Best for vegans – The Daily, Rove Healthcare City
On Saturday, May 25, The Daily restaurant is offering a vegan Iftar menu, served from sunset until 10pm. This is part of an ongoing collaboration between Rove, Flavors by Zendy and Dubai Vegan Days, and features five courses of healthy, meat-free creations. Highlights include the roasted tempeh with smoked barbecue sauce; a mushroom, barley and okra stew; and jackfruit curry. For dessert, there will be raw chocolate orange cake. Demand is expected to be high, so book early. Price is AED99 for adults, AED49 for children. Call 04 561 9200.
Best for going all-out – Westin Dubai Mena Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina
The Westin has turned its Serdaal Ballroom into the perfect destination for Iftar, from sunset until 9.30pm. There is a huge buffet, with Middle Eastern dishes, hot and cold mezze, mixed grills, a dedicated shawarma corner and lamb ouzi, plus European and Indian food, sushi and pasta, and also desserts, from Arabic sweets to a Turkish delight corner, and even a live Turkish ice cream station, as well as live entertainment. Suhoor follows on the Serdaal terrace, with food trucks and shisha. Price is AED155 for adults, AED55 for children under 12 (under six is free). Call 04 511 7373.
Best for Burj Khalifa views – The Restaurant, Address Downtown
There is an amazing LED show lighting up the Burj Khalifa this Ramadan, every hour from Sunday-Wednesday, and every 30 minutes from Thursday-Saturday. So why not grab an Iftar with a ringside seat? The Restaurant at Address Downtown has a lavish buffet, with light and modern décor, and relaxing private spaces that replicate the feel of a home environment. Served from sunset until 9pm, with à la carte options afterwards. Price is AED210 for ages 11 and above, children six-10 get 50 per cent off, children below five are free. Call 04 888 3444.
Best for seafood – The Fish House, InterContinental Dubai Festival City
If you want a change from the usual Iftar fare, The Fish House offers a light, fresh take when it comes to breaking the fast. Indulge with platters of mezze, salads and calamari, as well as salmon fillet and swordfish cooked on the charcoal grill. This modern restaurant is known for the quality of its seafood, with dishes inspired by the region’s fishing and pearl-diving heritage. You also get views of the bay and the Imagine light and laser show. Served from 6pm-11pm, AED150 per person, or AED250 for two people, including two soft drinks per person. Call 04 701 1127.
Best for thrills – Dubai Parks & Resorts
Only in Dubai could you experience breaking the fast in a theme park. Dubai Parks & Resorts is offering Iftars at its Bollywood Parks and Motiongate destinations. Bollywood Parks is open daily from 3pm-11pm, with Iftar in its Ramadan tent from 7pm-10pm – Iftar and shows at the Rajmahal Theatre costs AED50, plus AED10 per ride, or pay AED99 for unlimited access to everything. For Motiongate, park entry and Iftar costs AED260 all-in, open from 2pm-10pm, or 11pm at weekends, with food served from 6pm-9pm. Call 04 820 0000.
Best for staying over – Wyndham Dubai Marina
After a big Iftar feast in the evening, followed by Suhoor snacks and shisha late into the night, it can feel like an effort to make it back home again. Luckily, the Wyndham Dubai Marina feels the same way, and has come up with a tempting Ramadan staycation package – starting at AED230. As well as a room, you also get a 20 per cent discount across all restaurants and in-room dining, including Iftar at the Alloro restaurant – known for its sophisticated Italian cuisine, serving schiacciata flatbreads with a range of toppings, rather than simple pizza. Call 04 407 8888.