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!! 🙂
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The sleek Venetian Village spot will be presenting an iftar menu full of delicious cuisine, while shisha will be available on the second floor and friends and family can also gather to play board games as they break their fast.
Prices vary (à la carte menu). Daily sunset-11pm (iftar menu), venue open until 2am. Venetian Village, The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal, Khor Al Maqta
The iftar buffet at Giornotte features family favourites from the region including Lebanese, Egyptian and Emirati dishes and refreshing Ramadan beverages in Oriental-inspired décor with lanterns, dates displays and traditional fabrics. The menu changes daily, so you’ll discover new flavours throughout the month.
Dhs235 (per person), Dhs120 (kids aged six to 11), free (kids aged five and under). May 15 to Jun 14, sunset-9pm. The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal, Khor Al Maqta
Classy Chinese restaurant Hakkasan will be offering its own tasty take on the iftar feast. The brand new iftar menu will combine the restaurant’s signature dishes with a few authentic Arabian touches. Culinary delights to savour include Peking duck, steamed dim sum, five spices Wagyu beef ribs and chicken fried rice. The four-course meal will start with traditional Arabian sweets before moving on to the far eastern flavours for the rest of the meal.
Dhs228. Daily sunset to 8pm. Emirates Palace, West Corniche Road
Enjoy one of the most opulent iftar experiences in the city at the majestic Emirates Palace. A spectacular Ramadan Pavilion will be set up on the Palace Terrace, providing stunning views looking out onto the five star hotel’s private beach and a vibrant atmosphere. The luxurious space will include a large dining area where the iftar buffet will be presented. Diners can savour the unique ambience while enjoying dishes from all corners of the globe, from traditional Emirati and Middle Eastern favourites to continental delicacies, available at a raft of live cooking and carving stations.
Dhs320. Daily sunset-9pm. Emirates Palace, West Corniche Road
Hala Ramadan Tent at Hilton Abu Dhabi
The air-conditioned tent, which can house up to 150 guests, will play host to an iftar packed with traditional delicacies, such as lamb ouzi, kofta, shorba soup and shawarma, an ample pastry corner featuring staples such as cheese kunafa, as well as a free-flow of juices and water. Located near Hiltonia Beach Garden, the tent has been a popular part of Ramadan in the capital for several years. It pays to bring friends and family along, too. For groups of 30 to 150 people, every one in ten people dine for free. And, a complimentary meal voucher for two will also be provided, along with beach and pool access for two people for one weekend.
Dhs210 (adults), Dhs85 (kids aged six-12). From sunset. Hilton Abu Dhabi, Corniche Road West
Byblos Sur Mer
The refined Lebanese eatery is cooking up a treat during Ramadan. Diners can enjoy an array of mezze items along with live cooking stations and a dessert buffet.
Dhs225. Daily sunset-8.30pm. InterContinental Abu Dhabi, King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud Street
Suhoor at The Rooftop, Park Hyatt
Savor Suhoor with the island horizon view from the Rooftop. Enjoy a special a la carte Turkish Suhoor menu, soothing instrumental music and a choice of exotic pipe flavors.
- Enjoy serene Saadiyat views from the rooftop
- Book online now and pay later
- Exotic Pipe flavors
Venue : Beach House Rooftop
Timings : 9 PM to 1 AM