The holy month of Ramadan offers us a unique opportunity to enjoy a traditional Iftar meal. Although if translated from Arabic, the word “Iftar” means “breakfast”, during the holy month of Ramadan it is basically breaking fast at sunset. The range of Iftars offered in Dubai is as diverse as the city itself. UncoverDubai have compiled a list of affordable Iftar meals to try this month. The point is that you don’t need to break a bank in order to enjoy the meal, Ramadan is all about sharing and giving anyway, isn’t it? For the money you will have saved with these offers, you can help those in need around you.
- #ThisIsNotABuffet, Alserkal Avenue.
Back to the true meaning of Iftar, this artsy Iftar in the middle of Dubai’s creative hub calls for togetherness and community spirit. Once you manage to find Alserkal Avenue in the middle of industrial Al Quoz, it opens a whole new universe, different from the dusty streets surrounding it. Don’t forget that in true spirit of Ramadan, Alserkal Avenue will donate 5% of the revenue generated to charity.
Why go: for the great atmosphere, and some traditional dishes with a modern twist. Umm Ali ice cream being one of those!
How much: 90 and 210 for two- or five-course set menu. Sunset-11pm. Website
- Govinda’s, Jumeirah Beach Road.
The 100% vegetarian restaurant ensures that everyone stays healthy and light this month, with a four-course Iftar set menu all under 700 calories (including dessert)!
Famous for its tasty Indian and Italian food, Govinda’s still manages to keep the standards high without using and overusing any garlic, onions or eggs in the food.
Why go: for guilt-free delicious dinner. The entire meal is under 700 calories so you can finally eat all you want, and do not forget about a dessert – a scoop of delicious date ice cream.
How much: AED 76 including a drink. Umm Suqueim 2, Jumeirah Beach Road. Tel: 04 3211884.
- Mint Leaf of London, DIFC.
Fine dining Iftar cold starters inspired by the spirit of India.
Why go: Iftar with a view. Spectacular Burj Khalifa is right there.
How much: from 135 dhs for welcome drinks and cold starters. Every day from sunset to 10.30pm. 15th Floor South Tower, Emirates Financial Towers, DIFC.
Tel: 04 706 0900. Website.
- Cravin’ Cajun.
The menu is full of classics from across all fifty states, including mac and cheese and savory waffles. The buffet-style Iftar is a real feast for fast food lovers.
Why go: for non-traditional American Iftar.
How much: AED120. Sunset to 11pm at Novotel, Al Barsha. Tel: 04 304 9000
- Cavalli Café.
This JBR trendy café’s Iftar blends Italian classics with traditional Arabic specialties.
Why go: for a nice laid-back dinner with a table service.
How much: AED140 for a four-course meal. Sunset until late at Cavalli Café, JBR. Tel: 04 551 9671
Entertainer Iftar Deals
Buy one get one free- the Entertainer comes in handy for some thrifty Iftars. Even if you still haven’t got the app, now it’s a good time to do so since the money you will save with the Iftar offers is rather substantial.
- Al Grissino Restaurant.
Al Grissino has mastered an exceptional traditional Iftar here in Dubai. Even though it is a set menu and thus limited space for variety and experiments, their offerings are quite generous. After many hours of fasting this is definitely going to fill you up. The courses consist of minestrone vegetable soup followed by a mix of hot and cold starters including seafood and meat platters.
Why go: experience a real haute cuisine Iftar you will remember.
How much: 275 dhs. Emirates Financial Towers, 16th level, Website. Tel: 04 352 4000
- Sheraton Jumeirah Beach Resort, Al Sufouh Ballroom.
The hotel is serving an Iftar buffet, with supervised children activities available throughout Ramadan. The buffet includes traditional dates, refreshing traditional drinks, such as laban, kamarudin, and karkadeh; and a wide selection of Arabic and international dishes including live cooking stations for shawarma and lamb ouzi.
Why go: some traditional family-oriented Iftar buffet is a good start of understanding of what Iftar is.
How much: 195 dhs. Tel: 04 399 5533; Website
- Butcha steakhouse and grill.
Feast on a semi-buffet at the steakhouse in the middle of the bustling neighnborhood, featuring a selection of starters including traditional Turkish dates with milk, mezzes and hot appetizers.
Mains include beef tenderloin or lamb chops. For desserts, indulge in some traditional baklava.
Why go: for some wholesome meat with a Turkish twist.
How much: AED 189 per person. Iftar to 2am, All through Ramadan at The BEACH, JBR. Tel: 04 553 0684
- Bayside Restaurant and Terrace.
Enjoy a delicious selection of Arabic and international favourites for Iftar with a daily-changing menu
Choose from a variety of special Ramadan juices and a lavish dessert buffet
Why go: for some stunning views of Downtown Dubai.
How much: 160 dhs. Steigenberger Hotel, Business Bay. Tel: 04 3690000