What is the difference between iftar and suhoor? Both are the names given to meals taken outside fasting time during Ramadan: iftar occurs after sunset and suhoor before sunrise. Once the sun sets on a day of fasting, it’s a joyous occasion of eating and socialising. Most hotels and restaurants offer special iftar meals, most commonly a large spread of Middle Eastern mezze favourites such as hommus and falafel, and some traditional Emirati dishes such as baby camel, grilled sea-bass and halva (a dense Turkish-style dessert of seeds and honey), all washed down with rose-scented and date juices. Fruits, sweetened grains, yogurts and puddings are the main features of a suhoor meal, which is eaten just before sunrise.
Time: Iftar starts at sunset till 8.30/9pm; Suhoor starts after 9pm till 2am (check before booking)!!
We have selected for you, the best Ramadan Tent: enjoy the magic of those places!! 🙂
Asateer, Atlantis The Palm An annual tradition at this resort on the Palm Jumeirah is the huge Ramadan tent, Asateer. Located next to the shore, the tent is so vast it even includes prayer rooms. At the buffet here, you can expect to find a selection of dishes from across the region, including a new signature of Emirati lamb thareed, a shawarma fattah station, lamb ouzi, kibbeh bil laban, fish sayadieh, chicken mousakhan and lobster tajine with couscous. Dessert stations will feature a vast variety of ice-cream flavours such as Umm Ali and saffron camel milk.
Time: Running daily from sunset – 8:30pm
Price: AED 220 per person
Location: Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah
AL Majlis Tent: Situated in Mina Al Salam in Madinat Jumeirah, Al Majlis tent has indoor and outdoor terraces and live culinary stations. From the Jumeirah-catered dining selections to the gorgeous interiors, the space features intimate private majlis sections that are perfect for cosy shisha sessions with friends.
Time: Running from sunset – 8:45pm
Price: AED 220 per person.
Location: Madinat Jumeirah, Mina Al Salam
Bab Al Shams:Find yourself in a Bedouin-inspired experience at Bab Al Shams Desert Resort and Spa where the Arabian spirit is embodied in all its glory. In the comfort of a temperature controlled tent you enjoy authentic Middle Eastern cuisine prepared using ancient recipes. Post-meal, sit back and enjoy the quiet of the desert as the camel and caravan show, oud performances and tanoura dancing entertain you. It doesn’t get more authentic than breaking your fast in the desert.
Time: Running from sunset – 11.30pm; Suhoor runs from 8pm-1am
Price: AED 265 per person (weekdays), AED 295 (Thursday-Saturday)
Location: Bab Al Shams Resort
The Majlis at DWTC: Nothing quite compares to the size and scope of The Majlis at DWTC. This space fills up with hundreds of guests nightly, offering an eye-popping array of culinary creations and room to relax. You can book a lounge set-up for groups of 8 or a private majlis which seats 12. Come down for Suhoor when shisha and traditional coffee is served.
Time: Iftar – sunset to 8.30pm | Suhoor runs from 9pm-3am (4am on weekends)
Price: Iftar – AED160 per person | Suhoor (à la carte) – with a minimum spend of AED 100 per person
Location: Za’abeel Hall 6, Dubai World Trade Centre
Ramadan Tent at Ewaan: an icon returns, renewed. The Palace Downtown Dubai enjoys the stellar distinction of presenting our beloved Ramadan Tent, completely reimagined in layout and ambience this year, which now extends further into The Palace Gardens. A sanctuary of serenity, it’s where a generous Arabic buffet is served over Iftar and Suhour, while live Oud harmonies fill the air with a sense of enchantment.
Time: Iftar – sunset to 9pm | Suhoor – 10pm to 1am (weekdays); 10pm to 2am (weekends)
Price: Iftar – AED255 per person | Suhoor – AED170 per person | children ages 6-11 are half price
Location: The Palace Downtown
Ramadan Courtyard Cafe’ at One&Only Royal Mirage
From the warm lighting to the Arabesque decor, the Ramadan Courtyard Café at One&Only is extravagant, yet refined. The hotel features a second Ramadan majlis in the Arabian Court that’s equally impressive, so you have a choice of fairytale settings to lounge with a cup of Moroccan tea and shisha.
Price: AED 140 per person. Running from 8pm-2am.
Location: The Palace at One&Only Royal Mirage, Al Sufouh Rd
Ramadan Tent at Habtoor Grand Resort
Surrounded by the lush gardens at Habtoor Grand Resort, this Ramadan tent Dubai hotspot features comfortable sofa seating and elegant decor draped in white. The iftar buffet features a range of international dishes and local favorites like Umm Ali – along with live Oud entertainment.
Time: Iftar – Running from sunset – 8:30pm; Suhoor runs from 8:30pm-3am
Price: Iftar AED 149 per person; Suhoor with an a la carte menu on offer.
Location: Habtoor Grand Resort, Dubai Marina