It’s Ramadan time and Dubai has a whole host of restaurants that put together some of the best and most luxurious Iftar buffets you can imagine! There are so many good places to choose from, it was hard to make a final list but here are my personal favourites. Whether you’re wanting a luxury iftar buffet to impress your friends or one which is ideal for taking the family. We’ve included a range of different iftars from different categories to suit a range of budgets. So enjoy and take a look through our Iftar buffets in Dubai list!
Dubai is already known for its luxury hotels so of course, they have buffets to match. While there are many restaurant buffet options throughout the year in Dubai. Ramadan is one where lots of restaurants that don’t usually offer a buffet, offer one, especially for the Ramadan month in their Ramadan tents. You can learn more about Ramadan with our article.
*Prices correct as of 2019
What is an iftar?
The Arabic word aftar means to break fast and so the word for the meal where you break your fast is called Iftar. During Ramadan, Muslims fast during the daylight hours and iftar is the first meal they eat once the sun sets. Iftar doesn’t have to be a buffet but iftar buffets are hugely popular in Dubai, especially during Ramadan.
Dubai’s best Iftars
The best classic Iftar
The Majlis – Dubai World Trade Centre
This is a great traditional option and is set up temporarily at Dubai’s convention centre every year. You’ll find lots of colorful decorations and traditional Islamic inspired arches. There are a good amount of food options and is a good mid-range buffet. The venue boasts award-winning chefs preparing the many dishes. Parking is free for iftar but is chargeable for suhoor. Get 10% off if you buy online in advance.
165 AED per person
85 AED for kids 6 to 12
Free for kids under 6
Best family option
Emirates Bio Farm Iftar
This one is a bit of a drive away and is technically Abu Dhabi but it is truly one of the most unique Iftars available in Dubai. Their Iftar is only available on weekends but is a great experience that is ideal for families. So we had to include it on our list for best Iftar buffets Dubai. Served inside a greenhouse, you’ll definitely want to take some photos. Included in the price of the Iftar is a farm tour. This takes around an hour and needs to be done before you enjoy the Iftar buffet. They also offer a good selection of vegetarian options. *You must buy your ticket online in advance and they sell out pretty quickly so make sure to book early!
180 AED per person
80 AED for kids 6 to 12
Free for kids under 6
Best healthy option
Rove Hotel – Downtown, Trade Center, Deira, Healthcare City & Dubai Marina
Offering a wide selection of healthy dishes and is a really down to earth iftar. It’s also one of the most affordable available in Dubai. The restaurant features wooden tables or if you’re in a large group, there are long wooden benches to sit. It’s a great casual atmosphere with your friends. They also have a great selection of vegetarian options which is rare to find at an Iftar buffet in Dubai.
99 AED per person
Al Hadheerah, Bal Al Shams – Al Qudra Road
Feel like you’ve taken a step back in time in a luxury bedouin style desert camp. You can sit under the stars as you dine, surrounded by the beauty of the Arabian desert. This iftar is perfect for when you have guests and are wanting to impress them with a one of a kind experience. It is a little bit of a drive but is definitely worth it. This iftar buffet includes live entertainment.
Sometimes this one is on offer on Groupon, so good to do a quick check before you go!
265 AED per person weekdays
295 AED per person weekends
The most affordable
Mama’esh – Umm Suqeim, Business Bay, DIFC & Al Warqa
Ok so this one isn’t actually an Iftar buffet in Dubai but is actually a set menu served for Ramadan. It includes a selection of starters, a main of your choice and a dessert. This Palestinian restaurant serves a feeling of homemade food and is a real gem of Dubai. I recommend going there even when it isn’t Ramadan. Their iftar offers a great opportunity to try a few of their different signature dishes at a very affordable price. *You must book one day in advance via the phone
49 AED per person
Le Petite Maison – DIFC
Ok so I had to include just one more set menu style as an Iftar for Ramadan as this is an amazing opportunity to try one of the best restaurants in Dubai at an affordable price. Le Petite Maison is the kind of restaurant you take a client to when you really want to wow them and it’s equally fabulous for an Iftar. For the cost of this set menu iftar you get four courses for the price of what you’d typically spend on a single main dish. At the complete other end of Mama’esh but giving you the perfect time to sample some of their signature dishes.
240 AED per person
Best international iftar
Meydan Ramadan Tent – Meydan
Most Ramadan Iftar buffets in Dubai tend to be more focused on Arabic food. This Iftar buffet is ideal if you’re wanting more international foods. They have a wide selection of different types of food including sushi and pasta. They also have your typical Arabic buffet dishes. Plus, Meydan is a lovely location with views over the racecourse.
199 AED per person
Best luxury iftar
Al Majlis, Madinat Jumeirah – Umm Suqeim
It was tough to choose from all the amazing hotels. In order to pick which is the best luxury Iftar buffet in Dubai. I’m a huge fan of the Jumeirah group, they often go above and beyond. Out of all of the five-star hotels in Dubai, there’s just something extra special about them. The inside is in typical Dubai style with its luxurious feel and opulent decorations. This incredible iftar serves mostly traditional Arabic dishes and inside feels magical.
220 AED per person
We hope you have a lovely Ramadan and enjoy some of the Iftar buffets in Dubai off this list. We’ll try out best to keep the prices up to date. Dubai is a lovely city to spend Ramadan in with so many restaurants and hotels doing such fabulous iftars.