Top 5 Ramadan Dubai Hotel Iftars 2018

Dubai’s beautiful hotels go all out in celebration of the holy season, and while I prefer a calm iftar at home with family where we can give leftovers to those in need, I do enjoy experiencing the beauty of tradition the way these five star hotels interpret it as a night out every now and then. So much thought is put into presentation of food, twinkling lights and lanterns, the live oud player, the majlis seating and so much more. So, here’s a round up of some of my personal favorite Dubai hotel Iftar buffets in Ramadan 2018!

Manzil Downtown

Decorated with charming Ramadan lanterns, crescents and glorious lights, Manzil Downtown’s courtyard is a great place for observers to break the fast with hot and cold mezze, 4 live food stations serving Ouzi, Shawerma, Saj and Falafel. Plus, two main courses and four skewers of grills will be served directly to the table. Guests can enjoy traditional juices and desserts such as traditional Kunafa and fresh fruit platter.

Price: Iftar – 195 AED per person including soft beverages and Arabic juices. Children below 6 years dine free. 50% discount for children between 6 to 12 years.

Queen Elizabeth 2

All aboard! The Queen Elizabeth 2 is a docked hotel that will open an Arabian majlis offering a unique iftar and suhoor for the first time this year. Definitely something you can talk about at your next dinner party!

The purpose-built majlis, which is located on the ship’s largest deck, can host up to 250 people offering an expansive Arabian buffet including live cooking stations, traditional Emirati dishes, fresh salads, hot and cold mezze, and abundance of desserts. Open for both members of the public and in-house guests, diners can choose to sit in the brand new Lido restaurant or in the air-conditioned Arabic majlis which will serve shisha, too.


AED 250 per person (inclusive of buffet and soft beverages), AED 125 for children below the age of 12, Complimentary for children below the age of 4.


Fairmont the Palm

The Fairuz Ramadan tent is beautiful, bathed in blue and purple light, with a varied display of food that includes Arabic and international cuisine. Adjoined to Fairuz, the outdoor Arabian courtyard will be transformed into a fully air conditioned tent with traditional entertainment and shisha.

Price: AED 215 per person or AED 195 if booked before May 10


Palace Downtown

For a truly palatial experience, Palace Downtown is a great place to take out of town guests to break the fast in a venue that is grand without being overwhelming, a gem tucked next to the Burj Khalifa. The presentation of food is fantastic here, with towers made of dates and food stations that include a diverse mix of Asian, Indian, Arabic and international cuisine. You can either dine in a seating area or in a beautifully decorated majlis. It’s one of my favorites this year!

Price: AED 255 per person and 25% off during the first week of Ramadan only, inclusive of buffet, Ramadan juices and water; children aged between 6 and 11 dine at 50% off and children aged below 6 dine free.


At.mosphere Restaurant, Burj Khalifa

Pricey? Yes. But it’s a unique experience you’ll probably do once in your life and talk about for a while. This Ramadan, book a table at the world’s highest restaurant, At.mosphere to marvel at the stunning views, then make your way through the chef’s special four-course menu. Unlike a typical Iftar, the menu includes a selection of international hot and cold appetisers such as Foie Gras, Spiced Aubergine; rustic soups like Wild Mushroom Veloute; Pan Seared Sea Bass, Lamb Rack, Gnocchi for main course besides other contemporary European delicacies. Look out for an array of indulgent desserts including Tonka Bean Ice Cream with malt crèmeux, Lemon Meringue and Smoked Chocolate Fondant.


Price: AED 475 per person for four-course menu

Guest Post by Rupert Wright of Ashbright
Paris holds no terrors for well-heeled travellers, who can check into one of the city’s eleven palaces such as ­ the Georges V, Plaza Athénée, Le Bristol or my favourite, Le Meurice. But for those on any kind of budget, finding a decent place to stay in the French capital can be a challenge. Bedrooms smaller than a bathroom, bathrooms smaller than a bidet, we’ve all stayed at one of them and lived to regret it. So, it’s with great pleasure that I have found almost the perfect Parisian hotel – and you don’t need to be a tech billionaire to afford it. The Bedford has been family owned and run for more than a hundred years, combining Swiss roots, French flair and English tradition. It benefits from strong leadership, attention to detail, and a staff eager to look after you. With just 140 rooms, it is large enough to intimate, but not so large that you are anonymous. It’s a 4 star, but deserves more.
The rooms
Parquet flooring; high ceilings; comfortable beds and pillows; keys rather than plastic cards; and best of all, real switches, that turn the lights on and off. The Bedford has sensibly ignored many of the technical traps that can make staying in a hotel room more challenging than setting up your own satellite transmission site. The result is a place that combines understated elegance with modern touches and old school service. Some rooms overlook the rue de l’Arcade, others look over a courtyard, but all are a decent size and a muted colour. There is air-conditioning too, which is a relief when the summer strikes.
Breakfast is a buffet in a glorious belle époque room, boasting stucco reliefs and a glass roof. Dinner happens here too, French cuisine and fairly formal. There’s also a relaxed bistro/bar that serves meals and cocktails.
A stone’s throw from the Place de la Madeleine, the Place de la Concorde and the Tuileries Gardens, and the Opera, this is one of the best areas to stay in Paris. (Marcel Proust used to live just around the corner). It is a lively area, with great boutiques, wine bars and an eclectic mix of restaurants, Japanese, Italian, Chinese, Korean, Lebanese and French too.
Don’t miss
The Bedford knows that many people like to travel with their pets, so they are allowed to stay too.
HOTEL BEDFORD, 17, RUE DE L’ARCADE 75008 PARIS Tel. : +33 (0)1 44 94 77 77 Fax : +33 (0)1 44 94 77 97 More information at
Rooms from €250; Suites from €450


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Sara Hamdan

Welcome to a magazine editor’s guide to luxury hotels and what to wear when you’re there! My work has appeared in: The International New York Times, Rolling Stone, Variety and CNN Travel. I’ve held editorial roles at VIVA Magazine, Dubai Magazine and Stylist Arabia.  Now, I freelance for the likes of Google, CNN and Savoir Flair!

Editing travel pages was always my favourite part of working for lifestyle magazines. I started this blog out of a love of beautiful hotels that provide the fairytale escape of a day as a princess where breakfast is a buffet and chocolates appear on my pillow.

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