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Updated March 2023
As Ramadan 2023 approaches, Muslims around the world are preparing themselves to observe one of the five pillars of Islam – the Ramadan fast. During the holy month, Muslims abstain from food and drink from dawn until dusk. To break the fast at sunset, Muslims have Iftar, which is the meal that marks the end of the daily fast during Ramadan.
To make the experience more enjoyable, many venues and restaurants in Dubai have arranged exquisite Iftar buffets and tables this year. If you are planning to break your fast outside, here is a list of recommendations for Dubai Iftar buffet events in 2023.
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Why opt for Iftar buffet?
In Dubai, an iftar buffet is a popular option during the holy month of Ramadan. It offers a wide range of dishes, including traditional Ramadan delicacies, which provides an opportunity to try out new dishes and flavors. Iftar buffet also provides a convenient option where people can break their fast with a variety of dishes without having to cook or clean up.
Iftar buffets in Dubai 2023
Dubai is known for its luxurious iftar buffets that offer a wide range of cuisines from around the world. It is a great opportunity for families, friends, and colleagues to get together and socialize while enjoying delicious food in a festive atmosphere with decorations and music.
Expo City Surreal waterfalls
Expo City is set to introduce a unique dining experience called Surreal, which offers a fancy waterfall experience during sunset. This first-of-its-kind gravity-defying water feature combines water, fire, and music to create stunning 13-metre-high walls swept over by seemingly upward-flowing water. The Surreal corporate Iftar hosted by Address Hotels is an exceptional way to enjoy the surreal atmosphere while indulging in an extensive buffet, live cooking stations, and communal dining in the Mobility District.
In addition to the corporate Iftar, À la carte menus will be available at all outlets from 8 PM to 1 AM daily. These menus will showcase a variety of cuisine styles, such as Punjabi-inspired dishes from Khaojee by Rohit Ghai, Lebanese-inspired cuisine by Chef Athanasios Kargatzidis from the award-winning Baron and Friends, Khaleeji dishes from popular Saudi Arabian restaurant Dukhnaah, and special Ramadan desserts from Bread Ahead and Lilly’s Café.
Prices for both Iftar events start at AED 250 per person, while the Suhour meal costs AED 225 per person. Children six and under dine for free, and those aged 12 and under are eligible for a half-price discount.
As part of its offerings during the month of Ramadan, the Dubai Opera will be presenting an exquisite Iftar buffet from 23 March to 19 April 2023, daily from sunset to 9.30 PM. In addition to its world-class performances, the Dubai Opera will transform its auditorium into a dining area with Arabian decor to provide a unique and enchanting experience for diners.
The Iftar buffet will feature a diverse range of dishes, including international cuisine and authentic Arabic specialities. Guests can indulge in carving stations and a spread of sugary delights and desserts. Refreshing Ramadan juices will also be available to complement the meal.
Bookings can be made online for a table that accommodates up to 10 people. For larger groups, guests can contact the Dubai Opera team to make arrangements. It is important to dress modestly to gain entry into the Dubai Opera during Ramadan.
The Dubai Opera Iftar is priced at AED 290 for individuals aged 12 and above and AED 145 for children between the ages of 5 and 12.
Get ready to indulge in an unforgettable Iftar experience with Chef Kelvin Cheung’s unique touch of Mandarin flavors at Jun’s. The Iftar will start with a warm bowl of Miso Butternut Squash Soup, accompanied by dates and a refreshing welcome drink. The Mezze platter will feature vine leaves, Jun’s hummus, and Chinese lumpia, while the mains will include Malaysian wagyu short rib mandi clay pot rice, sweet and sour snapper, braised lamb neck congee, and other delectable dishes. Guests can end their meal on a sweet note with desserts like sticky date pudding and luqaimat.
Jun’s Iftar buffet is priced at AED 200 per person, offering excellent value for money for the extravagant spread of dishes on offer. You can book your table here.
Experience an extraordinary Iftar meal curated by Chef Ross Shonhan at Netsu, complete with a tantalizing spread of dishes that will leave you craving more. Begin with the mouth-watering tuna tataki and wagyu beef cuts before moving on to savour Netsu’s signature Maki rolls and spicy hot stone rice. End the meal on a sweet note with the delightful cinnamon crème brulée dessert. All this can be enjoyed in the tranquil ambience of Netsu’s expansive outdoor terrace.
Netsu’s Iftar buffet is priced at AED 265 per adult and AED 150 for children below the age of 12 years. Kids under 4 can dine for free.
For booking, please call +97147772232 or send an email to [email protected].
Apricot Delicatessen whips up a finger-licking Anatolian and Mediterranean-inspired Iftar buffet of appetizers, Turkish soup and hot and cold mezze, signature main courses like Apricot tagine, slow-cooked lamb shank and Cappadocia manti, and desserts including golden tulumba and dondurma baked Alaska.
The Apricot Iftar buffet is priced at AED 260 per adult.
For booking, please call +97144339792 or send an email to [email protected].
The Sabaa Restaurant, situated within the Al Seef Heritage Hotel Dubai, Curio Collection by Hilton, provides an Arabic-inspired Iftar experience in Dubai with a traditional ambience. Customers have the opportunity to savour a variety of delectable foods, including saffron rice, ouzi, mixed meat grill, live cooking, and saj station. Additionally, they can indulge in various desserts, with the Camel Milk Cappuccino Creme Brulee being a standout option that should not be overlooked. The buffet starts from AED 125, and kids aged 6 to 12 get a discount of 50%.
For booking, please call +971588509073
Hampstead Bakery and Cafe
Take a quick trip to the UK with this West-London-inspired food joint, which provides a special iftar menu with stunning views of the Burj Khalifa from 6 PM till 8 PM. Their chicken and rice, Hamstead steak, and pain perdu are the must-try items.
Hampstead’s Iftar Buffet is priced at AED 89 for two courses and AED 119 for three courses.
For booking, please call +971505830155 or send an email to [email protected].
Indulge in a distinctive iftar set menu at Atelier M that features a selection of delectable dishes, including arugula salad, spinach rigatoni, 12-hour slow-cooked lamb shoulder, roasted chicken, saffron milk cake, and others. Additionally, all customers who opt for the iftar menu will receive free water. This deal is available for diners who choose to eat at the lounge, rooftop, or restaurant. The buffet starts from AED 149.
For booking, please call +971-4-450-7766
Marriott Al Jaddaf
Aqua Chill at the Marriott Al Jaddaf will be serving an Iftar buffet with a variety of barbequed meats and veggies as well as a long list of Ramadan drinks throughout the month of Ramadan from sunset till 9:00 PM.
The BBQ Iftar buffet is priced at AED 250 per person. Marriott Al Jaddaf is offering a discount of 40% per diner during the first week of Ramadan.
Grand Millenium Hotel
If you’re looking to try some new flavours this Iftar, go for the Italian Iftar buffet at the Bella Restaurant in the Grand Millenium Hotel. The hotel has organised the buffet from 7 PM till midnight.
Bella’s Iftar buffet is priced at AED 199 per adult for food only and AED 250 per adult for food plus Ramadan drinks.
For booking, please call +97148733334 or send an email to [email protected].
99 Sushi Restaurant & Bar
Give your Iftar a Japanese spin this year with 99 Sushi’s authentic flavours. The award-winning restaurant’s 12-course feast sees much-cherished signature dishes like wagyu gyozas, tiger prawn tempura and 99 foie and truffle nigiri.
99 Sushi’s Iftar buffet is priced at AED 235 per person.
For booking, please call +97145472241.
Burj Al Arab Jumeirah
Tantalize your tastebuds with authentic Middle-Eastern flavours at Burj Al Arab Jumeirah’s Al Iwan restaurant, Dubai’s quintessential Arabian dining experience. Al Iwan promises the best Arabesque dining in the city with traditional Ramadan dishes being served from sunset till 10:30 PM.
Al Iwan’s Iftar buffet is priced at AED 450 per adult and AED 250 for kids between 3 to 11 years of age.
For booking, please visit the restaurant’s website.
The H Hotel
The Crossing, a modern Indian restaurant at The H, offers two delightful five-course iftar menus, one vegetarian and one non-vegetarian. Highlights include the pan fried sea bass with a bottle masala glaze, mutton pulav and kofta with yoghurt and prune croquette.
The Crossing’s Iftar buffet is priced at AED 175 per person.
For booking, please visit the restaurant’s website or call +97144919695.
Holiday Inn Express
Satisfy your Mexican cravings with Muchachas at the Holiday Inn Express. Try their Mexican-inspired Iftar, served from sunset till 8:30 PM, and savour their street-style corn, burrito bowls, and must-have Muchachas churros.
Muchachas’ Ifar buffet is priced at AED 99 per person.
For booking, please visit the restaurant’s website or call +97043275878.
Palazzo Versace Dubai
Take a bite of luxury this Ramadan amidst the al fresco setting of the plush Hikayat Gardens, complete with the jaw-dropping backdrop of the Dubai Creek. Available from sunset till 8:30 PM, the Iftar buffet includes a generous spread of traditional Arabic delicacies.
Palazzo Versace’s Iftar buffet is priced at AED 250 per person aged 12 and above and at AED 125 for children between the ages of 5 to 11 years. Children under 4 years can dine for free.
For booking, please visit the restaurant’s website or call +97145568888.
The Rove Hotel is promoting the value of kindness during the Holy Month with an amazing deal called the ‘Pass It On’ offer. Customers can relish a delightful selection of Arabic and international dishes for only AED99 per individual and receive a complimentary voucher for another iftar meal for a family member, friend, colleague, neighbor, or someone in need. This free meal ticket can be redeemed at any of The Daily restaurants located in any Rove hotel outlet in the city, starting from the day after the initial purchase.
For booking, please visit the restaurant’s website or call +971 4 561 9999
Jumeirah Creekside Hotel
Nomad’s international iftar buffet offers a variety of options for customers to enjoy. There are live cooking stations, themed desserts, and traditional Ramadan drinks to indulge in, providing customers with a plethora of options to choose from.
The restaurant’s elegant interior and exceptional service make it an excellent value at only AED150 for adults and AED75 for children between four and eleven years old. Additionally, children below three years of age can dine for free.
For booking, please visit the restaurant’s website or call +971 4 230 8555