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Places to have Suhoor and Iftar in the UAE

by Tanvir Awan
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Ramadan in the UAE

As Ramadan begins, the UAE welcomes the holy month with a plethora of offerings for residents and visitors alike.

From sumptuous Iftar spreads to serene Suhoor settings, the country’s vibrant landscape of hotels, restaurants, and cultural venues come alive during this sacred time.

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As families and friends gather to break their fast and partake in meaningful traditions, establishments across the UAE have prepared an array of experiences to enrich the Ramadan journey.

Whether seeking traditional Arabic cuisine, luxurious dining experiences, or cultural immersion, there’s something to suit every taste and preference.

Places to have Suhoor and Iftar in the UAE

Dubai Newsweek explores some of the key destinations across the UAE where individuals can revel in the spirit of Ramadan and create lasting memories.

Atlantis The Royal

Atlantis The Royal invites guests to celebrate the Holy Month at several of its award-winning restaurants. Whether trying out Dubai’s newest gourmet dining hall Gastronomy with 17 live cooking stations, or taking home the perfect decadent desserts from Little Venice Cake Company, friends and family alike are invited to celebrate the spirit of Ramadan at Atlantis The Royal.

Gastronomy

Guests can look forward to special Ramadan delights at Dubai’s newest gourmet dining hall, Gastronomy. With 17 live cooking stations, four bars and an enticing array of over 100 delectable dishes, Gastronomy will feature Middle Eastern cuisine throughout the Holy Month of Ramadan, including slow-cooked whole lamb ouzi with oriental rice and roasted mixed nuts, shish taouk, lamb brochette, kofta kebab and lamb chops accompanied with various sauces such as garlic, tahina or harissa, to name a few. Diners can end the evening on a sweet note and choose from a wide variety of Arabic sweets, including zaatar manakish and cheese manakish.

Atlantis The Royal

Little Venice Cake Company

Little Venice Cake Company at Atlantis The Royal has launched an array of mouth-watering desserts to celebrate Ramadan. Guests can choose from a selection of specially handcrafted desserts such as toffee date cake with salted caramel, featuring layers of soft toffee date with salted caramel buttercream and molten salted caramel drip. Those craving a smaller bite can enjoy a toffee date cupcake with salted caramel and Swiss meringue buttercream, or the Ramadan nougat – light honey nougat with roasted pistachios, hazelnuts, almonds, apricots and cherries.

Signor Sassi

Signor Sassi, the jewel in the crown of Italian dining, invites guests to savour the essence of Italian cuisine during Suhour. Nestled in the heart of The Palm, Signor Sassi offers a unique experience for friends and family to come together and indulge in a delightful Suhour meal like no other.

Renowned for its authentic flavours and warm hospitality, Signor Sassi presents a menu with full portion meals meant to be shared amongst loved ones. From traditional Italian pastas, fresh seafood and steaks to delicious desserts and refreshing beverages, there’s something to entice every palate.

For those with a sweet tooth looking for something extra special Signor Sassi offers stunning homemade, baked to order celebration cakes. Choose from a decadent chocolate cake or an unbelievably good pistachio cake. Available in five different sizes, priced from Dhs600 for a cake suitable for a party of 8 to Dhs1,500 for a cake suitable for a party of 20. Cakes must be pre-ordered 24 hours in advance and can be enjoyed in the restaurant or taken away.

Guests can immerse in the alluring atmosphere of Signor Sassi, where every corner exudes the charm and elegance of Italy. Whether gathering with friends or celebrating with family, Signor Sassi offers the perfect setting to create unforgettable memories during this special time of the year.

Sumo Sushi & Bento

Sumo Sushi & Bento, the leading Japanese restaurant chain in the region, has announced the launch of two exclusive set meals for the holy month of Ramadan – the Keishoku Set Meal and the Omoi Set Meal. Designed to cater to the communal spirit of the season, each set meal is meticulously crafted to serve three people, offering a perfect blend of tradition and innovation.

In this special time of reflection and togetherness, Sumo Sushi & Bento invites families and friends to break their fast with a distinctive culinary journey that combines the rich heritage of Ramadan with the exotic flavors of Japanese cuisine. The Keishoku Set Meal and the Omoi Set Meal are thoughtfully composed to provide a balanced and fulfilling Iftar experience that respects the traditional fasting rituals while introducing a touch of Japanese elegance and taste.

Sumo Sushi & Bento

The Keishoku Set Meal is a delightful assortment of Sumo Sushi & Bento’s signature dishes, including a selection of fresh sushi, hearty tempura, and savory grilled items, accompanied by miso soup and steamed rice. This set is a homage to the classic Japanese meal, offering a variety of textures and flavors to satisfy every palate.

The Omoi Set Meal is the more indulgent option, featuring an array of premium sushi and sashimi, alongside exquisite grilled specialties and tempura delights. This set is designed for those looking to elevate their Iftar experience with a touch of luxury and an array of sumptuous flavors.

Julianne Holt-Kailihiwa, CEO, Sumo International Inc. LLC said, “We are excited to introduce our special Ramadan set meals, which are a testament to our commitment to providing unique and memorable dining experiences. The Keishoku and Omoi sets are a reflection of our dedication to blending cultural traditions with the innovative flavours of Japanese cuisine, and we hope they will bring joy and satisfaction to our guests during this blessed month.”

The Keishoku and Omoi set meals are available at all Sumo Sushi & Bento outlets throughout Ramadan. Guests are encouraged to make reservations in advance to ensure a seamless and enjoyable Iftar experience.

Bellini Café

The luxurious Bellini Café located within the Mr. C Residences in Jumeirah has introduced an exclusive set menu for the month of Ramadan, showcasing classic Italian flavours alongside world-class European hospitality. With serene views of the Dubai Canal, the newly opened café is an exciting addition to the Bellini restaurant collection worldwide. Renowned for their commitment to bringing the best of Italian cuisine, the new Dubai destination is no different, making it a quintessential place to enjoy a beautiful iftar during the month of Ramadan.

Guests can break their fast with dates and coffee; followed by a choice of appetizers including a flavoursome surprise of Soup of the Day, Farro Salad made with cherry tomatoes, black olives, and asparagus, or the classic Chicken Salad, presented exquisitely for the start of the meal.

Bellini Café

For the main event, the menu includes a selection of some of Bellini Café’s guest-favourite dishes. Options include the Tagliardi, dressed in Black truffle di Norcia sauce, Traditional Lasagna ‘alla Bolognese, tender Lamb Chops with sautéed spinach and carrot Purée as well as a hearty portion of Branzino with a side of parsnip purée, concassé tomatoes, olives, and capers, making this an Iftar to remember.

The tranquil evening can be concluded with a selection of Bellini Café’s Assorted Miniature Desserts, made fresh daily and giving an ode to traditional European flavours and quality.

For residents looking to observe an intimate Iftar with exceptional flavours, Bellini Café also offers the option for takeaways on their extensive selection of pastries and desserts, perfect for guests to include in their own homes, or for gifting loved ones.

Tucked away from the city crowds, and bringing a world of exceptional culinary to the city, Bellini Café promises to be a place where everyone is invited to come together this Ramadan.

Queen Elizabeth 2 Hotel in Dubai

Experience the essence of Ramadan in unparalleled style aboard the historic Queen Elizabeth 2 Hotel in Dubai. As the holy month approaches, the hotel is excited to present its exceptional Ramadan offerings, including the one-of-a-kind Iftar Al Malika, exclusive events, and the Ramadan Staycation, designed to create unforgettable moments for you and your loved ones.

Ramadan in the UAE

Immerse yourself in the rich flavors of Arabic cuisine complemented by an array of international favorites at Lido Restaurant, indulge in unique staycation package, and organize magnificent bespoke event gatherings. The Queen Elizabeth 2 becomes a vibrant epicenter of cultural and culinary celebration, seamlessly blending tradition and heritage to offer an extraordinary Ramadan experience.

Iftar Al Malika

Embark on an extraordinary gastronomic journey this Ramadan with lavish Iftar Al Malika at the Lido Restaurant. The sumptuous Ramadan Iftar buffet in Dubai features an array of food stations offering a variety of traditional delicacies that showcase the best of Middle Eastern cuisine as well as international favourites. Highlights include lamb ouzi with oriental rice, an assortment of specialty dishes, succulent grills, wide selection of mezzes, and exquisite desserts.

Hilton Abu Dhabi Yas Island

The chic hotel, Hilton Abu Dhabi Island, welcomes the Holy Month and invites guests to enjoy an authentic Arabic spread for Iftar and Suhoor in The Courtyard.

Guests can relish an exquisite Iftar buffet al fresco at The Courtyard while enjoying live entertainment. The menu includes refreshing Ramadan juices, heartwarming soups like lentil and harira, a range of hot and cold mezze including hummus, moutabel, fattoush and stuffed vine leaves, to name a few.

Hilton Abu Dhabi Yas Island

Diners will be spoilt for choice with numerous delectable mains including lamb okra, samak harra, butter chicken, vegetable saloona, and shrimp biryani among others. In addition, guests can stop by at the live cooking stations serving mixed grills, lamb Ouzi, chicken shawarma, falafel, manakish and pasta.

The menu also includes decadent desserts like Emirati luqaimat, honey cake (made with honey produced from the hotel’s beehives), katayef, umm ali, kunafa and assorted baklava.

Suhoor

Throughout the Holy Month, The Courtyard will also serve Suhoor with set and a la carte menu options. Guests can expect a nutritious meal to keep them fuelled for the day. The menu includes dishes such as shakshouka, hummus, fruit bowl, lamb makanek, shish tawook and desserts. Tea and coffee will also be available.

Movenpick Resort Al Marjan Island

At Movenpick Resort Al Marjan Island guests are promised a wonderful Ramadan that immerses them in the rich traditions and flavours of this holy month at Layali Al Marjan.

To further enhance the essence of Ramadan, Movenpick Resort Al Marjan Island is delighted to announce an exciting Early Bird Offer.

When booked before March 20, guests are entered into a prize draw that will see one lucky person win an unforgettable Umrah Experience.

This incredible prize includes flights and accommodation, for two people.

Proving the perfect excuse to book early, Iftar at Layali Al Marjan beautifully embodies the spirit of giving, sharing and community.

Available daily from sunset to 9 pm, guests can enjoy the Iftar buffet inclusive of soft beverages and Ramadan juices for Dhs160 per person.

Children aged between 6 and 12 dine for Dhs80, while children under 6 dine complimentary.

For those seeking an unforgettable Ramadan experience, Layali Al Marjan promises an oasis of tranquillity, where cherished traditions come to life in a setting of unparalleled beauty and hospitality.

Waldorf Astoria DIFC

The holy month of Ramdan is all about spending time with loved ones, and as with every year, Waldorf Astoria DIFC is honouring the occasion with a host of curated experiences and gifts to be cherished throughout March until April.

From a delicious sharing Iftar experience at Bull and Bear where diners are invited to indulge in delectable cuts with an Arabian twist, to the peaceful ambiance of Suhoor at St. Trop which combines the beauty of the night sky with an enticing à la carte menu and varied shisha options – Waldorf Astoria DIFC has you covered this celebration

Iftar at Bull & Bear

Enjoy a specially curated Iftar at the award-winning Bull & Bear, which for the Holy Month has added an Arabic-inspired twist to the celebrated everyday menu. Diners can look forward to an à la carte Iftar including classics such as Josper grilled flat bread with dips, red lentil soup and Bull & Bear’s take on an Iftar mixed grill. In addition to the classic dishes, guests can also choose from mouthwatering options such as lamb melanzane, homemade Mediterranean oriental rice and some sweet delicacies such as cheese kunafa, Arabian dates sticky toffee pudding, and carrot sliced baklava.

Suhoor at St. Trop

The Suhoor experience at St. Trop features an a unique à la carte menu, allowing guests to choose from a variety of dishes that are available from midnight until 3 AM. This flexibility allows individuals to customise their Suhoor according to their preferences and dietary needs.

Ramadan at Waldorf Astoria DIFC

As diners relish in the Suhoor, they’re also able to take in the breathtaking night sky and views of the city whilst take in elements of traditional Middle Eastern hospitality.

During Ramadan, the venue serves shisha, offering guests the opportunity to enjoy the aromatic and social aspect of this popular Middle Eastern pastime. Additionally, Arabic coffee and traditional Moroccan mint tea are served, providing a touch of authenticity to the Suhoor experience.

Palazzo Versace Dubai

Indulge in the enchanting allure of Palazzo Versace Dubai, the city’s most fashionable urban resort, as it sets the stage for an extraordinary celebration during Ramadan. Embrace the essence of the season with a captivating array of lavish experiences meticulously crafted by Palazzo Versace Dubai, specially designed to mark the occasion.

Throughout this holy month, immerse yourself in opulence with Palazzo Versace Dubai’s enticing Iftar and Suhoor dining offers, luxurious Ramadan staycation packages, and rejuvenating offerings at The SPA.

Palazzo Versace Dubai

Gather your loved ones and create unforgettable memories as you enjoy a range of unique gastronomic experiences and authentic Middle Eastern culinary creations across the popular Hikayat Ramadan Garden and Palazzo Versace Dubai’s signature restaurants. Observe timeless traditions and delve into the authentic spirit of Ramadan at the most iconic address nestled in the heart of Dubai.

Hikayat Ramadan Garden

Returning for another year, Palazzo Versace Dubai is bringing back the sophisticated ambiance of its Hikayat Ramadan Garden. Renowned for its elevated hospitality, the hotel invites guests for a lavish Suhoor experience amidst the captivating backdrop of the Dubai Creek. Surrounded by luscious palm trees and offering views of the glittering waters of Dubai Creek, the Hikayat Ramadan Garden offers a blissful setting for Suhoor beneath the twinkling stars.

Starting from 9:30pm to 3am, diners can enjoy an exquisite a la carte menu for Suhoor, featuring a diverse array of international culinary delights. Infused with authentic Arabian décor, the Hikayat Ramadan Garden serves as the ideal location for both intimate and large-scale group gatherings during Ramadan, where guests can tastefully commemorate the essence of the Holy Month in a stylish manner.

Fairmont Hotels and Resorts

Fairmont Hotels and Resorts has unveiled its exclusive offering for the Holy Month of Ramadan at its breathtaking Fairmont Ajman property. The luxurious beach resort hotel is set to host unforgettable Iftar and Suhoor experiences, with a delectable feast under a luxurious outdoor garden tent boasting scenic views of the pristine Arabian Gulf.

Fairmont Ajman Beach Resort invites guests to experience the magical ambiance of the Al Fayruz Ramadan Outdoor Garden Tent, nestled within the lush surroundings of the hotel. Patrons can anticipate an exquisite fusion of flavours and cherished moments during the opulent Iftar and Suhoor feasts.

Fairmont Hotels and Resorts

Presented in a buffet-style format, guests will be treated to a delightful selection of traditional Ramadan dishes, including Lentil Soup, a variety of hot and cold mezzes such as Vine Leaves, Hummus, Moutabel, Fattoush, and Tabbouleh, Spinach and Cheese Samosas, a salad bar, a Lamb Ouzi corner, and a selection of main courses including Chicken Biryani, Butter Chicken, Mixed Grill, and Lamb Molokya, all complemented by a selection of refreshing beverages.

Nestled within the Pearl Garden at the Fairmont Ajman Beach Resort, guests can unwind in the exquisite tent, adorned with twinkling lights, while soaking in the breathtaking panoramic views of the waters, crafting an idyllic and serene ambiance. The Al Fayruz tent will also offer daily live Arabic entertainment and Shisha service, flawlessly capturing the essence of Ramadan.

Koko Bay

During the month of Ramadan, Koko Bay warmly invites guests to gather with their loved ones for a memorable Iftar meal on the beach. Indulge in Koko Bay’s delectable A La Carte menu, whilst taking in surreal vistas of the sun setting upon the Dubai Marina and relaxing in the serene seaside atmosphere.

Throughout the month of Ramadan, indulge in Koko Bay’s sharing style menu, starting iftar with delicious soups, hot and cold appetizers and refreshing salads. For the main course, guests can feast on perfectly grilled meats, flavorsome Asian options, and exotic maki rolls amongst others.

Koko Bay

As for seafood lovers, guests indulge in fresh seafood including prawns, lobsters, octopus and much more. For a sweet finish to an idyllic evening, diners can treat themselves to irresistible desserts including a sharing dessert platter that comes brimming with tropical fruits, berries, basque cheesecake, tres leches cake and a delicious trio of mochis.

Inspired by the gorgeous beaches of Bali with a cuisine mix of far East Asian and European comforts, Koko Bay is set to welcome the city for a unique iftar experience this Ramadan.

Amelia Restaurant and Lounge

With stunning interiors, award-winning cuisine, impeccable service, and an electric atmosphere, Amelia is THE place to break your fast at sunset.

Amelia Restaurant and Lounge

Amelia has curated an exceptional Iftar menu for Dhs295 per person available daily during the month Ramadan from 6pm to 9pm.

Zenon

Derived from creativity and innovation, Zenon’s distinctive concept offers a richly varied culinary adventure within a venue designed to make a lasting impact, inspired by ancient mythology but embellished with opulence.

Zenon restaurant Dubai

More than just a dining destination, Zenon transports guests into a realm where innovation, art, and gastronomy blend harmoniously, reshaping perceptions of dining. It represents a futuristic vision that revolutionizes the core of dining and entertainment.

Find out about Zenon’s curated set Ramadan Iftar offering for only Dhs295 per person in the press release attached.

Bombay Borough

For Ramadan, Bombay Borough has created an exclusive Iftar menu, inviting guests to experience the richness of traditional flavours and the spirit of togetherness. Featuring six courses, the new Iftar Dastarkhwan menu is available throughout the month of Ramadan, starting from March 10, 2024 for Dhs225 per person.

Accommodating both vegetarian and non-vegetarian preferences, the Iftar set menu presents six courses with a diverse array of dishes. Vegetarian guests can commence their meal with a communal grazing board, ideal for easing into the evening.

Following this, indulge in a selection of Small Plates, featuring delights like Varanasi Cherry Tomato Chaat, alongside Hot Plates and street Grilled options such as Paneer Fesenjan Tikka Kebab or Tandoori King Oyster Mushrooms. For the main course, options include veggie delights such as Jackfruit Nargisi Kofta or Shish Kebab Biryani, ensuring a satisfying culinary experience for all.

Bombay Borough

Savoury delights on the non-vegetarian menu include standout choices like Amritsari Prawn Beignets and Lamb Croissant, guaranteed to excite diners’ palates and leave them craving more.

For those seeking bold flavours, the Hot Plates and Street Grills feature irresistible options such as Quail Malai Roast and Lamb Seekh Kebab. As for the main course, savour the richness of dishes like Kashmiri Lamb Roganjosh or Zafrani Chicken Tikka Biryani.

Between courses, diners can cleanse their palates with the zesty Passionfruit Vimto Sorbet, priming them for main courses. For a delightful conclusion, both vegetarian and non-vegetarian set menus feature tantalizing dessert selections. Indulge in the Ramadan Sable, comprising Sheer khurma ice-cream and rose-flavoured sable, or savour the Kaapi Rasgulla, featuring salted caramel ice-cream adorned with a cocoa crunch, providing the perfect finale to the meal.

Dhaba Lane, Dubai

Break your fast with a lavish 4-course Dawat-E-Iftar Set menu at Dhaba Lane, a popular home-grown Punjabi restaurant that celebrates the tradition of Indian Dhabas.

Dhaba Lane is setting you in a feast for Iftar with dates, fruit Chaat, and Dahi Bhalla Papdi Chaat to break your fast, followed by a set menu that includes a beverage, two starters, a selection of main dishes alongside assorted breads and pulao. Complete the meal with a tempting selection of desserts.

Dhaba Lane, Dubai

Vegetarian menu is priced at Dhs65 per person and Non-Vegetarian menu is priced at Dhs69 and will be available throughout Ramadan from 6 pm to 9 pm.

Some of the menu highlights include RoohAfza and Kanji Vada  for drinks; Dahi Anjeer Ke Kebab, Bhatti Ka Paneer, Kukkad Da Pakoda and  Mutton Parda Kebab in starters; Dal Makhan Ke Aloo Bukhara Kofta, Achaari Paneer Curry, Dal Makkhan Maar Ke, Chooza Murgh Khaas Makhani and Liberhaya Meat for mains; Murgh Korma Pulao for rice, Seviyaan Kheer and Badam Halwa for desserts.

Punjab Grill in Dubai and Abu Dhabi

Celebrate Ramadan at Punjab Grill in Anantara Downtown Dubai and Ritz Carlton Grand Canal, Abu Dhabi with two enticing Iftar menus, available throughout the Holy Month of Ramadan.

Embark on a culinary journey with the Dhs150 Iftar Menu, from 7 PM to 8 PM, that offers a lighter four course meal featuring an amushe boushe, an appetizer, a selection of three mains, rice, breads and a dessert. Menu highlights include Dal ka Shorba, Pudina Soya Chaap, Classic Chicken Tikka, Malai Kofta, Butter Chicken, and Umm Ali.

For those seeking an elaborate affair, Ramadan Special Menu will be served from 8 PM to 11 PM at Dhs250. Immerse yourself in a lavish 5-course experience featuring Liwa Dates Sambusek, Toasted Nuts, Veg Pakora on the Table, Bohra Lamb Khurdi Shorba , a tantalizing Kebab Platter, a wide selection of four mains, aromatic Biryani, assorted breads, and irresistible desserts. Elevate your Ramadan celebrations with the royal touch of Punjab Grill.

Iftar buffet at Barbecue Delights

For an impressive Iftar experience, delve into the spirit of this special occasion and indulge in a lavish Iftar buffet at Barbecue Delights, a popular Pakistani restaurant located in JBR, IBN Battuta Mall, and Motor City.

With over 50 mouth-watering dishes offering the best of Pakistani, Afghani, and North Indian cuisines at unbeatable prices, Barbecue Delights Iftar & Dinner Buffet is a must try this Holy Month of Ramadan.

The Iftar buffet across all three outlets includes a wide variety of traditional Iftar dishes, salads & starters, fried items, live BBQ grills, rice dishes, curries, & desserts.

In addition, Barbecue Delights is offering a 25 % discount on its buffet after 8:30 pm and additional early bird discount on group bookings for the first 5 weekdays of Ramadan.

Sushi Art

Sushi Art, the leading authentic Japanese dining destination unveils a delightful new Bento menu to celebrate the season of togetherness with family and friends.  Whether you are fasting or simply partaking in the festivities, Sushi Art’s Ramadan menu can be enjoyed throughout the month via delivery or at one of the brand’s incredible dine-in locations across the UAE.

Sushi Art

Experience the essence of Japanese cuisine with Sushi Art’s Ramadan offer which includes its latest culinary innovation – the all-new Bento menu offering a selection of delightful bento meals, complemented by a serving of miso soup, edamame, and dates. Catering to a wide variety of palettes, these Bento boxes showcase a tantalising ensemble of Japanese flavours, from classic favourites to innovative creations.

tanvir@dubainewsweek.com

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