The UAE is more than just Dubai and Abu Dhabi, and Ramadan is a good time to explore and try some Iftars a bit further away.
Why not use the quiet social season ahead to explore more of the UAE? From the comfort of your air-conditioned car the deserts and mountains are a beautiful sight, and road trips can lead you to parts of the UAE you didn’t know existed. No better reward for a day on the road than some refreshing drinks and bites at an Iftar spread! Expect to see a few more regional and local fasting families than at the average Dubai Iftar, which makes breaking the fast all the more authentic and special.
Bahi Ajman Palace Hotel (AED 129 per person)
Award winning Bahi Ajman Palace is gearing up for another lavish Ramadan with their Nojoom Tent. Stunning ocean views and traditional Ramadan favourites make for a wonderful Iftar experience.
Kempinski Hotel Ajman (AED 140 per person)
Combining the coolness of an air conditioned tent with beautiful seaviews, the Kempinski Ramadan tent is the backdrop for a lovely Iftar. Expect regional dishes done well.
Ajman Saray (AED 140 per person)
We’ve raved about Ajman Saray before, and with good reason. Its such a beautiful property, and the food has been consistently delicious. So Iftar at Ajman Saray is likely to be unparalleled. An opulent tent, live music and a decadent buffet of local favourites are all part of the deal, and to top it all off there is a souq with local handicrafts and sweets.
Fairmont Ajman (AED 160 per person)
A mix of international and regional dishes, the Iftar buffet at the Fairmont Ajman is served at their Spectrum restaurant.
Nour Arjaan (AED 89 per person)
Serene Murjan restaurant hosts an Iftar buffet this Ramadan with grills, hummus and other favourites from the Middle East.
Fujairah Rotana (AED 130 per person)
Beachfront Iftars are a great way to spend a Friday evening, and in Fujairah the Rotana is a great option. The lavish buffet includes local and international delicacies, as well as the traditional Ramadan drinks and desserts.
Al Diar Siji (AED 75 per person)
Al Diwan restaurant has a nice Iftar spread that is popular with local families. Go for a beachfront stroll after to combat the food coma.
Le Meridien (AED 123 per person)
Slow down, watch the sun set, and break the fast with some dates as the stars come out. Enjoy Iftar at the Ramadan tent, or at the buffet restaurant, both offering a lovely selection of mezzes, mains and desserts.
Stunning Miramar hosts a decadent Iftar buffet every year, and 2017 is no exception. They also have great deals if you spend the night, so you may want to extend your road trip this weekend!
Fairmont (AED 155 per person)
Live cooking stations, live music, and a beautiful setting come together for a magical beach-front Iftar this Ramadan at Fairmont.
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Cove Rotana (AED 149 per person)
We are fans of Cove Rotana. Its just so peaceful, and gets you into the holiday mode the moment you step out of the car, even if you’re just coming for dinner. Overlooking the ocean from the top of the resort, the Iftar buffet is a mix of international and local dishes. Are you sure you’re not going to spend the night while you’re there?
Marjan Island Resort & Spa (AED 130 per person)
What more could you want – sea views and a sumptuous buffet full of Ramadan treats? There are discounts for bigger groups, and if you also book Suhour you get a free stay!
Al Marjan Ramadan Tent (AED 150 + service charge per person)
Another stunning beachfront option, probably one of the most authentic ways to break fast this Ramadan, amidst lots of families from the region, whilst enjoying delicious local delicacies and drinks. There will also be live music, and the food is catered by the superb Al Wadi Desert (a Ritz Carlton partner property).
Hilton (AED 160 per person)
Traditional favourites with a contemporary twist await at one of the most beautiful venues in the UAE!
Waldorf Astoria (AED 170 per person)
This Ramadan, the Waldorf will be serving a special Iftar Tasting menu rather than a buffet. Including long standing favourites such as lamb ouzi and umm ali for dessert, it makes for a slightly more intimate experience than the usual Ramadan buffet. Definitely one to try!
Hilton al Hamra (AED 120 per person)
Hilton al Hamra’s Lebanese restaurant, Al Jazeera, will be hosting this Ramadan’s Iftar buffet. Think manaeesh and your favourite mezzes, and that’s just the starters!
Centro (AED 109 per person)
Centro’s c.taste restaurant is hosting a lavish Iftar buffet with live cooking stations and a tasty ouzi, as well as all the favourite Ramadan drinks and desserts.
Sheraton (AED 129 per person)
Sheraton’s ballroom will be transformed into a magical venue for this year’s Iftar buffets. Including an extensive range of live cooking stations and regional favourites, as well as a grand dessert buffet, breaking the fast at Sheraton will be something to look forward to even more!
Copthorne (AED 99 per person)
The Lagoon restaurant at Copthorne will be the backdrop for a lavish Iftar buffet this year. On offer will be local favourites as well as some international options.
Coral Beach Resort (AED 109 per person)
Pretty Coral Beach is hosting an Iftar buffet at their Al Bahar restaurant. All your favourites from the region will be available as well as a nice selection of sweets and local drinks!
*Prices correct at the time of publication