traditions, head over to the wind-tower houses in the heart of Dubai in the Al Fahidi Historical Neighborhood. As part of the Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Centre for Cultural Understanding, Emirati hosts will welcome you and break fast with you after the call to prayer. As you dine on an array of local cuisine, they will happily tell you more about Emirati culture and Ramadan, and answer any questions you may have. Afterwards, you will have the opportunity to visit the local mosque. For families and big groups, the venue offers activities for children, too.
Each week has a different theme, from live cooking, Arabic calligraphy, and popular board games to henna and traditional clothing. It really is a special experience, and even if you have lived in the UAE for years, it is well worth the visit.
Price: AED195 Adults/AED95 Ages 7-12
+971 4 353 6666
A Dreamy Soirée
This Ramadan, Bulgari Resort Dubai is offering a dreamy iftar under the stars at its Bulgari Majlis, an enchanting al fresco venue set to the backdrop of the waves of the Arabian Sea. Decorated along the theme of ‘Wonders of Love,’ guests can expect an exceptional iftar with an ever-changing menu featuring the best of both Eastern and Western cuisine. Marrying Bulgari’s Italian roots with signature Arabic flavors, the Bulgari Majlis iftar delights all the senses, from the exquisitely curated buffet to the enchanting sounds of traditional music. The garden is located at the Bulgari Yacht Club and features an olive tree — an important, ancient symbol in both Italian and Arabic cultures — prominently positioned in its center. Editor’s note: Don’t miss the crêperie station at the dessert table.
+971 4 777 5433
Mleiha Archaeological Centre
Iftar Under the Stars
Mleiha Archaeological Centre is the ideal location to celebrate Ramadan in a tranquil environment, away from the hustle and bustle of the city. The delicious iftar meal is served in the lounge, creating a relaxed and intimate atmosphere for friends and family to share the joy of breaking their fast. Through the night, a variety of activities are available. For a bit of friendly competition, challenge your friends and family to a game of carrom, or let the little ones play in the dedicated play area. Guests can also capture memories of the evening with a photo-op and a short ride on one of the park’s friendly horses. With a location in the heart of the desert, Mleiha offers a unique backdrop for guests to take in the beauty of the surroundings and reflect on the significance of the occasion.
Price: AED250 Adult/AED150 Kids
+971 6 802 1111
The Terrace Between the Towers
Building on the success of its recurring majlis, Jumeirah Emirates Towers offers another exceptional Ramadan experience this year. Situated at The Terrace Between the Towers, the space provides a lavish iftar and suhoor buffet with live-cooking stations featuring Middle Eastern and global culinary favorites. Diners can also enjoy traditional music performances to enhance the ambiance.
+971 4 366 6065
Madinat Jumeirah Al Majlis
A Lavish and Authentic Majlis
One of the most stunning settings in Dubai, Madinat Jumeirah Al Majlis, is back at it again. You can expect all the usual suspects — hot and cold mezze, traditional biryanis, and some world-famous luqaimat – plus a range of international fare, all while enjoying the luxurious surroundings of the enchanting venue. It’s no wonder this one’s so enormously popular with the city’s residents. Editor’s note: Reserve (well) in advance as the tables tend to book up rather quickly.
+971 4 366 6065
A Banquet With the Music of the Night
Dubai Opera is once again transforming its stage into a banquet hall and opening up its doors for one of the most exciting and unconventional iftars of the season. Be prepared for a sumptuous feast of traditional and international food, as well as first-class entertainment. Live oud players and other musicians will be present to keep you and your loved ones entertained. Exceptional food with enough variety to please everyone, a live carving station, and of course, service of the highest order all make this a one-of-a-kind iftar experience certainly not one to miss.
Price: From AED580 for 2 pax
+971 4 440 8888
A Private Cinema Screening
For those who prefer a more intimate setting, Paramount Hotel’s Screening Room offers an exceptional suhoor experience where guests can share a meal while enjoying their favorite movies on a large screen with surround sound. You can also choose to watch a sporting event, home video, or anything else you desire while preparing for the next day’s fast.
Price: From AED2,500
+971 4 2466641
On the Water
Experience an unforgettable Ramadan celebration aboard the legendary Queen Elizabeth 2. Take in breathtaking views while sharing a memorable meal with loved ones at The Pavilion, indulge in the delectable flavors of Arabic cuisine (as well as an array of sumptuous dishes from around the globe) at the Lido Restaurant, or host an exceptional event in one of the ship’s unique venues.
Price: AED159 Adults/AED80 Ages 6-11
+971 600 500 400
Meliá Desert Palm
A Private In-Villa Iftar
Maybe you’re not ready to venture into the full-on, buffet-style, giant tents of Ramadans past, or perhaps you just prefer a more private and intimate iftar without all the work that goes into it – and that’s okay. We have an iftar for you. Meliá Desert Palm is offering an in-villa package designed with families and close friends in mind. Break your fast in a peaceful and private setting, and celebrate until suhoor, because this one comes with an overnight stay in a luxurious two-bedroom villa that can sleep up to eight people. No cooking or cleanup is required — the staff will set up your mouthwatering iftar in the dining room for you to enjoy in complete privacy. Featuring all of your favorite Emirati dishes, traditional Arabic flavors and foods, and perhaps a dip or two in the private pool, this is truly an irresistible experience. We can already hear the kunafa calling.
Price: AED3,800 for 6 pax/AED250 each additional person
+971 04 602 9328
Emirates Bio Farm
Nourish Your Soul
One of the UAE’s secret hidden gems, Emirates Bio Farm in Al Ain is hosting an unforgettable farm-to-table iftar. Visit the farm and break your fast with the freshest produce and organic ingredients grown right where you are. It’s nourishment for your body as well as your soul, and an experience unlike any other. We know you won’t regret it.
+971 3 783 8422
Commune with Nature
Aventura Parks, Dubai’s biggest zipline park and obstacle course, is offering a special deal for Ramadan. This month, families are invited to enjoy an inclusive package of delicious meals and access to the park, all while surrounded by luscious ghaf trees and beautiful natural scenery. Plus, every weekend, an arts-and-crafts station will be available to add an extra-special touch to your visit. For group iftars, Aventura Parks has got you covered, too. Special offers are available for an extensive buffet for a minimum of 10 people. The park is open daily, with extended hours on weekends.
Price: AED249 Adults/AED199 Kids
+971 52 6245007
Swing and Savor
This Ramadan, Topgolf is allowing you to enjoy dinner and practice your golf swing at the same time. Gather a group of at least 35 people and treat yourselves to a delectable buffet filled with your favorite Ramadan dishes. With unique spaces such as the Terrace, Bay, Yard Upper Deck, or Garden, you’ll find the perfect spot to enjoy a night filled with fun games and entertainment. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or a newbie to the sport, good times are guaranteed.
Price: from AED195
+971 4 371 9999