Ramadan in Abu Dhabi: Iftar & Suhoor around the City
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 some cool restaurants: enjoy the magic of those places!! 🙂
Barfly By Buddha-Bar
Choose what you fancy from the à la carte suhoor menu and take in the gorgeous views over the Grand Canal.
Prices vary. 9pm-2am. Venetian Village, The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi Grand Canal, Khor Al Maqta
Unwind to the soothing sounds of oud and qanun music in the chilled atmosphere of the Anantara tent where guests can order their favourite seasonal dishes and regional favourites.
Dhs80 (minimum spend). Daily 10pm-3am. Eastern Mangroves Hotel and Spa by Anantara
The Ramadan Pavilion at Emirates Palace is something else. As well as being home to a private lounge area and majlis, it also serves an à la carte suhoor menu until 2am. The views over the private beach and the glittering Gulf are sensational too.
Dhs150 (minimum spend). 10pm-2am. Emirates Palace, West Corniche
Byblos Sur Mer
Take your place in the Byblos Sur Mer tent by the marina and unwind in the wee hours with a selection of Middle Eastern food on offer, live entertainment and a relaxed atmosphere.
Dhs95 (minimum spend). Daily 9.30pm-3am. InterContinental Abu Dhabi, King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Saud Street
Layali El Hilmiya
Take your pick from a selection of Middle Eastern dishes from the a la carte at Layali El Hilmiya and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere with refreshing drinks before the sun rises over the city.
Various prices. Open 9pm-2am Sat-Wed and 9pm-3am Thu-Fri. Le Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Khalifa Street
Al Maryah Ballroom Ramadan Tent
Take your spot in the stunning ballroom at Four Season Abu Dhabi where guests are invited to enjoy an evening of traditional Middle Eastern dishes, sweet treats and beverages in an elegant and relaxing atmosphere.
Various prices. Daily 9pm-2am. Four Seasons Abu Dhabi, Al Maryah Island