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Now that the first week of Ramadan has passed and home cooked meals and invitations have been extended to family and friends, it is the time to take iftar celebrations to the folkloric world of Ramadan tents. Here is our extensive guide to the exceptional tents and iftar on offer in Dubai.
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Mina a’ Salam
\nAl Majlis has consistently proven to be at the top of its game every year in Ramadan. It is conveniently located in the Madinat Arena and has a seating capacity for up to 1,000 guests. It captures the true essence of Arabian tradition with a warm ambiance and a vast array of Arabian and international dishes served in various live culinary stations. You can choose to dine in the lavish indoor dining area or take in the views of the harbour from the outdoor terrace. Price is $53 and include hot and cold beverages.
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The Almas Tent
\nBased in Dubai Media City’s Amphitheatre, the luxury tent has the capacity to accommodate over 1,200 guests at a time and is set on a vast area of 15,000 sq. metres. The tent is home to an authentic Arabic bazaar, a world-class restaurant serving Arabic cuisine, and Private VIP lounges with exclusive waiter service. Live Arabic music, performances and shows will run throughout the summer.
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Jumeirah Bab Al Shams
\nAl Hadheerah’s iftar offerings will be prepared on live cooking stations and in wood-fired Arabic underground ovens preparing lamb and countless traditional dishes. The buffet will be open from sundown and features live entertainment shows with horses and dancing dervishes. Cost per person is $53 and the buffet is open till 8pm on Thursday and Friday.
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QD’s Al Sultan tent
\nLocated in the Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club in Deira, the air-conditioned tent offers a range of hot and cold Arabic mezze, such as vine leaves, sambousek, salads, kebbeh and famous dishes from Turkey for snacking throughout the night as well as Arabic juices. Price per person is $33 and $16 for children aged six to 12. Iftar is served from Sunset to 9pm.
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\nDesigned in the style of a Sheikh’s summer residence, the hotel replicates traditional royal architecture, coupled with luxurious modernity throughout. Experience an authentic Arabian iftar in a gorgeous tent with traditional finery called Khaymat Al Bahar. Enjoy a sumptuous buffet spread including dates, fruit platters and a host of Arabic delicacies for $52.
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\nThe Asateer tent offers a traditional iftar with five exclusive Majlis areas. Seating is available for 900 guests with complimentary valet parking and WiFi connection. The iftar buffet starts at sunset for $50 followed by an à la carte suhour menu from 9.30pm with traditional tablah, oud players and shisha.
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One & Only Royal Mirage
\nTents with Majlis-style seating is set up in both courtyards at The Palace and Arabian Court. Serving exotic mezze, shisha with authentic Arabian music for suhoor from 8pm till 2:30am for a cover charge of $12.Traditional iftar buffets will be served daily at Tagine restaurant at The Palace and The Rotisserie restaurant at Arabian Court, offering a buffet of various Arabic dishes with oriental specialties and drinks. Prices are from $49 per person for iftar which is served till 8:30 pm.
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Kempinski Hotel & Residences Palm Jumeirah
\nBrunello's lavish Ramadan tent serves a traditional iftar buffet and a variety of European options that reflect the restaurants Italian heritage. Situated in the garden, live performances are all part of this unique experience. A charity donation is included in the price of $48 per person.
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Al Sarab rooftop lounge
\nLocated in Bab Al Shams Desert Resort and Spa and overlooking the desert, this à la carte suhoor comes complete with shisha and oud performance. Set at $38 per person and open from 10pm till 1am.
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\nLe Royal Méridien Beach Resort & Spa offers a themed iftar buffet with Arabic-inspired dishes from sunset-9.30pm at its opulent Brasserie restaurant. Prices are $64 per person.
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\nEwaan, in The Palace Downtown Dubai, establishes itself as a truly exceptional venue this Ramadan. Their iftar tent, with traditional majlis-style seating, is situated alongside the stunning views of the The Dubai Fountain and Burj Khalifa. Indoor dining is also available and the chefs at this gorgeous heritage-styled restaurant are cooking up a storm this Ramadan, offering a variety of culinary options ranging from local favourites to flavours from the rest of the world. Iftar is available for sunset to 9pm for $53 per person.
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Jumeirah Emirates Towers
\nAl Nafoorah Marquee is holding an iftar and suhour at its air-conditioned terrace from sunset till 9pm for $46. Teas and coffees will be charged separately.
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\nThe absolutely grand iftar buffet is served in the hotel’s Al Ameera Ballroom with rows of hot and cold dish options alongside traditional local deserts. At $48 per person the iftar includes drinks and is open from sunset till 9 pm.
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Jumeirah Beach Hotel
\nMajlis Al Safinah offers a wide selection of Arabic delicacies in its ballroom open buffet setting, with private majlis areas for up to 100 guests. Iftar is $52 per person for individual and groups and end at 8:45pm.
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\nEmaar Properties is underlining the spirit of Arabian hospitality and Emirati heritage in its dedicated Ramadan tent. ‘Downtown’ is an Arabic-style courtyard with large arcades, hundreds of lanterns and chandeliers and a colourful yet soothing ambience. It overlooks Burj Khalifa and the cost of Iftar is $46 per person.
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Jumeirah Zabeel Saray
\nThe Mehteran Theatre and Show Centre on the Palm Jumeirah will be transformed into a majlis-style setting for the month of Ramadan. An à la carte menu is served to guests for suhoor and is priced at $31 per person.
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Al Murooj Rotana
\nThe lavish buffet in Al Yasat Grand Ballroom is open until July 25, featuring live cooking stations, lamb ouzi and a wide choice of Arabic dishes. Prices start at $46 per person.
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\nStarting at $51 per person, this lavish three-course set menu features Middle Eastern-inspired Chinese dishes such as Chilean sea bass shumai, grilled black cod, braised wagyu beef with Szechuan pepper and mushroom and pistachio roll.
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\nThe Lebanese restaurant located in the Atlantis hotel offers cooking from across the region for iftar and suhoor such as whole lamb ouzi with performances from an oud player and vocalist for suhoor. Both are for $50 per person, including Ramadan juices and starts from sunset till 1am.
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\nThis all-day dining restaurant will offer a blend of Asian, Arabian and Mediterranean cuisine. Break your fast with dates, followed by Arabic and Turkish coffee, and dine to the soothing tunes of a live Arabic duo band playing traditional tunes. Located in the Address Downtown Dubai, iftar at Fazaris is $50 per person and is open from sunset till 9pm.