Your guide to Dubai’s most luxurious Iftars this Ramadan
Ramadan is finally here, bringing with it festive nights and sumptuous gatherings. And in tow, Dubai’s dining scene becomes all about the splendid Iftars. From traditional Arabic favourites to the most luxurious of settings, here are the grandest spots to break your fast this holy month.
Bulgari Resort Dubai
Looking for the five-star treatment? It’s in full swing at Bulgari Resort’s first ever Majilis. The new hotspot, open from sunset late into the night, is where diners come to revel in true Ramadan style in the most intimate, plush Arabian setting. Whether it’s the lavish spread of regional specialities or the gentle strains from the oud player, the warm ambience here offers a spectacular way of celebrating Ramadan.
Ever wondered what it would be like to dine in a grand opera house? Well now you can actually make that happen! Get ready to break your fast in the most unique setting this Ramadan as Dubai Opera’s auditorium gets transformed into a magnificent banquet hall for Iftar. Dine on local favourites to the soft melodies of live Arabic entertainment, then hit the special pop up market located in the foyer for a sweet spot of shopping.
Majlis at Madinat Jumeriah
With lavish décor (including a 25-metre customised chandelier) and an extensive oriental buffet, Majlis is popular amongst hardcore culinary fans. This is where seasonal diners come to embark on a culinary journey of traditional delicacies and the very best in Arabic cuisine, all alongside live entertainment. With the capacity to cater up to 1,000 people, we suggest booking one of their private majlis and well in advance or miss out on one of Ramadan’s hottest spots – this Iftar has quite the serious waiting list!
Palazzo Versace’s Giardiono sets the tone for an unconventionally stylish Iftar. Set amidst marble terrazzo flooring, columns as well as Versace inspired wallcovering, the light and airy restaurant offers a fresh and different spin on the traditional Ramadan tent. Although the scene might be international, their sumptuous buffet on offer is every bit Middle Eastern, rife with traditional Arabic dishes such as lamb ouzi, succulent kebabs and a delicious rotisserie.
Located on the 122nd floor of Burj Khalifa, Iftars don’t get any higher than this. Experience the best view of Dubai and book a window table, while you break your fast dining on hot and cold dishes for starters, meat and seafood for main courses, and dessert to finish off.
The Palace Downtown
Revel in true Ramadan style at this perennial favourite. Elegant settings and Arabian tradition meet at Ewaan, the Palace Downtown’s annual Ramadan tent. Enjoy flavoursome Middle Eastern favourites in a peaceful setting that spills from the terrace into the gardens. One of Dubai’s most serene Iftar locations, away from the hustle and bustle of the city, this is the perfect place to recharge, reboot and get ready for round 2 of dining (Suhoor).