The Best Unconventional Non-Arabic Iftars in Dubai
One of the best parts about Ramadan in Dubai is the countless number of Iftar tents that populate the city. But, as well as the more traditional fare, Dubai is also home to many non-Arabic and unusual Iftars that are often referred to as 'Non-Traditional Iftars'. So why not break your fast with an all American feast or even an authentic French spread?
We've put together a list of some of our favorite interesting and unconventional Iftar ideas in Dubai for 2019.
Take your Iftar to new heights and dine at Hotel Cartagena in JW Marriot Marquis, the tallest hotel in the world. Indulge in a delicious South American inspired 4-course menu with exclusive dishes created just for the event. Celebrate with friends & family at this tropical paradise in the midst of the city.
Time: From sunset
Price: AED 199 per person
Book your Iftar at Hotel Cartagena
If you're craving Turkish food for Iftar, the wildly popular, Ruya in Marina, is offering a lavish Iftar set menu this Ramadan. The menu includes a number of their most popular dishes including grilled seabream, marinated baby chicken, cheese pide, adana kebab, and a handful of tasty starters and soups.
Time: Sunset to 11:00pm (A la carte available from 9:00pm-11:00pm)
Price: AED 249 per person including Turkish tea, Ramadan drinks, and water
Break your fast in this European inspired setting with quintessential Mediterranean charm, serving wholesome dishes with a focus on tantalizing seafood, sociable sharing platters and refreshing aperitivo. Enjoy Villamore's iftar menu with Levant, bold & exotic flavors fused with the sun-soaked shores of the Mediterranean.
Price: AED 250 per person for 3 courses
Burger & Lobster
Every evening, Burger & Lobster is offering two very unique Iftar menus designed for both individuals, and also friends and families.
The individual set menu costs AED 149 and includes a cheeseburger, mini prawn roll, soup of the day, half a pound of lobster and tres leches to finish.
Book your Iftar at Burger & Lobster
Masala Library by Jiggs Kalra
The newly opened Masala Library by Jiggs Kalra at JW Marriott Marquis is hosting an Iftar with a difference with their Indian Iftar set-menu.
AED 230 for non-vegetarian menu including Ramadan juices
AED 195 for vegetarian menu including Ramadan juices
Book your table at Masala Library by Jiggs Kalra
Break your fast in laid-back luxury with Matagi. Their exclusive Iftar menu embraces the traditional tastes of the Levant, bold and exotic, fused with fresh flavours from the sun-soaked shores of the Mediterranean.
Price: AED 250 for 3 courses
For an international Iftar, step into the award-winning Kitchen6 restaurant, where six interactive cooking stations come to life creating an extraordinary selection of world cuisines.
Time: Sunset to 8:30pm
Price: AED 215 per person
Mint Leaf of London
Mint Leaf of London's contemporary take on authentic Indian cuisine in an unmistakably upmarket ambiance has made it one of the most acclaimed Indian restaurants in Dubai.
This year, Mint Leaf has curated an exclusive 9-course set menu meticulously crafted to pay homage to the culinary diversity of the streets of India. With delicacies with a street food twist like Jhinga Chettinas, Palak Patta Chat & Cheese Kurkure Kulcha, Chef Pradeep Khullar has created an exquisite Iftar experience for his diners.
Price: AED 215 per person for 9-course set menu
Book your Iftar at Mint Leaf of London
Carnival By Tresind
Celebrate Iftar with family, friends & colleagues at Carnival by Trèsind. Catering to the myriad of cultures that flaunt the bustling city, Carnival by Tresind is a celebration of Indian food, where Indian food comes of age to shed its erstwhile glamorous modern avatar and take leaps ahead to enter the post modern era.
Dining at Carnival is a gastronomic fiesta that pushes the boundaries of fine dining to transcend into a nostalgic culinary experience which revokes childhood memories and takes you back to your days of yore.
This Ramadan, enjoy a cold buffet and a special set-menu for Iftar at Carnival by Tresind.
Price: AED 149 per person
Book your table at Carnival by Tresind
Un Dimanche à Paris
'Un Dimanche à Paris' born in Saint-Germain-des-Prés, an Elegant Quarter in Central Paris, has now opened in Dubai. It represents the Parisian-Art-of- Living through their Gourmet cuisine, Haute Couture pastries & fresh chocolates all in a chic & casual atmosphere.
Indulge in a delectable Iftar-set menu with exquisite French delicacies exclusively created by the Chef for the occasion.
Price: AED 99 per person inclusive of Ramadan drinks & soft drinks
Book your table at Un Dimanche à Paris
Give your Iftar an Indian-twist with Asha's sumptuous Iftar. Feast on Indian classics like Murgh Malai, Rogan Josh, Assorted Bread and a lot more at an unbelievable price.
Price: AED 99 per person inclusive of Ramadan drinks
A great spot offering delicious Mexican food, La Carnita's Iftar menu is definitely one for the books! Enjoy a delectable Mexican-inspired Iftar this Ramadan with their exclusive Ramadan menu with delicacies like Avocado Hummus and Zaatar Lamb Tacos. La Carnita will also be serving dishes from it's a la carte menu throughout the day.
Join the Iftar at Cafe Society, a friendly and artistic space inspired by the extravagance of the 1920-1960's society, with friends and family with an exclusive Iftar buffet.
Time: From sunset
Price: AED 160 per adult
Book your table at Cafe Society
Celebrate this holy month with an iconic Iftar at the Dubai Opera. Indulge in a Ramadan feast with a variety of live stations serving an extravagant spread of Levantine & Khaleeji favourites with signature Modern European dishes & daily changing menus inspired by Greek, Italian, Turkish, Algerian & Persian specialties at The Loft, Dubai Opera.
Enjoy this feast alongside hand-crafted mocktails, milkshakes & Ramadan themed-drinks while relaxing with sounds of tranquil live entertainment & wind down with exotic Arabian & French desserts served with Moroccan teas & cinnamon-scented sahlab.
To mark the Holy month, Ramusake will be offering something different to the traditional set-menu concept, a more flexible option with Ramadan-inspired dishes that can be enjoyed alongside the a la carte menu.
Groups can also enjoy sharing dishes like Braised Lamb Leg with lamb rice, garlic stir fry and a lot more.
Counter Culture Cafe
Immerse into delicious Arabic delicacies and an international spread this Ramadan, complete with various live stations and a selection of refreshing Arabic beverages.
Price: AED 159 per person
Time: From sunset to 9:00pm
Book your Iftar at Counter Culture Cafe
During the Holy Month, Gaucho DIFC will be offering a laid back and sociable 3-course menu, giving diners plenty of opportunities to sit back, relax and enjoy.
Pique your appetite with one of the enticing starters including freshly prepared Grilled Pumpkin & Quinoa Salad, sumptuous Salmon Tataki and more.
Gaucho's culinary experts have pulled out all the stops for this menu’s main courses, which include delicious Carrot Linguini, tender Spatchcock Chicken and of course the famous show-stopping Gaucho Burger.
Make sure to leave room for pudding as the sharing platter of desserts is sure to satisfy even the sweetest of teeth with its vibrant flavours and zesty delights.
Price: AED 250 per person
During the month of Ramadan, Hakkasan will be featuring their Ramadan Iftar menu. The meticulously crafted 4-course set menu will allow guests to try a number of Hakkasan's specially created dishes and beverages as well as some unique Ramadan sweets.
The Ramadan Iftar menu will be available daily from 6:00pm-7:30pm
Price: AED 288
Offering a new contemporary take on Arabic food, Olea adds a modern twist to the flavours of the six Levantine nations - Syria, Palestine, Jordan, Southern Turkey and Cyprus. This Ramadan, enjoy a delicious Iftar from this modern Arabian kitchen amid opulent surroundings with a lush terrace area.
Price: AED 210
Break your fast with a Mexican twist with Muchachas' exclusive Iftar menu with a wide selection of delicious dishes like guacamole & chicken wings, delectable desserts and refreshing beverages to satisfy your appetite after a long day of fasting.
Take advantage of our tantalising options, embrace the endless good times and break your fast with a fiesta fantástica at Muchachas throughout Ramadan.
Time: Sunset-late night
Price: AED 149 per person for a 4-course set menu inclusive of mocktails & water
This Ramadan, take a walk through the streets of Asia with an authentic Asian Iftar menu with some of Miss Tess's most-popular delicacies like Miso Soup and Grilled Chicken Teriyaki.
Price: AED 99 per person
Boulevard Kitchen is the signature restaurant serving food from the greater Middle Eastern region with a focus on Levantine cuisine in a contemporary Arabesque environment. This Ramadan, head to the Downtown Dubai restaurant to indulge in a delectable Iftar buffet.
Time: Sunset to 9:00pm
- AED 195 per person, including Soft Beverages and Arabic Juices
- Children below 6 years dine free
- Children between 6 to 12 years receive 50% discount
Book your Iftar at Boulevard Kitchen
Ring in Iftar with a unique Korean Barbecue on the 31st floor of W Hotel. Enjoy a futuristic & versatile set-menu with bold Korean flavours & traditional Japanese flavours at this intriguing culinary concept.
- AED 155 per person inclusive of soft beverages
- AED 77.5 for kids aged 5-12
- Complimentary for kids under 4
Break your fast at Bice Ristorante for an Italian iftar with a modern twist. Enjoy a menu full of classic Italian dishes exclusively created by the chefs for the holy month.
Time: Sunset - Late
Price: AED 250 per person inclusive of Ramadan beverages
Book your Iftar at Bice Ristorante
For something a bit different this Ramadan, try the Iftar buffet at Japanese restaurant, Minato, featuring some of the restaurant's signature dishes that will give a unique Japanese twist to your Ramadan.
- AED 199 per person inclusive of juices & soft drinks
- AED 89 for kids aged 4-12
- Complimentary for kids under 4
Enjoy Iftar at this family-friendly spot in Souk Al Bahar with gorgeous views of the Dubai Fountain.
Feast on BiCE Mare's La Famiglia menu with delicacies that reinvent Italian fine dining with 4-courses including Mediterranean favourites such as gnocchi, meatballs and slow-roasted lamb shank, plus a selection of Italian mini cakes.
Time: Sunset - 11:00pm
Price AED 195 per person
Indulge in a delicious international Iftar buffet at Cascades with three Arabic live stations and interactive food stalls recreating the atmosphere of an authentic market!
- AED 184 per person
- AED 92 for kids aged 6-12
- Complimentary for kids under 6
Cabana, Address Dubai Mall
As the sun sets over the stunning Dubai cityscape, break your fast with a flavourful Mediterranean buffet in the alfresco setting of Address Dubai Mall’s poolside restaurant, Cabana. Choose from a variety of Mediterranean classics and all-time favourites as you enjoy vibrant conversations with friends and family amidst the ethereal tunes of live oud music.
- AED 195 per person
- 50% off for children between 6 and 11 years old
- Complimentary for children 5 years and under
Give your Ramadan a Turkish spin this year and head to Kaftan for a delightful Iftar buffet including delicacies like meat grills, fresh bread and a wide selection of desserts.
Time: Sunset to 2:00am
- AED 190 per person
Kanpai, the sophisticated Asian fusion restaurant located in the heart of Dubai, will be host to a delicious Iftar set menu this Ramadan. Head here if you are looking for something different come sunset this year.
- AED 199 per person for 4-course set menu
Join Ninive for an outstanding Iftar with delicacies from Iran, Iraq, Egypt, Turkey and Saudi at AED 250 including water and a selection of juices.
The Talk Restaurant
Experience an authentic buffet spread at The Talk restaurant in Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach featuring local favourites and offering a variety of hot and cold mezze with live cooking stations for AED 145 per person. Embrace the spirit with family and friends while enjoying traditional tunes by our oud player.
Time: Sunset to 10:30pm
- AED 145 per person
- Kids below 12 dine free.
Book your Iftar at The Talk Restaurant
This year Ananta at the Oberoi Business Bay offers you a luxurious special Dehlvi Iftar set menu served in a traditional thali style.
Price: AED 190 per person
Time: Sunset onwards
Indulge in a lavish Iftar buffet at the signature restaurant RARE, where our Executive Chef with his culinary team will offer traditional delicacies including a mix of classic Arabic mezze, traditional Harira and lentil soups, delicious mix grill stations and an assortment of desserts such as kunafa, katayef, and creamy Um Ali.
The array of options will leave you spoilt for choice and is priced at only AED 150 per person inclusive of soft beverages in an elegant setting.
Children between the ages of 5 – 11 years receive 50% off the adult price.
Weslodge Saloon will be hosting an Iftar menu priced at AED 235 per person every evening this Ramadan.
Book your Iftar at Weslodge Saloon
Why not have Chinese this Ramadan at Royal China? Their Iftar set menu will be priced at AED 268 per person.
Book your Iftar at Royal China
Kaleidoscope at Atlantis the Palm will be hosting a lavish Iftar buffet for an extravagant Ramadan experience, available from Sunset-8:30
Price: AED 215
Book your Iftar at Kaleidoscope
Looking for Iftar with a view? Head to Tomo this Ramadan for an Iftar set menu priced at AED 250 per person.
For an Indian themed Iftar, you're going to want to dine at Khyber this Ramadan. Every evening from Sunset to 9:00pm they will be offering an Iftar set menu priced at AED 185 per person.
- AED 185 per person
- AED 165 per person for groups of 10 or more
- AED 95 per child 6-12 years old
- Children 0-5 years dine free
Want to find out more about what's happening in Dubai during Ramadan?
Check out our other articles about The Best Ramadan Tents in 2019, All Day Dining for Ramadan 2019, as well as Must Try Luxury Iftars in Dubai, A Guide to Ramadan Savings, and Must-Try Suhoors in Dubai.