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: Iftar 6.30pm – 8.30pm | Suhoor 9.30pm – 2.30am
Price: Iftar AED205 per adult | Suhoor AED185 minimum spend
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. It will serve an international cuisine at iftar for AED 195 per person. Its suhoor is the same price excluding shisha charges.
Time: Sunset until 8.30pm
Price: AED195 per person
Location: 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: From sunset until 12am
Price: AED250 per adult, half price for children aged 5 to 12
Location: Bab Al Shams Resort
Ramadan Majlis: Ever tried Arabian sushi? How about a date cheesecake? Enjoy a modernist touch to a traditional time at the DIFC Ramadan Majlis, featuring contemporary seating designs and Arabian twists to international favourites. A collection of private majlis, and the soothing music ensures a relaxed yet lively ambience.
Time: Iftar Sunset to 9pm | Suhoor 9pm – 2am
Price: AED195 per adult, AED110 per child
Location: The Ritz-Carlton, DIFC