Suhoor is formally the meal consumed before dawn but many venues around the city offer suhoor as a means of bringing people together after they break the fast. Whether you prefer your meal late the night before or just before dawn, ADW tells you where you can go to enjoy the spirit of Ramadan.
Suhoor, which translates to ‘of the dawn’, is the predawn meal that is consumed early in the morning before fasting begins for the day. The meal is usually eaten around 4am before fajr prayer but nowadays, venues across the capital start hosting suhoor as early as the evening before.
These extended meal times tend to be more about camaraderie than food but suhoor is an important meal nonetheless, so we’ve rounded up a list of places where you can gather with your loved ones and enjoy the atmosphere and a bit of food.
Have suhoor under the stars at Mai Café with a set Arabic menu from AED 89. Booking required. Aloft Abu Dhabi, next to Adnec. 9pm-midnight. Contact: 02 654 5193
Take your pick of dishes from the menu while listening to the sounds of a live oud player at Li Beirut. AED 175. Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, Corniche West. 9pm-2am. Contact: 02 811 5666, firstname.lastname@example.org
The custom built pavilion at Emirate’s Palace offers an exclusive suhoor experience. Sink into comfortable seating in cosy enclaves while taking in stunning views of the beach from the terrace. AED 150. Corniche West. 10pm-2am. Contact: 02 690 7999, email@example.com
Unwind with friends in the calm setting of The Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort & Spa with traditional Arabic nibbles and unlimited tea or coffee. AED 150. Sas Al Nakhl. 9pm onwards. Contact: 02 616 9999, firstname.lastname@example.org
If a casual suhoor is what you’re looking for, head to 99 Sushi Bar and Restaurant for a set Ramadan menu complete with ten courses, which includes starters, mains and dessert. AED 199. The Galleria, Al Maryah Island. 10.30pm-11.30pm. Contact: 02 672 3333, 99sushibar.com
Have it your way and enjoy the rich flavours of Sambusek via your choice of a set or à la carte menu. The popular Sambusek Tent also offers beach views and live entertainment by kanoon and oud duo, Khalid & Razan. AED 135 for set menu. Rosewood Abu Dhabi, Al Maryah Island. 10pm-1am. Contact: 02 813 5550, email@example.com
Experience suhoor inside the luxurious Al Majlis Tent this Ramadan where you can get your fill of Arabic cuisine and maybe even bump into a celebrity or two as this location aims to draw notable personalities. With entertainment, modern amenities and a beachfront terrace, you can’t go wrong. AED 130. Al Hudayriat Island. 1am-3am. Contact: 054 557 7227, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Al Tasamoh tent is designed to impress with its gorgeous Moroccan inspired interiors. Visit for suhoor and enjoy a specially curated menu of classic Arabic dishes. Nightly entertainment is lined up, too, for a truly inspiring Ramadan experience. AED 100 minimum spend. Bab Al Qasr Hotel & Residences, Corniche West. 10pm-2am. Contact: 02 205 3026, email@example.com
Have a generous suhoor buffet that the whole family can enjoy at Al Khayal Tent. AED 99 for adults, AED 50 for kids. Marriott Hotel Al Forsan, Khalifa City. 9.30pm-1.30am. Contact: 02 201 4131, mariottalforsan.com
À la carte
Get with friends and enjoy music, views of the marina and Lebanese food in a unique al fresco setting under the Ramadan tent at Byblos Sur Mer. There’s a minimum spend of AED 95 per person and special rates for groups of ten or more. InterContinental Abu Dhabi, Al Bateen, 9.30pm-3am. Contact: 800 423 463, icad.ae
At AT25, you can enjoy spectacular views of the city from the 25th floor, feel the evening breeze and choose from a variety of options on the menu. Marriott Hotel Downtown Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Street. 7pm-9.30pm. Contact: 02 304 7777, marriottdowntownabudhabilife.com
Settle down in a private, curtained cove and enjoy a selection of dishes for a sophisticated yet laidback suhoor experience at Crystal Lounge. St Regis Abu Dhabi, Nation Towers, Corniche West. 9pm-3am. Contact: 02 694 4553, firstname.lastname@example.org
Family and friends can enjoy an à la carte menu featuring Arabian favourites at Mijana. The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal, Khor Al Maqtaa. 8.30pm-2am. Contact: 02 818 8282, email@example.com
Experience the splendour of the holy month in the vibrant setting of the Ramadan Khaymetna tent. The evening features à la carte delicacies, a live oud performance and house games including backgammon and chess. Free for children under six, 50 percent off for children aged six to 11. Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan. Corniche West. 9.30pm-2.30pm. Contact: 02 657 0152, firstname.lastname@example.org
Enjoy suhoor with uninterrupted views of the ocean from the Beach House Rooftop while you dine on a Turkish-inspired menu. Park Hyatt Hotel and Villas, Saadiyat Island. 9pm-1am. Contact: 02 407 1234, abu email@example.com