Flatlay spread of good food for an iftar buffet in Dubai

Best Iftar in Dubai – Unmissable for Ramadan 2022

by Dubai Travel Planner

Ramadan is not just a month, it’s a whole vibe!

While countries all around the world have different traditions regarding Ramadan, the suhoor and iftar routine is synonymous everywhere, like having dates, water, fruits, and other wholesome meals at sunset to break our fasts.

However, every once in a while, you feel like having something other than the usual menu. Something that tantalizes your taste buds and makes iftar more enjoyable. We’re talking about elaborate iftar buffets without which Ramadan seems incomplete!

Ramadan in 2023 will take place from 22 March to 21 April (subject to moon sighting)

Having said that, today we’re going to go over some of the best places for iftar in Dubai, the upscale city of UAE.

15 Best Iftars in Dubai for 2022

NB, we prepared this list from our experience in 2022 – check back in March 2023 we’ll make sure these are all still running!

If you’re a resident of Dubai or are lucky enough to be visiting it during Ramadan, here are the 15 best iftar buffets in the city for a unique Ramadan experience:

1. Bab Al Shams

One of the best luxury iftar buffet options in Dubai is Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa.

It is one of the most popular and highly frequented places for iftar in Dubai. And why shouldn’t it be? With almost 10 live cooking stations offering a variety of seafood, meats, vegetarian and Arabic dishes, it is something one should never miss!

Iftar in the desert luxury offering at bab al shams outdoor chefs cooking iftar buffet in dubai

Apart from the food, the arrangement, the live music, and the overall atmosphere of Bab Al Shams, sitting on the edge of the Al Marmoom Desert Conservation Reserve makes it one of the best places in Dubai for an iftar to remember.

Location: Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa

Cost: 299 AED

Timing: From iftar till 10:00 pm

Website: babalshams.com

2. Anise

Everyone likes a luxury iftar buffet that has an elaborate variety of dishes from all cuisines. At Anise, you’ll find all that and more!

With the finest Arabic specialties from North Africa and Levantine, several international selections, and 8 live cooking stations including sushi, Japanese, salads, etc., Anise is truly a lavish place for iftar in Dubai.

Location: InterContinental Dubai Festival City

Cost: 275 AED / 125 AED Children 6 to 12 years

Timing: From iftar till 8:30 PM

Instagram: @anisedubai

3. Baharat

If you’re looking for iftar in Dubai with one of the best buffet options, Baharat is the place to go!

The buffet at Baharat is not like your regular buffet. Why? Because it has a variety of grilled meats for a protein-filled meal. From barbequed specialties to succulent kebabs and classic Arabic delicacies, you will find everything to ensure a hearty iftar.

Location: Sheraton Mall of the Emirates, Al Barsha

Cost: 199 AED

Timing: From iftar till 8:30 PM

Contact: besh.dubai@sheraton.com / @sheratonmoe

4. Al Hallab

How about a Lebanese affair in the heart of Dubai?

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Al Hallab is a Lebanese restaurant that offers a set iftar menu with several different dishes. Here you can enjoy different dates to break your fast, after which you get the soup of the day, mezze, pastries, barbecue meats, desserts, and coffee.

All in all, it has many healthy iftar options.

Location: Dubai Mall, Mall of the Emirates, & Bab Al Bahr

Cost: 140 AED

Timing: From iftar till 9:00 PM

Website: https://alhallabrestaurant.com/

5. Farzi Cafe

For an iftar with savory dishes all the way from India, a visit to the Farzi Cafe is a must!

The menu includes fresh fruits and dates for breaking your fast. Then you move on to the main course which includes chicken tikka, lamb chops, dal makhani, butter chicken, rice, and naan. In short, you get a fulfilling meal with a taste to remember!

Location: Dubai City Walk II & Mall of the Emirates

Cost: 149 AED

Timing: From iftar till 9:00 PM

Website: https://www.farzicafe.ae/

6. Asateer Tent

Let’s talk about one of the best and most lavish iftar buffets in Dubai: Asateer Tent!

This iftar place goes all out when it comes to food. With an impressive variety of Moroccan, Lebanese, Persian, and Emirati cuisine, you’ll have a luxe dining experience at the Asateer. From piping hot meats, shawarma station, grilled platters, chocolate fountain, Umm Ali, and Kunafa, you will find all sorts of finger-licking items on the menu.

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The ambience and layout of Asateer are simply magnificent. It has more than 100 dining tables, and several seating arrangements for the guests based on their requirements.

If you’re a first-timer to Dubai, this is truly one of the most exciting and extensive iftar buffet experiences.

Location: Atlantis, The Palm

Cost: 240 AED Weekdays / 260 AED Weekends

Timing: From iftar onwards

Website: www.atlantis.com/ramadan


Here’s an iftar in Dubai specifically for people who’re touring and would love to learn more about the traditions of Ramadan!

The SMCCU (Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding) Ramadan Iftar Program showcases the true essence of Ramadan and the UAE culture for those who are visiting Dubai.

The iftar starts with dates and Arabic coffee and moves on to the main course which consists of a variety of Emirati dishes. The event ends with dessert and tea. Plus, there’s a fun activity area for the kids, so you can enjoy your iftar while your kids have fun playing.

It’s a whole package and a brilliantly immersive experience for those unfamiliar with Ramadan and the Islamic culture.

Location: Al Fahidi Historical Neighborhood

Cost: 185 Dhs

Timing: From iftar till 9:00 PM

Website: https://www.cultures.ae/ramadan-iftar-program/

8. Asil

For a sophisticated Middle Eastern place to experience one of the best iftars in Dubai, head over to Asli.

It has a set 5-course iftar menu that includes soup of the day, salads, mezze, something meaty for the main course, and a sweet treat at the end. A wholesome meal, a great ambience, and live music? What more could one ask for?

Iftar buffet spread at Asil Restaurant Rixos

Location: Rixos Premium JBR

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Cost: 230 Dhs

Timing: From iftar till 8:30 PM

Instagram: @aslidubai

9. Giardino

Are you in for a luxury iftar buffet in the middle of a jungle?

The Giardino restaurant is a jungle-themed restaurant that has one of the best buffets in Dubai. The setting is quite amazing but the buffet is even better! It has the finest Middle Eastern and international cuisines, all kinds of salads, unlimited juices, and live cooking stations for a true jungle feel.

Location: Palazzo Versace Dubai

Cost: 250 AED

Timing: From iftar till 8:30 pm

Website: www.palazzoversace.ae/restaurants-and-bars/giardino

10. Timo

If you’re looking for an iftar place in Dubai that has a fusion of Arabic and Asian cuisine, Timo is the place for you!

It has all the most-demanded dishes including chicken moussakhan, the famous lamb ouzi, a variety of succulent kebabs, shish tawouk, lamb sojouk, and tandoori shrimps to name a few.

Location: Al Jadaf Rotana

Cost: 185 AED

Timing: From iftar till 10:00 PM

11. Nosh

Arabic cuisine is most-loved in Dubai; however, mix it with some international favourites, and you’ve got yourself a tempting variety!

At Nosh, you’ll find a mix of Arabic and international dishes including, koosa mahashi, leban airan, shish baraq, lamb ouzi, jellab, shish tawouk, and a variety of refreshing drinks. For people typically interested in the dessert section, there is baklava and luqaimat to satisfy your sweet cravings.

Location: Movenpick, Jumeirah Lake Towers

Cost: 195 AED

Timing: From iftar till 10:30 PM

Website: www.movenpick.com

12. 11 Woodfire

11 Woodfire is a relatively new restaurant in Dubai, but owing to its scrumptious menu and excellent service, it has made its name in just a few months.

It offers a set menu for iftar, which includes the special Emirati Kholas dates, cold tamarind juice, and green salad with pomegranate. The main course offers slow-roasted lamb served with rice cooked in lamb broth, and pineapple pachri on the side. As for dessert, you get a rich dark chocolate cake made without flour, milk ice cream, and dates.

Location: Beach Road, Jumeirah 1 (adjacent to Mercato Mall)

Cost: 220 AED for 2 people

Timing: From iftar onwards

Instagram: @11woodfire

13. Antika

You’ll find some of the best iftar buffets in Dubai that offer a combination of different cuisines.

Take Antika for instance. From soup varieties including the classic lentil soup, the creamy mushroom soup, the savory pumpkin soup, and the nourishing vegetable soup, you start your iftar with a nice and healthy option.

Then there are salad and mezze selections including hummus, batata harra, and sujouk. The main course comprises grilled chicken, lamb cutlets, and octopus with freshly baked bread. A wholesome and satisfying meal!

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Location: Al Fattan Currency House, DIFC

Cost: 250 AED

Timing: From iftar till 10:00 PM

14. Sagar Ratna

If you want to try the traditional Indian thali, you can have the most divine experience at Sagar Ratna.

It offers a range of exotic and savory dishes served in a thali, including paneer tikka masala, the all-time favorite daal makhani, and paneer angar served with fresh naan roti or Indian bread. You can down it all with makhaniya lassi, and rose sherbet, while having a delicious mixed fruit platter.

Location: Oud Metha & JLT

Cost: From30 AED

Timing: From iftar till 9:00 PM

Instagram: @sagarratnadubai

15. The Canteen

We’ll wrap up our article with a restaurant that offers a little of everything!

The Canteen offers an exquisite iftar experience with a mix of Middle Eastern, Indian, and international cuisine. The main selections include the famous lamb ouzi for all the meat lovers out there, grilled seabass, chicken kabsa, chicken tikka, grilled beef with mushroom, and daal tadka.

Location: Aloft, Dubai Creek, Deira

Cost: 155 AED

Timing: From iftar till 8 pm

Website: www.urbancoolonthecreek.com/canteen

If you’re up to trying some of the most spectacular and flavourful dishes, you will find a gazillion places for iftar in Dubai. From iftar places ranging from 30 AED to a whopping 300 AED, you can experience everything from luxury iftar buffets to traditional thalis.

So, go for something Indian one day, a bit of Asian the next, and wrap up your Ramadan with the finest continental and Middle Eastern dishes from the best iftar places in Dubai!

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