The best iftars in Abu Dhabi for Ramadan 2019

The buffets and set menus where you can break your fast after sunset

The best iftars in Abu Dhabi for Ramadan 2019

Ramadan is a very special time of year here in Abu Dhabi, a time of great importance for the Muslim community of the city.

People observing Ramadan fast from sunrise to sunset every day, and then break their fast with an iftar.

The meal is a time for people to get together and enjoy the first meal of their day, and there are hundreds to choose from in the capital.

From traditional Middle Eastern buffets to high-end set menus, the options are vast.

Most meals start with a juice or water and a few dates before prayers are said and the rest of the meal is taken.

Ramadan is expected to start on Sunday May 5 and end on Tuesday June 4, when there will be a public holiday for Eid-al-Fitr.

We have listed the iftars in the city, by area, below.

If your restaurant is hosting an iftar, please let us know by emailing info@timeoutabudhabi.com with your details.


Al Ain

Flavours
This brilliant iftar experience offers hot and cold mezze, a variety of soups, hearty main courses such as lamb ouzi and a range of live cooking stations. Those with a sweet tooth will also enjoy the great range of traditional Arabic desserts.
Dhs120. Sunset-10.30pm. Radisson Blu Hotel & Resort, Al Ain, Al Sarooj (03 768 6666).

Zest Restaurant
Head down to the Garden City to enjoy an iftar at Zest Restaurant that features live cooking stations and a buffet that offers a range of starters, main course and desserts including Middle Eastern food and some international dishes.
Dhs175, Dhs 87.50 (kids aged six to 12), free (kids under six). Sunset-10.30pm. Al Ain Rotana, Sheikh Zayed Road (03 703 1067).


Al Bateen

Byblos Sur Mer
This feast starts off with hot and cold mezze, including all your favourite plates such as hummus, fattoush salad and spicy lamb sausages. The main course includes huge mixed grills and daily specials, and you can finish off the night with a visit to the dessert buffet.
Dhs250. Sunset-8.30pm InterContinental Abu Dhabi, King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud Street (800 423 463).

Celebrity Restaurant
Gather your family and friends to enjoy an iftar at Celebrity Restaurant, where you can get into the spirit of the season with a lavish buffet spread featuring seasonal favourites and traditional dishes.
Dhs199. Daily 7pm-11.30pm. Royal M Hotel and Resort Abu Dhabi, Al Bateen (02 777 1171).

Cho Gao Marina Walk
This is an iftar with a Pan-Asian twist. The plates are influenced from countries across the continents, with wasabi prawns, chicken percik and more. Or, if there’s nothing you fancy on the set menu, you can always order from the à la carte.
Dhs99. Sunset-8.30pm. InterContinental Abu Dhabi, King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud Street (80 042 3463).

Market at EDITION
This trendy hotel is putting on a spread of traditional Arabic dishes, which have been given a contemporary twist. This is the hotel’s first Ramadan in the capital, and it’s certain to be pulling out all the stops.
Dhs180, Dhs80 (kids under 12), free (kids under five). Sunset-9.30pm. The Abu Dhabi EDITION, Al Bateen (02 208 0000).

Mezze Restaurant
Take a trip to the luxury hotel where the daily iftar at Mezze Restaurant will serve a generous buffet featuring a host of traditional dishes and seasonal favourites for families to enjoy together. Be sure to ask if the buy one, get one deal is running.
Dhs225. Daily 7pm-8pm. Royal M Hotel and Resort Abu Dhabi, Al Bateen (02 777 1171).

Selections
The buffet at this friendly restaurant includes a huge variety of international dishes from around the world. The authentic Arabic specialties are particularly unmissable.
Dhs190. Sunset-8.30pm. InterContinental Abu Dhabi, King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud Street (800 423 463).


Al Maryah Island

99 Sushi Bar & Restaurant
A ten-course iftar menu of fresh sushi and Japanese specialties. Full of fantastic flavours, the creative plates include capumiso soup, tiger prawn tempura, soft-shell crab maki, salmon flambe nigiri and much more.
Dhs199. Sunset-9pm. The Galleria, Al Maryah Island (02 672 3333).

Al Maryah Ballroom
Enjoy a little extravagance this Ramadan with the iftar at Al Maryah Ballroom where a range of Lebanese, Egyptian, Indian and Asian dishes will be served, you can visit live cooking stations and listen to music including a live oud player.
Dhs195. Daily sunset-9pm. Four Seasons Hotel, Al Maryah Island (02 333 2222).

Biryani Pot
Take a trip to The Galleria on Al Maryah Island where you can break your fast with Indian cuisine thanks to a special menu of Arabian chicken mandi, aromatic soup and jarjeer salad.
Dhs75. Daily sunset-midnight. The Galleria, Al Maryah Island (02 676 6555).

Butcher and Still
Head along to Al Maryah Island and indulge in an iftar that features a selection of prime cuts of meat imported from the USA, cooked as you like them as part of a seasonal three-course menu. 
Dhs295. Daily sunset-9pm. Four Seasons Abu Dhabi, Al Maryah Island (02 333 2222).

Cafe Milano
Take in the picturesque views over the water around Al Maryah Island at Cafe Milano where you can enjoy an iftar with a twist as the stylish restaurant serves a range of Italian dishes and delicacies after the sun sets over the city.
Dhs150. Daily sunset-9pm. Four Season Hotel, Al Maryah Island (02 333 2222).

COYA
A set menu filled with colourful Peruvian creations, including seabass croquettes, chicken tacos, beetroot causa, mushroom and avocado maki rolls and more. Those with a sweet tooth can also enjoy a slice of pistachio date cake or a bowl of banana ice cream with puffed rice.
Dhs199. Sunset-8.30pm. The Galleria, Al Maryah Island (02 306 7000).

La Petite Maison
Specialising in quality French cuisine, the iftar menu at La Petite Maison is inspired by the French Riviera. The night starts off with soup and dates, while the starters include green lentils, quinoa salad, tuna carpaccio and calamari.  The mains also sound very tempting, with grilled sirloin, lamb cutlets and tiger prawns all on offer. You’ll also need to save room for dessert, as there’s a choice of cheesecake, warm chocolate mousse or pistachio cake.
Dhs240. 6.45pm-8pm. The Galleria, Al Maryah Island (02 692 9600).

Sambusek
This lavish spread of Arabic and international cuisine can be enjoyed whilst taking in the tremendous views over the waters surrounding Al Maryah Island. There’s also live music from the kanoon and oud duo Khalid and Razan.
Dhs205 (first week), Dhs240. 6.30pm-9pm. Rosewood Abu Dhabi, Al Maryah Island (02 813 5550).


Al Raha & Khalifa City

Fairways
The brilliant buffet of traditional delicacies includes a whole lamb ouzi, hot and cold mezze and numerous live stations. Plus, the whole experience is made even more special by live music from a qanun player.
Dhs225, Dhs85 (kids aged six to 12), free (kids under five). Sunset-9pm. The Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort & Spa, Khalifa City A (02 616 9999).

Khayal
Gather your family and friends and enjoy a buffet-style spread of cuisines from around the world, including expertly made Middle Eastern plates.
Dhs210, Dhs90 (kids aged six to 12). 6.30pm-9.30pm. Marriott Hotel Al Forsan, Khalifa City A (02 201 4131).

Saraya Tent
Enjoy an a la carte of delicious plates or a set menu of family favourites. It’s all served in the traditional Ramadan tent, or out in the pleasant outdoor area.
From Dhs90. Sunset-10.30pm. Al Raha Beach Hotel, Channel Street, Al Raha Beach (02 508 0431).

Sevilla
The magnificent iftar buffet at this family-friendly restaurant features hot and cold mezze, soups, salads, traditional main courses like lamb ouzi, and live stations serving shawarma and falafel.
Dhs219. Sunset-10.30pm. Al Raha Beach Hotel, Channel Street, Al Raha Beach (02 508 0431).

Sumo Sushi and Bento

Break your fast with a Japanese-inspired feast at Sumo Sushi where guests can enjoy an iftar that features a choice of three different set menus with classic sushi, noodles and rice dishes.
Dhs179 for two people. Daily sunset-10.30pm. Sumo Sushi and Bento, Masdar City (800 7866).

The Grill
You don’t have to move a muscle at this iftar feed. The four-course set menu is delivered straight to your table, and the stylish restaurant area is the perfect place to relax.
Dhs300, Dhs50 (kids aged six to 12). ). 6.30pm-9.30pm. Marriott Hotel Al Forsan, Khalifa City A (02 201 4131).

The Grill
This enormous buffet features all your favourite Middle Eastern dishes, and you can wash it all down with free-flowing Arabic juices and water. The floor-to-ceiling windows provide brilliant views of the golf course as you eat.
Dhs130, Dhs85 (kids aged four to 12). Sunset-10pm. Abu Dhabi Golf Club, Khalifa City A (56 536 2230).


Al Zahiya

Essence
Break your fast on dates, fruit, mezze, salads and more. There’s also a buy one, get one free deal for the first five days of Ramadan (with a maximum of eight guests per table).
Dhs230, Dhs200 (groups of 10 or more), Dhs115 (kids aged six to 12), free (kids under six). Sunset-10.30pm. Beach Rotana Abu Dhabi, Al Zahiyah (02 697 9011).

Indigo
This sharing menu is perfect for sharing with your better half, family or friends. The packages are available for one to four people, and all include Ramadan beverages and water.
Dhs225, Dhs399 (two people), Dhs749 (four people). 7pm-11pm. Beach Rotana Abu Dhabi, Al Zahiyah (02 697 9011).

Kahraman
A huge buffet featuring Arabic specialties like hot and cold mezze, plus as many fresh juices as you like.
Dhs115. Sunset-10pm. Southern Sun Abu Dhabi, Al Mina Street (02 818 4888).

Latest Recipe
Middle Eastern specialties such as baba ganoush, stuffed vine leaves, lentil soup, kibbeh, spinach fatayer, arayes, lamb ouzi and much more. It all ends on a sweet note with bowls of creamy umm ali and sweet kunafa nabulsiya. There’s also a special buy two, get one free offer.
Dhs169. Sunset-11pm. Le Méridien Abu Dhabi, Al Zahiyah (02 644 6666).


Corniche

Al Tasamoh Tent
Gather your family and experience iftar around 600 other people at the Al Tasamoh Tent where you can break your fast with traditional Middle Eastern food, visit live cooking stations, enjoy sweet treats and listed to live oud music after the sun has set.
Dhs180. Daily sunset-9pm. Bab Al Qasr Hotel and Residences, Corniche West (02 205 3026).

Corniche All Day Dining
Head to the Corniche and break your fast with traditional favourites including hot and cold mezze, grilled meats, live shawarma cooking stations and more as an oud player provides a musical soundtrack to your evening.
Dhs195. Daily sunset-9pm. Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche (02 813 7777).

Emirates Palace
This is one of the fanciest iftar experiences in the capital, and it really has to be seen to be believed. It all takes place within the grand Ramadan Pavilion out on terrace, where guests are treated to tremendous views over the private beach. As you watch the sunset with your family and friends, you can work your way through the incredible spread of Arabic plates and international cuisines, visit the many live stations and treat yourself to a dessert or two.
Dhs295 (iftar), from Dhs150 (sohour). Sunset-9.30pm. Emirates Palace, West Corniche (02 690 7999).

Flavours
A brilliant buffet featuring all the best dishes from the Middle East, including samke harra, lamb ouzi, dawood basha and garlic and coriander shrimps. But that’s not all, on top of that there’s Indian and Asian specialties, and carving stations serving chicken, turkey, beef brisket, lamb legs and salmon.
Dhs175. Sunset-9pm. Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort, Corniche Road, Al Markaziyah (02 304 8127).

Hakkasan
Elegant Chinese restaurant Hakkasan will be serving an iftar with a twist with dishes from the Far East including mushroom soup, Peking duck, a selection dim sum, wok fried beef, specially-crafted desserts and more.
Dhs228. Daily 7pm-8pm. Emirates Palace, Corniche West (02 690 7999).

Iftar In The Sky
You’d be hard pushed to find an iftar in the capital that’s more glamorous than this. Taking place in the world’s highest suspended suite, you can take in the views of the city from an incredible 220m up in the sky. There’s a huge variety of traditional Arabian delicacies, a dedicated dessert room (featuring all the best sweet treats like kunafa and atayef) and live music to help set the mood.
Dhs320. Thu-Sat, sunset-9.30pm. The St. Regis Abu Dhabi, Nation Towers, West Corniche (02 694 4553).

Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan by Rotana
Embrace the spirit of the season and enjoy traditional Arabian hospitality inside the Khaymetna tent where you can break your fast with a buffet featuring a range of Middle Eastern specialities and favourites.
Dhs170, Dhs85 (kids), free (kids under six). Daily sunset-9pm. Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan by Rotana, Corniche West (02 657 0111).

La Brioche
The popular French eatery is embracing the season by serving up a set menu that features traditional Middle Eastern dishes alongside their signatures pastries and bakes.
Dhs90 (per person). Sunset-9pm. Various locations including Corniche Road (600 535 359).

Layali Al Baraka
Set under an ornate installation, this is a very special iftar venue. The spread includes Middle Eastern recipes and there’s also a whole hour of live music from an oud player.
Dhs180. Sunset-8.30pm. Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, West Corniche (02 811 5666).

Leopolds of London
The British café is serving an iftar buffet at the Nation Towers branch for Dh99, and a family sharing meal at all branches.
Dhs99 (buffet), Dhs139 (set meal for two), Dhs249 (set meal for four), Dhs349 (set meal for six).  From sunset. Various locations including Nation Towers, The Galleria, Al Reem Island, Al Muneera and Makani Mall (600 650 602).

Li Beirut
The set menu of brilliant Lebanese cuisine comes with Ramadan juices, water, tea and coffee. Every course is a triumph.
Dhs195. Sunset-8.30pm. Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, West Corniche (02 811 5666).

Radisson Blu Tent
This impressive tent houses a sumptuous buffet which stars traditional favourites like lamb ouzi, harees, malfouf and sweet desserts such as kunafa and bavlava. If that’s not enough, there’s also a date display and refreshing Ramadan beverages.
Dhs169. Sunset-9pm. Radisson Blu Hotel & Resort, Abu Dhabi, Corniche Road (02 656 2000).

Rosewater
The peaceful eatery is putting on an authentic iftar buffet, with enough grilled meats to please even the keenest of carnivores. There’s also live music every day from 8.45pm to 9.30pm, and complimentary tea and Arabic coffee.
Dhs220. Sunset-8.30pm. Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, West Corniche (02 811 5666).

Smoking Doll
The Asian restaurant is offering a brilliant set menu of dishes including a sharing platter of starters, curry of the day and a dessert platter. Delivery is available all day.
Dhs139 (for two), Dhs249 (for four), Dhs349 (for six). Sunset-1am. Nation Towers, Corniche Road West & Boutik Mall, Reem Island (600 560 603).

The Terrace on the Corniche
This fantastic buffet will take you on a culinary voyage across the region. Filled with traditional flavours, it also boasts live cooking stations, refreshing Ramadan juices and excellent service.
Dhs235. Sunset-9.30pm. The St. Regis Abu Dhabi, Nation Towers, West Corniche (02 694 4553).


Downtown Abu Dhabi

Banquets
This elegant ballroom is the perfect place to celebrate Ramadan. The packages can be customised to suite your tastes, but you must book in advance. There’s also 25 percent off when you book before May 4.
Dhs160. Sunset-9.30pm. Marriott Hotel Downtown Abu Dhabi, Shaikh Rashid Bin Saeed Street (02 304 7779).

Bistro
Take your spot at Bistro beneath the two WTC towers and tuck into a traditional iftar that features Lebanese dishes, hot and cold mezze, a host of regional favourites and sweet treats.
Dhs170, Dhs85 (kids, free (kids under six). Daily sunset-9pm. Courtyard by Marriott World Trade Center Abu Dhabi, Hamdan Street (02 698 2222).

BU!
For an iftar with Latin American flair, guests can visit Bu!, where a selection of dishes with Middle Eastern flavours will be served among the contemporary dining room beneath the two towers.
Dhs175 (per person). Daily sunset-9pm. The Hub, The Mall at World Trade Center Abu Dhabi (02 666 8066).

Café 302
The lovely café is offering an international buffet of healthystarters, mains, salads, desserts and Ramadan beverages.
Dhs140, Dhs70 (kids aged six-12), free (under sixes). Al Maha Arjaan By Rotana, Fatima Bint Mubarak Street (02 610 6666).

Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi
Enjoy a private iftar in the lavish ballroom at this popular Abu Dhabi hotel. You’ll find all your favourite dishes from across the Middle East served in a peaceful and sophisticated setting.
Dhs180, Dhs140 (groups of over 400 people). 7pm-10pm. Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Street, Al Markaziyah (02 616 6838).

Grand Millennium Al Wahda
After the sun sets on the city guests can enjoy an indulgent iftar that features a host of Middle Eastern dishes, international specialities, sweets and desserts as well as live entertainment.
Dhs190. Dhs95 (kids aged six to 12), free (kids under six). Daily sunset-9pm. Grand Millennium Al Wahda, Hazza bin Zayed Street (02 443 9999).

Layali El Hilmiya
Enjoy a lavish spread at Layali El Hilmiya where guests can take their pick from a total of 300 different dishes, including Middle Eastern and international favourites, with buffet stations and food trucks serving dishes after the sun goes down.
Dhs180. Dhs90 (kids ages six to 12), free (kids under six). Daily sunset-8.30pm. Le Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Khalifa Street (02 674 2020).

Kuzbara
The expert chefs at this international restaurant are really treating us this year. The decadent spread includes authentic dishes from Lebanon, Egypt and all across the region, as well as the best plates from around the globe.
Dhs190. Sunset-9.30pm. Marriott Hotel Downtown Abu Dhabi, Shaikh Rashid Bin Saeed Street (02 304 7777).

Meshwari
Middle Eastern street food restaurant Meshwari will be serving up seasonal favourites at iftar time including shawarma, mixed grills, whole grilled chicken, lentil soup, fattouch, fries and more for solo diners or for the whole family.
Dhs110 for family feast, Dhs45 (per person) for iftar platter, Dhs55 (per person) mixed grill. Daily 4pm-2am. Meshwari, Khalifa Street (600 500 404).

Silk Route Café
This excellent spread includes hot and cold mezze, live stations serving shawarmas and ouzi, and an extravagant array of traditional sweet treats. The package also includes Ramadan beverages.
Dhs149, Dhs74.60 (kids aged six to 12), free (kids under six). Holiday Inn Abu Dhabi, Dhafeer Street (02 487 4888).

Tamba
Stylish and modern Indian fusion restaurant Tamba will be serving a lavish iftar spread with a twelve-dish menu comprising a range of contemporary Indian dishes specially created for the Holy Month.
Dhs180. Daily sunset-9pm. The Hub, The Mall at World Trade Center Abu Dhabi (02 672 8888).

The Garden Restaurant
The Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi is putting on an iftar buffet in the light and airy Garden Restaurant. Found up on the ninth floor of the hotel, you’ll find every dish you could wish for and more.
Dhs169, Dhs99 (groups and early birds). 7pm-10pm. Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Street (02 616 6838).


Khalifa Park area

Ingredients
An atmospheric iftar that’s beautifully adorned with traditional Ramadan decorations. The night begins with six different varieties of date, while the buffet includes Arabic favourites like lamb ouzi, and dishes from across Thailand, India and the rest of the world.
Dhs199, free (kids aged five and below). Sunset-9pm. Eastern Mangroves Hotel & Spa by Anantara, Al Salam Street (02 656 1000).

Ginger
This restaurant at the Park Rotana is letting you indulge in a super spread of Arabic and international delicacies. There’s traditional decorations, live stations and perhaps best of all, an awe-inspiring display of desserts. Every package includes tasty Ramadan beverages, and there’s also a pleasant outdoor seating area.
Dhs170 (early bird – booked three days before Ramadan), Dhs190, Dhs155 (groups of 20 or more). Sunset-9.30pm. Park Rotana Abu Dhabi, Khalifa Park area (02 657 3333).


Khor Al Maqta

Abu Mousa Restaurant
Enjoy a traditional iftar experience at The Armed Forces and Officers Club and Hotel where guests can try some seasonal favourites, Middle Eastern dishes cooked at live cooking stations and some Arabic sweets.
Dhs220, Dhs110 (kids six to 12), free (kids under six). Daily sunset-9pm. The Armed Forces Officers Club and Hotel, Khor Al Maqta (02 497 5082).

Afya Restaurant
The Inviting international restaurant will offer a daily iftar that’s packed with a range of popular Middle Eastern dishes specially prepared by Arabic chefs.
Dhs125, Dhs63 (kids six-12), free (kids under six). Sunset-8pm. Traders Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri (02 509 8555).

Al Andalus Tent
The Fairmont Bab Al Bahr’s tent is always one of the most stunning in the capital This year it holds more than 500 people. There’s a buffet offering that includes a huge array of Middle Eastern dishes, water, juices and Ramadan drinks.
Dhs235. Sunset-9pm. Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, Khor Al Maqta (02 654 3333).

Giornotte
There’s plenty to suit all ages at this family-friendly feast. Featuring favourites from across the region, plus the most refreshing Ramadan beverages, it’s the perfect place to gather. The live stations add an extra element of excitement too.
Dhs235. Sunset-9pm. The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal, Khor Al Maqta (02 818 8282).

La Brasserie
Enjoy a French-inspired iftar feast with fresh and tasty plates such as Niçoise salad, grilled honey-glazed chicken, roasted beef short ribs and sticky toffee date pudding. The views over the Grand Canal make the three-course dinner even better still.
Dhs160. Sunset-8.30pm. Venetian Village, The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi Grand Canal, Khor Al Maqta (02 404 1931).

Li Jiang
Take in the picturesque view of Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque from Li Jiang and break with tradition to enjoy an iftar of Asian delicacies, dishes and specialties including ginger lotus sea bass and green curry.
Dhs 180. Daily sunset-11.30pm. The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal, Khor Al Maqta (02 818 8888).

Sofra BLD
This iftar has a real authentic feel, with stand-out dishes like slow-roasted camel meat, grilled goat and Gulf prawns. Meanwhile, the dessert table includes an actual tower of baklava, homemade ice cream and more.
Dhs250, Dhs125 (kids aged six to 12).  Sunset-8pm. Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi, Bain Al Jessrain (02 509 8888).

Todd English’s Olives
Enjoy three courses of Mediterranean delights whilst relaxing in the homey bar area, or outside by the pretty Grand Canal. Either way it’s a fantastic way of breaking your fast.
Dhs150. Sunset-8.30pm. Venetian Village, The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi Grand Canal, Khor Al Maqta (02 404 1941).


Mushrif & Embassies District

Andaz Capital Gate Abu Dhabi
Head along to the capital’s iconic leaning hotel for a Middle Eastern spread that includes a selection of juices, salads, soups, live cooking stations, carving stations and traditional desserts.
Dhs195, Dhs97 (kids), free (kids under six). Daily sunset-9pm. Andaz Capital Gate Abu Dhabi, Khaleej Al Arabi Street (02 596 1441).

c.taste
Guests can enjoy a lavish spread of Middle Eastern favourites for iftar at c.taste by taking their pick of food from the buffet and live cooking stations to break your fast.
Dhs135. Daily sunset-9pm. Centro Capital Centre, Khaleej Al Arabi Street (02 409 6512).

Dahab Restaurant and Lounge
Take a trip to the Hilton Capital Grand Hotel and settle in to the inviting Dahab Restaurant for a five-course menu that includes hot and cold mezze, traditional dishes, daily specials and desserts.
Dhs225. Sunset-9pm.Hilton Capital Grand Hotel, Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Street (02 667 4446).

Pepper Restaurant
Enjoy some Arabian hospitality and settle in for a traditional iftar that features the most popular dishes of the season as part of a lavish buffet where you can fill up on your favourites.
Dhs139, Dhs70 (kids aged six to 12), free (kids under six). Daily sunset-10.30pm. Novotel Al Bustan, Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Street (02 501 6086).

Saffron Restaurant
Middle Eastern specialties and live stations serving shawarma and ouzi. There’s also sharing-style sweet desserts.
Dhs165. 7pm-11pm. Pearl Rotana Capital Centre, Al Khaleej Al Arabi Street (02 307 5591).

Urban Kitchen
The Ramadan buffet features all the best dishes from around the world, Middle Eastern favourites and live cooking stations serving delicious falafel and shawarma.
Dhs185, Dhs90 (kids aged six to 12), free (kids aged six and below). 7pm-9.30pm. Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi, Sultan Bin Zayed The First Street (02 698 8137).


Saadiyat Island

Barfly by Buddha-Bar
Enjoy Pan-Asian plates like sushi, noodles, meat and more at this cool canal-side bar and restaurant. The set menu offers four courses of pure brilliance.
Dhs190. Sunset-8.30pm. Venetian Village, The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi Grand Canal, Khor Al Maqta (02 404 1951).

Eclipse 
Take a trip to Saadiyat Beach Club where you can break your fast with your choice of traditional Middle Eastern food while enjoying the picturesque sight of the sun setting over Saadiat Island. 
Dhs199 per person.Sunset-9pm. Saadiyat Beach Club, Saadiyat Island (02 626 8800). 

Hawksbill
From Thursday to Saturday there’s an iftar buffet at the Saadiyat Beach Golf Club venue will plenty of Middle Eastern classics, as well as a kids’ buffet. Parties of four people will get an extra person free if you book ahead. There are limited numbers each night so check before you go.
Dhs110 (members), Dhs130 (guests), Dhs85 (kids five-12), free (under-fives). Sunset-10pm. Saadiyat Beach Golf Club, Saadiyat Island (056 660 8780).

Hooked
The spectacular island of Zaya Nurai is always a joy to visit, and the sharing-style iftar spread at seafood and Arabic restaurant Hooked is as brilliant as the views over the glittering waters of the Gulf. The set menu includes hot and cold mezze, tasty main courses and decadent desserts.
Dhs250, Dhs125 (kids aged four to 12), free (kids below 4). Zaya Nurai Island (02 606 6274).

Oléa
A huge buffet of Mediterranean-inspired cuisine and traditional Arabic dishes like ouzi, saj and shawarma. The outdoor area boasts panoramic views of the turquoise sea while the inside is light and airy.
Dhs275, Dhs135 (kids aged six to 12). 7pm-9pm. The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi (02 498 8888).

Olea
Take in the panoramic view of Saadiyat beach as the sun sets before enjoying Mediterranean-inspired dishes and a seasonal buffet including seasonal favourites including ouzi, saj, shawarma and more.
Dhs275, Dhs135 (kids six to 12), free (kids under six). Daily 7pm-9pm. The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi (02 498 8888).

Sim Sim
The Market Iftar features more than 100 dishes from around the world, including Emirati delicacies, Iranian grills, European favourites and Asian dishes. With views over Saadiyat beach, the feast is concluded with lovely desserts like khabeesa, dates and walnut maamoul, while kids will be kept amused with games and entertainment.
Dhs199. Sunset-10pm. Saadiyat Rotana Resort & Villas, Saadiyat Island (02 697 0000).

Sontaya
Celebrate iftar with dishes from across Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand, all served together as a platter on a banana leaf. The spread is designed to be shared between two, and the stunning views over the Gulf are exceptionally romantic.
Dhs425 (two people). 6.30pm-11pm. The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi (02 498 8888).

Tean
Savour the best of Lebanese cuisine at this stylish beachside restaurant. There’s mixed grills, mezze, and even an oud player to keep you entertained while you dine.
Dhs195. Sunset-8.30pm. Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resort (02 811 4444).

White
This stylish and classy restaurant at the recently opened Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resort boasts fabulous views of the blue waters which surround Saadiyat Island. The iftar experience features a live oud plater, an international buffet and 25 different types of date from across the region.
Dhs210. Sunset-8.30pm. Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resort (02 811 4444).


Yas Island

Assymetri
Take your pick from a fine selection of dishes from around the world, and savour the traditional flavours of Middle Eastern cooking. Plus, if you book an iftar for more than 50 guests, you could be in with a chance of winning two return flights to Istanbul with Turkish Airlines.
Dhs150. Sunset-10pm. Radisson Blu Hotel Abu Dhabi, Yas Island (02 656 2000).

Choices
The family-friendly eatery is dishing up all your favourite Middle Eastern recipes and endless amounts of grilled meats at the live barbecue station.
Dhs150. 7pm-10pm. Yas Island Rotana, Golf Plaza, Yas Island (02 656 4155).

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit
The American barbecue chain is getting into the spirit of the season with a special iftar offer where guests can tuck into a choice of two meats, a selection of sides including waffle fries, creamy spinach, mac n cheese and a bottle of water.
Dhs69. Sunset-2am. Yas Mall, Yas Island (02 644 6376).

Jing Asia
All your favourite Arabic treats but with some Asian and international specialties thrown in too. The gastronomic treat also features carving and cooking stations, and a fun, laid-back atmosphere.
Dhs170, Dhs75 (kids aged six to 13). Sunset-11pm. Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi, Yas Island (02 656 3055).

Rangoli
The classy Indian is offering an iftar with a twist. If you’ve gone a thing for Indian food, you’ll adore this selection of kebabs, curries, biryanis and more. There’s also loads for vegetarians.
Dhs150. 7pm-10.30pm. Yas Island Rotana, Golf Plaza, Yas Island (02 656 4155).

Shakespeare and Co.
The three-course iftar menu at this charming restaurants lets you choose between  five exceptional mains, three warming soups and three fresh and colourful salads, all for less than Dhs100.
Dhs99. Sunset-9pm. Various locations, including Yas Mall, Yas Island (02 565 0170).

Urban RetrEAT
The Food Incubator is one of the coolest and most casual iftars around. The food trucks are dishing up some great-value set menus, and visitors are able to sample grilled-cheese sandwiches from Krust, Emirati cuisine from Barzat Al Fareej, brilliant burritos and other Mexican staples from Burro Blanco and much more. The foodie hub will also provide live entertainment during the weekends.
From Dhs50 to Dhs120. Sun-Thu 1pm-1am, Fri-Sat 1pm-2am. Yas Mall, Yas Island, www.urbanretreat.me

Yas Hotel Abu Dhabi
The stunning hotel is offering a traditional Ramadan feast of Middle Eastern delicacies, suitable for all the family.  Suhoor is also available a la carte.
Dhs185. From sunset. Yas Island (02 656 0000).


Further afield

Al Badiya
Escape to the desert and enjoy a memorable iftar surrounding by dramatic rolling sand dunes. The huge spread contains an almost overwhelming amount of choices, with hot and cold mezze, soups, carving stations, tempting desserts and more.
From Dhs125. Tilal Liwa Hotel, Al Gharbia (02 894 6111).

Jumeirah Al Wathba
The new desert and wellbeing resort is serving an iftar in Bair Al Hanine. Dishes are cooked in open kitchens on charcoal grills and in saj ovens. There’s also oud music and a kids’ corner.
Dhs185, Dhs92.50 (kids aged four-12), free (kids under four). Al Wathba region (02 204 4444).

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