Ramadan 2023: Abu Dhabi’s best Iftars
Abu Dhabi’s dining scene is going all out to make sure you experience the best hospitality and food this Ramadan. To ensure you embrace the traditions of the Holy Month, FACT highlights some of Abu Dhabi’s best Iftars.
Under AED 200
Al Wathba, A Luxury Collection Desert Resort & Spa
Enjoy an authentic iftar experience during the Holy Month of Ramadan within the al fresco ambience of Al Mabeet Desert Camp. Expect a traditional Arabian setup with Bedouin-inspired décor whilst you explore an array of local and international favourites, including Emirati-style slow-cooked lamb with mandi rice and a selection of Arabic sweets. The experience is enhanced with the melodies from a live Qanoob player beneath the starry desert skies. Available daily, from sunset to 11pm. AED 195 per person.
GO: Call 02 204 4444 for reservations and more information.
Andaz Abu Dhabi
Cyan restaurant, located on the 18th floor of the leaning tower in Abu Dhabi, offers guests a view of the city to accompany the Iftar buffet. The buffet offers a selection of dishes for guests to enjoy the spirit of Ramadan with their loved ones. For those interested in trying out the speciality French-inspired delicacies, the restaurant also offers an à la carte menu. Available daily from sunset. AED 195 per person.
GO: Call 056 544 8158 for reservations and more information.
Hilton Abu Dhabi Yas Island
Break your fast with a buffet of traditional Arabic delights in an al fresco dining venue featuring dishes from across the region. Feast on a selection of mezzeh, freshly baked bread, main courses, live cooking stations, sweet treats and refreshing Ramadan beverages, tea, coffee and gahwa. Iftar will be served daily from sunset to 9pm in the Courtyard. AED 175 per person.
GO: Visit http://sevn.ly/xD2yO9Mr or call 052 547 6318 for reservations and more information.
InterContinental Abu Dhabi
Bring your family and friends to Byblos Sur Mer at InterContinental Abu Dhabi this Ramadan to experience the authentic Mediterranean nuances curated by chef Osama at the Michelin-selected Byblos Sur Mer. In addition to Levantine food, diners can enjoy the tranquil oud music that accompanies the evening. Available daily, from sunset to 8pm. AED 185 per person.
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Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resort
Guests can explore the aroma and unique spices of traditional Levantine cuisine with a set menu for iftar at TEAN. Savour a four-course menu featuring culinary favourites such as red lentil soup, beetroot hummus, kibbeh, mezze, cheese sambousek, shish kebab and more. The menu also includes traditional teas and juices, a selection of succulent dates and dry fruits as well as a wide array of Arabic sweets. At TEAN, the iftar sharing menu will be priced AED 198 per person (including soft beverages) and available from sunset to 8pm.
GO: Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 02 811 4342 for reservations and more information.
Le Méridien Abu Dhabi
Head to The Village which will be dressed in Ramadan decor and offer plenty of outdoor seating for an Ifat dining experience under the stars. Expect traditional Ramadan juices, dates, soup, salads, mezze, Arabic mixed grills and desserts. Available daily from sunset. AED 189 per person.
GO: Call 056 688 5361 for reservations and more information.
Marriott Downtown Abu Dhabi
From the first day of Ramadan, come together with family and friends at Kuzbara Restaurant to enjoy a traditional Iftar buffet and music from a live Oud player. Expect live cooking stations, tempting international options and Arabic favourites such as lamb ouzi, mixed grill and Ramadan juices. Available daily, from sunset to 9:30pm. AED 190 per person.
GO: Call 02 304 7777 for reservations and more information.
NIRI Restaurant & Bar
Break your fast at the FACT Award-winning NIRI Restaurant & Bar this Ramadan. The modern Japanese concept offers a three-course Iftar menu created by head chef Yasuyuki Takemoto. Highlight dishes include shio bream (whole grilled sea bream with preserved lemon), corn tempura (sweet corn kakiage and ponzu), sesame soya beef (tenderloin with sweet soya and roasted sesame seeds) and Kinako pistachio cheesecake with sour cherry compote. Available daily from sunset. AED 200 per person.
GO: Visit www.nirirestaurant.com or call 02 546 8886 for reservations and more information.
Park Rotana Abu Dhabi
Ginger at Park Rotana Abu Dhabi is a relaxed venue to break your fast this Ramadan. The daily Iftar buffet features Middle Eastern and international cuisines, live cooking stations and a generous dessert display. With indoor and outdoor seating, all packages include free-flowing Ramadan drinks. Available daily from sunset. AED 189 for adults and AED 99 for children.
GO: Call 02 657 3322 for reservations and more information.
Radisson Blu Hotel & Resort Abu Dhabi Corniche
La Terrazza at Radisson Blu Hotel & Resort Abu Dhabi Corniche will host a beautiful Iftar buffet throughout the Holy Month. Decorated with Ramadan-themed ornaments, you can expect a feast of Arabic mezze, ouzi, shawarma, desserts and Ramadan-inspired beverages. AED 149 per person.
GO: Call 02 692 4222 for reservations and more information.
After a long, reflective day of fasting, you can enjoy a grand iftar meal with a traditional buffet of Indian tandoor grills and Ramadan-inspired beverages at Rangoli inside Yas Island Rotana. Expect a buffet offering a wide array of traditional salads, shawarma, ouzi, and samosa chaat live stations alongside a selection of Arabic sweets. Dine by the pool and indulge in fragrant shisha to add to the evening’s atmosphere. A free iftar meal will be provided for every 12 bookings and is available for groups of up to 200 people. Available daily, from sunset. AED 179 per person.
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Saffron Restaurant in Pearl Rotana Capital Centre prides itself on its Middle Eastern food. Lookout for live stations serving shawarma and ouzi. Plus, there are live performance daily by an Oud player, and a special activities area for children. AED 180 per person, and 50 per cent off for children.
GO: Call 020 307 5553 for reservations and more information.
Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort
Flavours at Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort will be decorated with ornaments and lights this Ramadan. The Iftar buffet includes live stations, hot and cold mezze, soup, salads, ouzi, shawarma and Arabic sweets. AED 185 per person.
GO: Call 050 790 2353 for reservations and more information.
Teatro at Park Rotana offers a unique Iftar experience with a set menu of signature dishes. The menu includes a choice of soup, sharing starters of vegetable spring rolls, prawn tempura and dal makni. For the main course, diners can choose from chicken tikka, butter chicken, grilled salmon, miso seabass or tenderloin. The Iftar also includes Teatro’s dessert selection, water and two Ramadan beverages. Available daily, from sunset to 11pm. AED 199 per person.
GO: Call 02 657 3317 for reservations and more information.
The Abu Dhabi EDITION
Market at EDITION will present a contemporary Iftar this Ramadan. The menu is a collaboration between celebrity Chef Tom Aikens and locally renowned chef Sara Aqel. Indulge in sumptuous cuisine including fattoush, lentil and chickpea salad, chicken shish tawook and lamb kofta before delving into main courses like aloo gobi, prawn harra and butter chicken. But don’t forget to save room for desserts such as kunafa, umm Ali, Turkish delight and black sesame mousse. Available daily, from sunset to 9:30pm. AED 195 per person.
GO: Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 02 208 0000 for reservations and more information.
Under AED 300
99 Sushi Bar & Restaurant
This Ramadan, 99 Sushi celebrates the Holy Month with a 12-course Iftar menu of Japanese haute cuisine. Tuck into hosomaki, chu-toro with leeks, Kobe edamame seared in wagyu fat, 99 wagyu gyozas, tiger prawn tempura, toro flambé nigiri, king crab gunkan, 99 foie and truffle nigiri and corn-fed chicken. To refresh the palate and finish on a sweet note, Iftar ends with a delicate Mochi Ice Cream. Available daily from sunset to 9pm. AED 235 per person.
GO: Email email@example.com or call 02 672 3333 for reservations and more information.
Conrad Abu Dhabi Etihad Towers
Set within the hotel’s opulent oculus area and beautifully adorned with Ramadan decorations, the Layali Al Baraka Iftar embodies the most treasured traditions of Ramadan. Expect every family member’s favourite recipes, including colourful mezze, fresh salads and heartwarming Arabic specialities from the UAE, Lebanon and beyond. Available daily throughout Ramadan, from sunset to 9pm. AED 180 per person (first and fourth week of Ramadan) and AED 210 (second and third week of Ramadan).
GO: Visit www.hilton.com for reservations and more information.
Courtyard by Marriott World Trade Center
Guests visiting Bistro Restaurant in Courtyard by Marriott World Trade Center can join the ceremonial breaking of the fast in a relaxed and charming setting. Enjoy a generous spread of Middle Eastern specialities and beverages including hot and cold mezze, salads, soups, international delicacies and a selection of Arabic sweets and desserts. Available daily from sunset to 9pm. AED 222 per couple.
GO: Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 052 914 1207 for reservations and more information.
Emirates Palace Mandarin Oriental, Abu Dhabi
The Majlis by the Sea at Emirates Palace offers a Ramadan tent situated on the shores of the Arabian Gulf. Expect a stunning outdoor terrace, warm interiors and exquisite decorative details complemented by Arabic cuisine and live instrumental music. Available daily from sunset. AED 325 per person.
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Fairmont Bab Al Bahr
CuiScene, Marco’s Italian and Mazaj Bab Al Bahr have joined forces to host a sophisticated and enchanting iftar buffet this Ramadan. Featuring tempting appetisers, a wide selection of soups, as well as local and international live stations, guests are invited to explore a generous dining experience. Available daily from sunset to 9pm. AED 285 per person.
GO: Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 02 654 3333 for reservations and more information.
Grand Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel & Residences Emirates Pearl
During the Holy Month of Ramadan, Sahha Restaurant offers an Iftar buffet with a rotating selection of three menus. The Iftar spread features hot and cold mezze and Arabic, Asian, and Indian cuisine. Traditional Ramadan beverages including Laban Airan, Kamar al Deen, Jellab or Tamer Hindi, and Karkadi are also available. AED 220 per person.
GO: Email ramadan.grandhyattabudhabi.@hyatt.com or call 02 510 1234 for reservations and more information.
Celebrate the Holy Month of Ramadan with your loved ones by visiting Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche for an unforgettable iftar experience. The talented chefs will craft a selection of flavourful dishes inspired by Middle Eastern and international cuisine, designed to elevate your senses. From traditional Arabic mezze to a wide range of sweets and pastries, there is something for everyone at this iftar gathering. Available daily from sunset to 9:30pm. AED 265 per person.
GO: Email email@example.com or call 056 997 7408 for reservations and more information.
Le Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi
Le Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi will host their famous Layali El Hilmiya tent this Ramadan. Expect a lavish buffet with numerous live stations, including desserts and Arabic sweets. There will also be an oud player and kids zone with arts, crafts and face painting. Available daily from sunset. AED 195 or AED 250 (inclusive of juices, soft drinks, tea, coffee and Ramadan mocktails).
GO: Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 800 101 101 for reservations and more information.
The MICHELIN recognised Arabic restaurant at Conrad Abu Dhabi Etihad Towers treats guests to a distinguished iftar set menu throughout Ramadan. Relax within the plush dining room or outside on the terrace, and savour a set menu featuring soup, mezzeh, and a selection of mains and desserts that showcase the best of Arabia. Available daily throughout Ramadan, from sunset to 9pm. AED 240 per person.
GO: Visit www.hilton.com for reservations and more information.
LPM Restaurant & Bar
The FACT Award-winner, renowned for its French Mediterranean cuisine, will welcome guests for a special iftar menu during Ramadan. The four-course meal includes Burrata with Cherry Tomatoes and Basil, Warm Prawns with Olive Oil and Lemon Juice, Butter Bean Dip with Aioli and Quinoa Crisps, and Salt Cod Croquettes with Roasted Pepper Relish. LPM has introduced a new main course this year, the Grilled Sea Bream with Sauce Vierge with Coriander, while keeping some of its well-known dishes such as Marinated Lamb Cutlets with Olive and Aubergine Caviar and Pine Nuts, Marinated Baby Chicken, and Homemade Rigatoni Pasta with Tomato and Chilli. The meal ends on a sweet note with dessert. Available daily, from sunset to 8pm. AED 250 per person.
GO: Visit https://lpmrestaurants.com/abu-dhabi or call 02 692 9600 for reservations and more information.
Marriott Al Forsan Abu Dhabi
Khayal at Marriott Hotel Al Forsan Abu Dhabi will offer an Iftar buffet bursting with Arabic specialities and international delights across six live stations and a sushi counter. There will also be fresh juices, Ramadan beverages, baklava towers and assorted desserts. Available daily, from sunset to 9:30pm. AED 240 per person.
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Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi
Enjoy a sumptuous Arabian Nights-themed Iftar under the stars at The Oasis. Expect a generous selection of signature dishes within a traditional Ramadan setting. The Bedouin-style feast features lamb ouzi, veal harees and Moroccan tajine, complemented by live stations and Arabic desserts. Available daily from sunset to 9pm. AED 320 per person.
GO: Call 02 407 1127 for reservations and more information.
Rosewood Abu Dhabi
Glo at Rosewood Abu Dhabi invites families and loved ones to break their fast with a stunning view of the city skyline. Here, guests can enjoy an array of light bites, including soups, hot and cold mezze, and a salad bar. Live interactive stations offer traditional lamb ouzi, Chinese delicacies, Indian specialities and Arabic favourites. The spectacular selection of desserts includes kattayef, halawa bil jibni, cakes, desserts, chocolate and ice cream. Available daily from sunset. AED 295 per person.
GO: Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 02 813 5550 for reservations and more information.
Saadiyat Rotana Resort & Villas
Immerse yourself in the spirit of Ramadan and enjoy a classic iftar at Sim Sim accompanied by the sounds of the live oud player. Tuck into an extensive buffet showcasing Middle Eastern, Moroccan, Indian and Emirati dishes, including lamb ouzi, roasted fish, kababs and live Turkish and Emirati stations. To finish, a selection of Arabic and international desserts will be offered in addition to Ramadan juices. Available daily from sunset. AED 275 for adults and AED 125 for children between six and eleven years old.
GO: Visit www.rotanatimes.com or call 02 697 0000 for reservations and more information.
Shangri-La Qaryat Al Beri Abu Dhabi
Shangri-La Qaryat Al Beri Abu Dhabi will once again transform its poolside into a glistening Ramadan Village, complete with interactive culinary stations and live entertainment. Culinary enthusiasts are invited to revel in the spirit of Ramadan as they enjoy a Grand Iftar at Sofra. The vast buffet will be made up of authentic flavours from across the region including a selection of season-inspired beverages. Available daily, from sunset. AED 268 per person.
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The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort
This Ramadan, savour an exquisite spread of Arabic and Mediterranean-inspired cuisine at Olea Restaurant for iftar. Delight in a variety of live cooking stations, featuring dishes such as tagine, baklava, kunafa, one-meter-long kebab and Arabic ice cream known as “Booza”. End your evening unwinding in the al fresco seating area with a warm cup of karak tea from a bespoke tea kiosk while enjoying the soulful melodies of the oud player. Available daily from sunset to 11pm. AED 250 per adult and AED 125 for child aged between six and twelve years.
GO: Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 02 498 8443 for reservations and more information.
VaKaVa, the vibrant MICHELIN-recognised Peruvian restaurant, is putting a Latin American twist on the traditional iftar experience. Created by chef Richard Sandoval and inspired by Latin America’s colours, culture and cuisine, diners will be treated to an explosion of flavours, spices and textures across a special set menu of sharing starters, mains and mains and desserts. Available daily throughout Ramadan, from sunset to 9pm. AED 240 per person.
GO: Visit www.hilton.com for reservations and more information.
Four Seasons Hotel Abu Dhabi at Al Maryah Island
Executive Chef Christian Buenrostro and his culinary team have prepared an extravagant iftar buffet that showcases popular local dishes and Lebanese, Egyptian, Indian, Asian, and international cuisines. The Liwa Tent, a unique space at the hotel with picturesque waterfront views, is the perfect setting to enjoy the Ramadan nights that extend from dusk until dawn amidst oriental melodies from the live oud musician. Available daily from sunset to 9pm. AED 310 per person.
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