Fasting or not, Eid is a highlight of living in the Middle East. Although a lot of people use the holiday to travel, staying behind has its charms with all the festive events happening around town!
If Ramadan is like Christmas, then Eid al Fitr and Eid al Adha are like New Year’s Eve. All those stunning outfits you’ve seen in shops during Ramadan are now actually worn to celebrations marking the end of the fasting month, and families and friends gather to feast together and revel days that include festive coffees, breakfasts, brunches and lunches, and not just the suhoor and iftar that you’ve seen everywhere the last month.
A lot of people use it as an opportunity to travel, typically having 4 or 5 days off with a weekend added on. People from the region go home to celebrate, whilst expats use it to get out of the sweltering heat and humidity. But staying behind has its charms. The month of Ramadan has a certain intimate festiveness to it, and Eid is the all-out celebration. Here are some of the brunch, lunch and dinner options for a festive Eid! Eid Mubarak!
The Grape Escape at Hilton JBR (AED 149 per person)
Go on a European evening of discovery, with different theme nights every day for a week starting from the 26th, including raclette, paella, cheese fondue, pasta and tartiflette. Celebrate Eid with a festive dinner that doesn’t include humous and ouzi, as you, like us, will have had your share of those during the last month!
Liwan at Al Ghurair Rayhaan (AED 179 per person)
Get the best of everything for a decadent festive Eid celebration with a big buffet serving international and regional specialities, as well as a number of live cooking stations, and also get a sharing platter of freshly grilled meats!
Crave at Hilton JBR (AED 95 per person)
Now this is a steal. Enjoy lavish, festive lunch and dinner buffets with traditional Eid favourites from the region, from Monday onwards. Take the family for a long lunch and then swim it off or have some family fun with all the watersports options at JBR beach.
Ewaan at Palace Downtown (AED 275 per person)
You may know that Ewaan is one of our personal favourites, for its stunning décor, extensive buffets and fabulous food. For Eid al Fitr, indulge in a festive lunch or dinner buffet and satisfy every craving you have. The selection of dates alone is mind boggling, so we have no idea how we are going to survive dessert.
Oceana at Hilton JBR (AED 145 per person)
Fresh seafood and freshly grilled meats are the main draw at this airy venue for an Eid lunch or dinner buffet. Of course there are live cooking stations, and ample options to splurge after the fasting month.
BiCE Restorante at Hilton JBR (AED 150 per person)
A festive three-course sharing menu is the way to celebrate Eid with the family at BiCE this year. Classic Italian favourites are served on big platters for lunch and dinner. Dinner is accompanied by a saxophonist!
Wavebreaker at Hilton JBR (normal prices for food, but discounts on drinks)
Looking for a laid back way to spend Eid this year? Have some family fun at the beach and then when everyone is hungry head to Wavebreaker to have some steak and fish grilled, and wash it down with a few cold beers while the DJ starts up.
Al Forsan at Bab al Shams (AED 420 per person)
Al Forsan hosts a brunch on the second and third day of Eid. Expect a lavish buffet in the beautiful resort with all the traditional delicacies you can eat such as ouzi and baklava. The package includes house beverages, there are also packages without alcohol at AED 275 per person. Make it into a full day of fun with a day pass at Bab al Shams, and enjoy the swimming pools and some drinks by the pool to cool down!
Al Hadheerah at Bab al Shams (AED 375 per person)
Spectacular Al Hadheerah of course will do an amazing job at putting up a feast for Eid. During the 3 days of Eid, feast on the gargantuan dinner buffet with lots of live cooking stations and entertainment for all ages. Set out over a huge area with different themes for each section, it takes the whole evening to sample everything, and makes for nice strolls to catch your breath in between plates.
Shayan at Al Ghurair Rayhaan (AED 150 per person)
Make Eid-al-Fitr into an intimate family celebration with a sharing style dinner. Shayan offers a mix grill platter or a seafood platter for Eid celebrations this year.
Skylight at Arjaan Dubai Media City (AED 139 per person)
Enjoy a festive sumptuous lunch buffet styled in Arabic bazaar fashion at Skylight on the first day of Eid. Feast on regional favourites such as ouzi and mandi as well as freshly grilled chicken and fish, and a shawarma station. Then head to the dessert section for your sugar fix.
M Hotel Downtown (AED146 per person)
Lemon Pepper’s grand, festive brunch and dinner buffets will leave you spoiled for choice with Arabic, BBQ and international options, as well as of course a big dessert selection. Insider tip – if you go for brunch and spend AED50 extra, you’ll get pool access. It’s a mini stay-cation!
Farriers and Meydan Tent at Meydan Hotel (AED 290 per person)
Meydan makes every day of Eid a treat with different options to fill your tummies. On the first day of Eid, head to the Meydan for an enormous lunch buffet or dinner buffet, with the dinner buffet being inclusive of live music and a dancer. On the second day of Eid, there is a brunch buffet and a dinner buffet to tuck into.
Channels at Media Rotana (AED 215 per person)
Take the family for an Eid-al-Fitr brunch on the first day of Eid. Channels will serve an extensive international and regional selection and a delicious array of desserts. Packages include premium beverages, and there’s loads of entertainment for the kids, including face painting.
Seasons at Pullman JLT (AED 129 per person)
Enjoy a lavish 5 star Eid brunch at this beautiful property. A huge buffet will showcase Arabic specialities as well as some international favourites to keep the whole family happy and their tummies full. And of course the dessert selection isn’t exactly limited either. Yalla yalla.
Gaucho at DIFC (different prices)
Gaucho is going all out for the long weekend with events for everyone’s taste. Sunday is Summer Brunch with floral clothes mandatory. Expect a party, an Eid version of the Friday brunch. For families, Gaucho is doing a traditional roast on Monday and Tuesday, where you can choose the number of courses and add on a beverage package for mum and dad.
Cavalli Club at Fairmont (AED 299 per person)
Party like there is no tomorrow with Cavalli’s Eid Brunch, which starts at 8.30pm of course. Unlimited food and drinks and fabulous music and people.
Al Fanous Lounge at JW Marriott Marquis (AED 215 per person)
The opulent Al Fanous Lounge at the ballroom at the JW Marriott Marquis is a feast for iftar, let alone Eid. A huge spread of international starters and mains, and too many finger licking sweets and desserts to try will make for a real celebration. During the first and second days of Eid, the Lounge will host lunch and dinner buffets
Tesoro at Taj (AED 495 per person)
Taj’s beautiful and airy Tesoro is rolling out a decadent festive lunch buffet for Eid this year, with Arabic, Mediterranean and Indian favourites. Think an immense buffet, with lots of live stations. The most expensive package includes bubbles, there’s also a package that includes soft and house drinks at AED 320 per person. Don’t forget to tell the kids about the separate ice cream buffet!
AOC Brasserie at Sofitel JBR (AED 245 per person)
Sofitel’s AOC brasserie will host a sumptuous lunch buffet for Eid al Fitr this year, with delicacies from the region as well as some delectable French favourites. Combine it with a trip to the beach or a stroll around lively JBR once the sun goes down and it cools down a bit!
Zero Gravity (AED 200 per person)
Finally the Zero Gravity beach opens again! Celebrate Eid by the pool with live DJ sets from Sunday to Monday, and get most of your entrée fee back in food and drinks credit.
Sass Café at DIFC
Sass is back, and it’s back in true Monte Carlo style. Mondays Made Me kick off the Eid week-long grand celebration dinners with truffle burrata, king crab, foie gras terrine, lobster spaghetti and more festive Med favourites. We shouldn’t be writing this while it’s still Ramadan, we got hungry just thinking about it.
BOCA at DIFC (AED 175 per person)
Enjoy a festive tapas lunch set menu with meat, fish, vegetables, olives, breads and hot and cold tapas in true Mediterranean style. Of course there’s dessert too. And of course there are mocktails and cocktails, Ramadan is over after all!