Lavish Iftar buffets, delicious al la carte Suhoors, traditional music, live entertainment board games, shisha - we're obviously talking about one of the most special times of the year; Ramadan! And as usual, Dubai has a mind boggling array of restaurants and hotels that are going all out to make the occasion as memorable as possible. But if you're looking to really embrace the Ramadan spirit post sundown, then you're going to have to hit up one of these Ramadan Tents for Iftar! Grab some family or some friends and get ready to enjoy a seriously good food at the very best Ramadan Tents in Dubai.
The Kempinski Palm Jumeirah's Layali Tent
This was one of our favorite spots last Ramadan, thanks to the unique combination of a panoramic view of Dubai's skyline and the Arabian sea, the tasteful and elegant interior design, and the sublime Iftar food spread. But don't just take out word for it; the Layali Tent was voted one of the best Iftars in Dubai by Gulf Business 2015! The constellation-shaped tent creates a Ramadan atmosphere, which is complimented by the attention to detail, such as the water fountains place within the tent itself.
Syrian born Chef Kasem Alkhobi is the man behind the gastronomic food offering, and has a 6 day rotating menu that showcases the very best Ramadan dishes. It also means you can visit this place multiple times and always come across a new culinary experience! Drinks include favorites such as jallab, kamardeen, Vimto and rose milk, and a variety of fresh juices, while everything from mezes to biryani, kebbeh bil laban, ouzi and mixed grills are included in the buffet. Dessert includes a number of traditional twists, with dishes including umm ali, ketayef with nuts and baklava, and a few non classical items like flour-less chocolate cake and the Paris-Brest. The Kempinksi Palm Jumeirah's Layali Tent offers an Iftar buffet from sunset to 9pm, priced at AED185++, and a Suhoor from 10:30pm to 3am, with a minimum spend of AED95 per person excluding shisha.
The Oberoi Hotel's Al Majlis Ramadan Tent
The Oberoi's Ramadan tent Al Majlis has a classical Arabian Nights theme and is set up in one of the hotel's opulent ballrooms. It has been decked out in a classical Arabian Nights theme, complimented by traditional live music thanks to a very skilled oud and tabla duo. They've even spiced things up even further by providing a henna artist and a mini souk! Now onto the delicious iftar buffet.
The food offering here is pretty unique thanks to their sustainable, locally sourced, organic concepts. Most of their ingredients are sourced from UAE-based organic farms, and it's a nice way of supporting local produce industries. Besides a pretty grandiose spread of Middle Eastern delights, there's also some Far Eastern and Indian themed dishes, including sushi and sashimi. Hommos, babaganoush, lamb ouzi, grills, koftas, curries, macaroni béchamel; the list goes and on! Make sure to leave some space for dessert as, besides a large variety of cakes, patisserie and fruits, there's also a chocolate fountain. Al Majlis' Iftar offering is available from sunset to 9:30pm, and is priced at AED195++.
Fairmont The Palm's Sababa Tent by Mezzah House
The Sababa Tent by Mezzah House is really going all out with the Ramadan extras! Besides some great interior design, there's going to be a great range of traditional live entertainment, including a variety of Arabic bands, Egyptian and Turkish Tanoura dances, a traditional Saj Baker, fortune tellers, henna artists, and much more by the sounds of things. This is the place to go to if you also want to keep an eye on the UEFA Euro 2016 football, as they will be airing the matches at 6pm each evening.
The food is also going to be pretty spectacular, with a focus on classical Ramadan dishes accompanied by live cooking stations and demonstrations. Fairmont The Palm's Sababa Tent by Mezzah House is available from 6pm to 9pm, and is priced at AED160++ per person with a complimentary shisha if seated in the courtyard area, and AED160++ without shisha if seated in the ballroom area. There is a 50% discount for children up to 12 years old. Sohoor is available from 9pm onwards and is priced at AED100++ minimum spend per person.
Madinat Jumeirah's Al Majlis
Al Majlis is up there with the very best Ramadan experiences in our book! The venue has a capacity for 1,000 guests, but it handles the volume well and while things can get busy, it never feels too crowded. It's a truly spectacular setting complete with amazing Arabian architecture, tasteful and beautiful interiors and a gastronomic Ramadan spread. The expansive buffet includes a range of traditional specialties such as lentil soup, whole lamb ouzi, veal harres, hot and cold mezze, mixed grill, warbat cream, and Um Ali, as well as a selection of live cooking stations.
If you're after a taste of real Arabian hospitality served in a seriously opulent venue that embraces the Ramadan spirit to the max, then head on down to this place. For those of you after some shisha, they will be serving it for one hour during the Suhoor meal. Madinat Jumeirah's Al Majlis' Iftar takes place from sunset to 8:30pm and priced at AED210++ per person including Ramadan juices, water, and soft drinks. Suhoor is available from 9:30pm to 3am.
Atlantis the Palm's Asateer Tent
Atlantis the Palm does Ramadan like it does everything else; bigger and better than you could have ever imagined! And the Asateer Tent is no exception. This Ramadan tent has a spectacular beachfront view, a glittering oriental style interior and a seating capacity of 2,500 - it can get pretty bustling in here! It's one of Dubai's favorites thanks to its famous celebrity opening nights, amazing Indian and Iranian cuisine. The Asateer Tent also pulls in quite a GCC crowd, making it a bit of a local haunt.
The dress code is conservative, but you still get to appreciate the designer dishdasha and abayas! The tent offers an unforgettable experience, with traditional oud players, dedicated prayer rooms, card games as well as chess and backgammon. Atlantis the Palm's Asateer Tent's Iftar takes place from 6.30pm to 8.30pm and is priced at AED205++ per person. Suhoor takes places from 9.30pm to 2.30am and is priced at a minimum spend of AED185++.