Observe iftar with these flavours from around the world

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.


Break your fast in style by enjoying a lavish spread of cuisine inspired by the Mediterranean and Middle East. Make a beeline to the buffet table and enjoy the wide selection of hot and cold mezze including the crowd favourites, ouzi and shawarma. Choose from indoor or outdoor seating, with the latter offering panoramic views of the sea. AED 275 per person, AED 135 for children aged six to 12. The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort. Sunset-9pm. Contact: 02 498 8888, restaurant.saadiyat@stregis.com


Work your way from one station to another to enjoy a wide selection of Arabic and international dishes including Indian and Thai. Local favourites such as lamb ouzi, hares and tajine, take centre stage, while desserts are available to cap off the meal. AED 199 weekdays, AED 249 weekends, half-price for children aged six to 11. Anantara Eastern Mangroves, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Street. Sunset-9pm. Contact: 02 656 1000,  emdining@anantara.com


Observe iftar in a unique setting at Sambusek’s dedicated tent designed to host up to 400 guests. Choose from the many food options consisting of local, regional and international dishes. Soak up the splendid view of the Arabian Gulf while listening to the music of the kanoon and oud duo of Khalid and Razan. AED 240 per person. Rosewood Abu Dhabi, Al Maryah Island. Sunset-9pm Contact: 02 813 5550, abudhabi@rosewoodhotels.com


A sprawling spread awaits at this Mediterranean restaurant. For iftar, Arabic dishes take the lead with traditional favourites from meat specialities to seafood staples, hot and cold appetisers and sweet treats. Adding an interactive element to the experience are live cooking stations and music from a guest qanun player. AED 235 per person. The Ritz Carlton Abu Dhabi Grand Canal, Khor Al Maqtaa. Sunset-9pm. Contact: 02 818 8282, abudhabi.restaurants@ritzcarlton.com


End your fast with a rich selection of traditional and international dishes. The vast restaurant boasts several open kitchens dishing out different specialities including Arabic and Asian. AED 210 per person, AED 90 for children aged six to 12. Marriott Hotel Al Forsan, Khalifa City. Daily 6.30pm-9.30pm. Contact: 02 201 4131, marriottalforsan.com


Reward your hungry self with eat all you can tasty flame-grilled chicken during the holy month. Enjoy the restaurant’s herb-infused chicken marinated for 24 hours and grilled to perfection. AED 59. Cascade Dining, Yas Mall, Yas Island. Daily 7pm-midnight. Contact: 02 565 1849, galitos.ae 

The Garden Restaurant

Tag along the family for a hearty iftar buffet featuring a selection of Arabic and international cuisine. Guests can enjoy the restaurant’s roomy and laidback ambiance, perfectly befitting the season’s theme. AED 169 per person. Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi, Hamdan Street. 7pm-9pm. Contact: 02 616 6838, gardens@crowneplazaad.com

La Petite Maison

Sample a selection of this elegant but welcoming French restaurant’s signature dishes with a variety of starters, a classic main course and desserts. AED 240 per person. The Galleria, Al Maryah Island. 6.45pm-8pm. Contact: 02 692 9600, lpmlondon.co.uk/abu-dhabi


Feast on an array of international food including Arabic favourites like mezze, machboos, mixed grill, biryani and seafood dishes. AED 165 for adults, half price for children aged six to 12. Pearl Rotana Capital Centre, Al Khaleej Al Arabi Street. 7pm-11pm. Contact: 02 307 5591, fb.pearl@rotana.com


End your fast by feasting on Arabic favourites and international dishes presented buffet style. There are cooking stations to explore including a carving station for meat lovers. AED 99 per person. Aloft Abu Dhabi, next to Adnec, off Al Khaleej Al Arabi Street. From sunset. Contact: 02 654 5121

Buca di Beppo

Mark the evening with Italian delicacies served in four-course fashion. The special meal is made up of a soup of the day, Caesar salad, a choice of main courses including pastas, entrees and pizzas and dessert. AED 79 including welcome drink. Cascade Dining, Yas Mall, Yas Island. Sat-Wed from sunset to midnight, Thu and Fri from sunset to 9pm. Contact: 02 665 6247


Treat yourself to a unique iftar experience with a specially curated menu from this elegant Cantonese outlet. The four-course set menu includes dishes such as mushroom soup, Peking duck, a selection of dim sum with lobster and chicken fillings and vanilla and dates ice cream. AED 228 per person. Emirates Palace, Corniche West. 7pm-8pm. Contact: 02 690 7739, hakkasan@emiratespalace.ae

The Grille

Grilled specialities and other mouth-watering dishes will be rolled out at this popular steakhouse for the holy month, giving guests a satisfying way to end their fast. As a bonus, the outlet is offering a buy-one-get-one offer on iftars for the first seven days of Ramadan. AED 130 per person, AED 85 children aged five to 12. Abu Dhabi Golf Club, Khalifa City. Sunset-9pm. Contact: 056 536 2230, events@adgolfclub.ae


To mark its first Ramadan in the country, this American barbecue franchise has prepared something special for the season. Enjoy two meat plates, a choice of two sides, lentil soup, dates and water – all for just AED 69 per person. Yas Mall, Yas Island. Sunset-2am. Visit: dickeys.ae


Tag along friends and family to enjoy a satisfying iftar of Middle Eastern and international cuisines. Sample the variety of dishes at the buffet table as well as the live cooking stations offering carved meats, soups, mezze and mixed grills. AED 199. Park Rotana, next to Khalifa Park. Sunset-9.30pm. Contact: 02 657 3322, rotanatimes.com/parkrotana


Enjoy Peruvian flavours this season and sample a set menu of delectable dishes including beetroot causa, seabass croquettes, chicken tacos, avocado maki rolls and a bowl of banana ice cream with puffed rice. AED 199 per person. The Galleria, Al Maryah Island. Sunset 8.30pm. Contact: 02 306 7000

Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resort

Settle into the bright, expansive dining room at White for an east meets west interactive buffet. Choose from a wide variety of international food stations including an expansive desert bar featuring 12 flavours of sorbet and a Turkish ice cream stand. AED 210. Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resort, Saadiyat Island. 7pm-11pm. Contact: 02 811 4444, jumeirah.com

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