Arabic specialties in the spotlight at these iftar offerings

While some people prefer breaking their fast at home, many may enjoy an iftar out with friends and family – and there’s a variety of options in Abu Dhabi to choose from.


The extensive spread at this buffet includes contemporary cuisine and traditional Arabic dishes such as lamb ouzi, fresh Turkish baklava and saffron ice cream. Adding to that is the selection of hot and cold mezze plus more than 15 types of dates. Live music courtesy of a qanun player will serenade guests while the lush golf course greenery serves as a peaceful backdrop. AED 225 per person, AED 85 for children aged six to 12. The Westin Abu Dhabi Abu Dhabi Golf Resort & Spa, Sas Al Nakhl. Sunset-9pm. Contact: 02 616 9999,


This Middle Eastern restaurant is serving a selection of rich Arabic delicacies in its stylish Arabesque interiors that add to the season’s feel. AED 115 per person. Southern Sun Abu Dhabi, Mina Street. Sunset-10pm. Contact: 02 818 4888,

Layali Al Baraka

Break your fast with a selection of flavourful Arabic delicacies – including seafood and grills – complemented by live music from a guest oud player. Enjoy your meal while soaking up the peaceful and elegant ambiance of this Arabian restaurant. AED 180 per person. Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, Corniche West. Sunset-8.30pm. Contact: 02 811 5666

Al Fanar

Sample genuine Emirati cuisine with a five-course meal that includes salad, soup, appetisers, main courses and traditional desserts like sago, leqaimat and khabisah. AED 116 per person, AED 58 for children aged four to 12. Cascade Dining, Yas Mall, Yas Island. Contact: 02 877 2272,

Iftar in the Sky

Take your iftar experience to new heights with this extraordinary offer for the season. Enjoy a wide array of Arabic delicacies including a rich selection of sweet treats while suspended 220m up in the sky, giving you breathtaking views of the city. AED 320 per person. The St. Regis Abu Dhabi, Nation Towers, Corniche West. Thu-Sat sunset-9.30pm. Contact: 02 694 4553

Café Bateel

Explore Mediterranean flavours with a regional touch served across three courses. After enjoying complementary organic dates and freshly squeezed juice, you can enjoy a special menu featuring appetisers, mains and desserts, with dishes like farro soup, grilled salmon and quinoa, Saltimbocca and the café’s signature date pudding. AED 120 per person. Various branches including The Galleria and Yas Mall. From sunset. Visit:


Mark iftar with a buffet featuring live cooking stations serving up Arabic delicacies and desserts – all served inside this special tent particularly designed for the occasion. AED 170. Khalidya Palace Rayhaan by Rotana, Corniche West. Sunset-9pm. Contact: 02 657 0151,

Corniche All Day Dining

Indulge in Arabic specialties including hot and cold mezze, mixed grill, traditional lamb ouzi and Jordanian mansaf at this restaurant. A resident oud player will play tunes inspired by the solemn season. AED 195. Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche, Corniche East. Daily sunset to 9pm. Contact: 02 813 7777,


Celebrate the spirit of Ramadan with family and friends at Kuzbara. Enjoy authentic Arabic dishes and a variety of international options in a culturally inspired setting with colourful lanterns, majlis displays and Moroccan tea service.  AED 190. Marriott Hotel Downtown Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Street. 7pm-9.30pm. Contact: 02 304 7777,

Dish Dash

Genuine Lebanese cuisine stars at the buffet table featuring classic Arabic dishes fused with modern flavours. The overall experience summons warm Arabian hospitality, giving guests a glimpse of local tradition observed during Ramadan. AED 99, half-price for children aged six to 12. Cascade Dining, Yas Mall, Yas Island. Daily sunset to 2am. Contact: 02 565 0601, 

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