These iftar offerings are great for families

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.

Essence

Whether you prefer classic Arabic dishes or international cuisine, you’re sure to get it here are this lavish iftar. Enjoy the usual favourites like lamb ouzi, along with a selection of mezze, salads, cheese and Indian delicacies. AED 230 per person, AED 115 for children aged six to 12. Beach Rotana, next to Abu Dhabi Mall, Al Zahiyah. Sunset-10.30pm. Contact: 02 697 9011, fb.beach@rotana.com

 Sevilla

Traditional Arabic dishes complete with live cooking stations serving shawarma and falafel are on offer at this all-day-dining restaurant. A selection of dates, hot and cold appetisers, soups, salads and desserts complement the buffet’s main fare. AED 219 per person, AED 110 for children aged six to 12. Al Raha Beach Hotel, E10. Sunset-10.30pm. Contact: 02 508 0431, fbsecretary.alraha@danathotels.com

 Café 302

Arabic and international flavours are on offer when the sun sets at this chic downtown café. The small buffet will feature healthy starters, salads, mains, dessert and seasonal beverages. AED 140 per person, half-price for children aged six to 12. Al Maha Arjaan by Rotana, Hamdan Bin Mohammed Street. Sunset to 8.30pm. Contact: 02 610 6666

Pepper Restaurant

This relaxed restaurant is serving daily iftar in the form of a traditional buffet comprised of mainly Arabic delicacies. The buffet will be filled with dishes ranging from starters to mains and desserts. AED 139 per person, half price for children aged six to 12. Novotel Abu Dhabi Al Bustan, Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Street. Sunset-10.30pm. Contact: 02 501 6086

Layali El Hillmiya

This annual Ramadan tent will house a selection of over 300 Arabic and international dishes. Designed to accommodate 1,000 guests, the expansive, air-conditioned tent will feature interactive cooking stations, food trucks and live entertainment. AED 180 per person. Le Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi, Fatima Bint Mubarak Street. Sunset-8.30pm. Contact: 02 674 2020, leroyalmeridienabudhabi.com

Sim Sim

Over 100 international dishes will greet guests at this family-friendly concept billed as The Market Iftar. Aside from the wide array of cuisines served at the live cooking stations, there are also arts and crafts and activities for children that celebrate Emirati culture. AED 199 per person, half price for children aged six to 12. Saadiyat Rotana, Saadiyat Island. Sunset-10pm. Contact: 02 697 0129, rotana.com

Sofra BLD

With stunning views of the Grand Mosque, this all-day-dining restaurant invites people to break their fast with an extensive buffet of mostly Emirati cuisine. The enormous selection presented in an old bazaar setting ranges from slow roasted camel meat and seafood like seabream and red snapper to pistachio madluka with cream, luqaimat and maamoul. AED 250 per person, AED 125 for children aged six to 12. Shangri-La Qaryat Al Beri, between the bridges. Sunset-8pm. Contact: 02 509 8888, reservations.slad@shangri-la.com

Urban Kitchen

Middle Eastern fare is the highlight of this iftar. Enjoy traditional favourites like lamb ouzi, mixed grills, hot and cold mezze, shoukaf, kebab orfaly, Moroccan chicken tagine with apricots, and sweets prepared exclusively for the occasion. AED 185 per person, AED 90 for children aged six to 12. Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi, Muroor Road. 7pm-9.30pm. Contact: 02 698 8137, reservation.table@dusit.com

Grand Millennium Al Wahda

A generous spread of traditional Middle Eastern specialities including hot and cold mezze, salads, soups, local sweets and international dishes will be rolled out for diners to enjoy. The evening is made even more special by the addition of live music. AED 190 person, AED 95 for children aged six to 12. Hazza Bin Zayed Street, next to Al Wahda Mall. Sunset-9pm. Contact: 02 443 9999, bit.ly/2fejVge

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