With Ramadan in full gear, most people are excitedly planning which iftars to try around town – but why should the sunset meal get all the love? The start of a fast can feel just as festive as the break of one, which is why Savoir Flair rounds up the top ten places to have suhoor in Dubai, each with a distinct personality of its own.
Fit for a Queen
Qasr Al Sultan
If you have yet to discover Qasr Al Sultan, a heritage and lifestyle destination reminiscent of a sultan’s palace, now is the perfect time to do so as this Ramadan marks the debut of its air-conditioned ‘Dome Tent’. Suhoor will be served from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. alongside live entertainment and a festive atmosphere.
Price: AED 150 per person
Tel: 800 785826
Journey back to the deserts of Dubai circa 1970 by indulging in a traditional suhoor with Platinum Heritage. You’ll arrive at a luxurious, lantern-lit bedouin camp in a vintage Land Rover, and then greeted by platters of Emirati cuisine, traditional music, shisha, and games.
Taking place from midnight till 4:30 a.m., the suhoor will also grant you access to a camel ride as well as a resident astronomer delving into how bedouins relied on the stars for navigation and storytelling purposes in an unforgettable session.
Price: AED 295 per person
(+971) 4 388 4044
Change of Pace
The gorgeous terrace at modern Mediterranean eatery 3in1, Vida Downtown, is easily its most popular feature – and it’s open for suhoor all through Ramadan. You can escape the chaos of the city here from 10 p.m. until 2 a.m., dining on both Arabic and international delicacies served at your table. The best bit? The menu is à la carte, so you can commence your fast with a lighter meal if you wish.
(+971) 4 888 3444
Docked at Dawn
Queen Elizabeth 2
13-deck ship Queen Elizabeth 2 is steeped in history (a whopping 1,400 voyages and almost 2.5 million passengers in 39 years), yet continues her legacy as a 224-room floating hotel and entertainment destination that is docked permanently at Port Rashid. 2018 marks the first time she will host suhoor, which will take place at a purpose-built majlis on the ship’s largest deck.
Here, you can dine on an Arabian buffet rife with live cooking stations, traditional Emirati dishes, fresh salads, hot and cold mezze, and plenty of desserts from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. And while you’re at it, you can cross boarding this iconic vessel off your Dubai bucket list.
Price: AED 175 per person
(+971) 4 526 8888
A Taste of Home
Emirati cuisine is surprisingly underrepresented on Dubai’s dining scene, but Seven Sands has managed to showcase its rich flavors with real authenticity, making it a great spot in which to experience Ramadan in Dubai. Located at The Beach, JBR, the eatery will host a set menu for suhoor from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., serving traditional dishes such as ‘Chicken Fouga’, ‘Harees’, ‘Aseeda Bobar’ and the always popular ‘Legemat’ topped with date syrup and sesame seeds.
Price: AED 147 per person
(+971) 4 551 6652
La Petite Maison
Taking a (refreshingly) different approach to Ramadan is DIFC-based eatery La Petite Maison, encouraging people to both start and break their fast in a healthy way. Served from 7 p.m. to 11:30 p.m., the specially created à la carte menu is rife with protein-packed Mediterranean dishes to provide long-lasting energy with healthy carbohydrates, lean protein, high fiber, and fruit in order to help ward off hunger the following day.
Expect to dine on starters such as ‘Lentil Salad’ and ‘Taboulé de Quinoa’, and mains like ‘Baby Chicken’, ‘Salt-Baked Seabass’, ‘Grilled Lamb Cutlets’ and ‘Gnocchi à la Tomate Fraîche’.
(+971) 4 439 0505
MusicHall gets a drastic makeover during the month of Ramadan, with the live music venue transforming into a nostalgic theater-meets-majlis of sorts. From 9 p.m. to 2 a.m., guests can enjoy an à la carte suhoor menu featuring Lebanese cuisine alongside live performances showcasing talent from the Arab world.
Price: Minimum spend of AED 200 per person
(+971) 4 447 6646
Style Meets Substance
Pierre’s Bistro & Bar
Joining forces for a stylish, ladies-only suhoor are Pierre’s Bistro & Bar and Robinsons, promising an evening like no other. A delectable menu of arancini croquettes, tuna tataki, eggplant caviar, raspberry cheesecake, macarons, and more will be served as diners experience the latest fashion and beauty trends available at the department store through a special trunk show. Suhoor will be hosted each Wednesday evening during the month of Ramadan from 9:30 p.m. to 3 a.m.
Price: AED 150 per person
(+971) 4 701 1127
The Great Escape
Burj Al Arab
If you’re willing to (sort of) overlook the hefty price tag and splurge on an unforgettable suhoor, the ‘Royal Suhoor’ at Burj Al Arab is where it’s at. Available for up to six guests, the luxe 75-square-meter ‘Royal Cabanas’ offer total privacy, a poolside suhoor menu, butler-inspired service, and views overlooking the Dubai skyline.
Price: AED 2,400 per cabana
(+971) 4 301 7600
Clinton Street Baking Company
New York City’s greatest export is not only open for business as always, but it’s also serving a special Ramadan set menu from sunset until 1 a.m. The mains at Clinton Street Baking Company are hearty and comforting – everyone’s favorite fried chicken and waffles included – but it’s the choice of desserts that you can look forward to most. While you can’t really go wrong with the “pancake of the day”, we recommend giving the date cake with warm maple butter a try.
Price: AED 152.25 per person
(+971) 4 428 1331