Ramadan is not only a time of worship, self-preservation and all things holy – it’s also the busiest time for a Muslim’s social calendar. Iftar plans are usually made in advance with loved ones and often consist of a traditional meal. Why not shake it up a little and try something new?
Dubai is never short of somewhere fabulous to break your fast, so why not try a different cuisine at some of these cool eating spots whilst being entertained, or simply feasting in a unique surrounding? From smashing plates Greek style, and Uzbek, Syrian and Levant flavors, to Italian cuisine accompanied by a live jazz band, these are the new, chic places to break your fast.
Situated at Dubai’s most vibrant and social hub, full of restaurants to tickle any taste, OSH is a culinary delight and unique experience for those not familiar with Uzbek cuisine. For Ramadan, OSH has introduced a noteworthy menu offering up classic Iftar dishes with an Uzbek twist. Introducing Osh – which is a fragrant dish of spiced rice, lamb and vegetables, and Chak Chak – a fried honey cake, the options are endless. Guests can enjoy a stunning view of the sunset and La Mer’s buzzing beachfront whilst they dine on fresh fruits and vegetables flown in specifically from Tashkent on a weekly basis – promising high quality ingredients and the true taste of Uzbekistan.
OPA epitomizes a Greek celebration – in both food and atmosphere. Bringing both the flavours and vibrancy of Greece to Dubai, OPA can guarantee you and your guests a good time with their menu of zesty salads, meats, the famous Zorba dance and tradition of smashing plates. OPA’s Ramadan menu at the Fairmont in DIFC, is nothing short of perfection as you and your loved ones indulge in an array of Greek dishes including fresh breads with complimenting dips, tuna tartare, spinach pie, grilled haloumi and much more.
Is there any better way of breaking your fast than to do it with a fabulous view and the company of your dear friends and family? Bebabel is traditional yet offers up a progressive Lebanese spread at the Dubai Mall.
Situated in the mall’s highly stylish Fashion Avenue, Bebabel Restaurant’s Iftar can be enjoyed indoors, or outdoors with a dramatic show of the Dubai Mall Fountains, and panoramic view of Downtown Dubai whilst you dine on huge menu of Lebanese favourites.
Sah El Nom
Offering up a contemporary Syrian Iftar menu, Sah El Nom should be on your list this Ramadan. Located on Dubai’s newest island development, Bluewaters Island, Sah El Nom’s iftar features a delicious variety of appetizers, mains and desserts, including complimentary dates and beverages such as authentic jallab, blackberry, yoghurt and Kamareddine drinks for you to break your fast with. Not only can you enjoy the rich Damascene menu for Iftar, but the restaurant will also be offering up an a la carte menu for Suhoor.
Offering up 2 different Iftars on board, the QE2 ship, docked in Dubai Creek, will be hosting an experience not to be missed. Majlis Al Malika, located in the Queen’s Room on the ship will be transformed into a stunning Arabesque dining room serving up the very best in Arabian gastronomy, whilst Majlis Al Mulook shakes things up at the Lido with a traditional British spread of a full English roast carvery with all the trimmings including roast potatoes and Yorkshire pudding.
Following iftar, attendees can spend the rest of the evening socializing over shisha on the Pavilion terrace. For Ramadan, the QE2 will also offer up leisurely activities including the QE2 Heritage Trail tour and a Balinese massage inside the ships newly restored spa.