Starting later this month is the Holy Month of Ramadan when muslim all around the world observe fast from sunrise to sunset. For those who want to appreciate the warmth and celebration of this special time, this is where to go in Abu Dhabi for an authentic Ramadan experience…

ASIA DECUBA,THEST.REGIS ABU DHABI

Break fast with a Chino-Latino-inspired offering made up of a selection of small plates, entrees and desserts to be enjoyed amongst friends and family during the Holy Month. Some of the dishes to try at Iftar include sweet potato hummus, shrimp and lemongrass shumai, stir-fry mojo duck noodles, churros with chili chocolate ganache and so much more. From 7pm onwards for AED200+++ per person (subject to taxes).

GO: Call (0)2 699 3333 for reservations and more information.

BAB AL QASR

A luxurious and special Ramadan Tent waits on the beachfront, hosting up to 500 people. Traditional delicacies and live entertainment is available throughout the Holy Month of Ramadan. The Iftar buffet will be served from sunset to 9pm for AED175+++ and Sohour is offered a la carte between 10pm to 2am for AED100+++ as a minimum spend only on food and beverage. Shisha is also available from AED75+++ or if you would prefer to have Sohour with a group of friends there are 23 majlis set-ups available, starting from AED1000+++. Outlets that will be open during Ramadan include Morjana Lobby lounge that will be serving its normal menu from sunset to 2am. Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be served in the executive lounge located on the 9th and 10th floors and is open to the public as well.

GO: Call (0)2 205 3003 for reservations and more information.

COURTYARD BY MARRIOTT WORLD TRADE CENTRE, ABU DHABI

Gather your family and friends and take a seat at Bistro for an impressive Iftar spread. Featuring Arabic dishes such as fatteh hummus, samak harra, lamb moussaka and several live cooking stations, you’re guaranteed to find something to satisfy your palate. AED120 for adults and AED60 for kids aged six to 12-years-old.

GO: Call (0)2 698 2222 for reservations and more information.

MARRIOTT AL FORSAN ABU DHABI

Head over to Khayal Restaurant for a splendid Iftar bu et with Arabic delights and a multi-cuisine spread. From sunset to 9.30pm for AED170++ per adult and AED70++ for kids aged six to 12-years- old. Book a group of nine people and receive the 10th person free. Marriott Rewarding Events members earn double points for up to 100,000 points.

GO: Call (0)2 201 4000 for reservations and more information.

EMIRATES PALACE

Emirates Palace’s custom-built Ramadan Pavilion features a new location and continues to o er the most exclusive Iftar and Sohour in Abu Dhabi. The iconic Ramadan pavilion will sit in a new location to provide even more stunning views of the beach than ever before. Comfortable seating spread throughout the pavilion will create cosy enclaves to enjoy time with friends and family throughout the Holy Month. With a large open dining area for Iftar buffets, a separate lounge area and private majlis and featuring live cooking stations, guests will marvel at the city’s grandest array of traditional dishes. Signature fare and traditional delicacies will be offered in a seemingly never-ending buffet every night for Iftar. Live cooking and carving stations will whet every palate, as guests select the most succulent grilled meats with traditional accompaniments and Emirati favourites. Followed by a selection of continental delicacies and an assortment of desserts, the Ramadan Iftar buffet (AED265+++) and à la carte Sohour menu (minimum spend of AED150+++) will o er a truly inspiring experience for all senses. Open from sunset until 9.30pm for Iftar and 10pm to 2am for Sohour.

GO: Call (0)2 690 7999 for reservations and more information.

DUSIT THANI ABU DHABI

Marking the Ramadan festivities, Dusit thani Abu Dhabi will dish out authentic Iftar offerings in a vibrant yet traditional Arabic themed setting at Urban Kitchen. Savour the nest selection of delicacies from around the world, especially Middle Eastern and Turkish culinary favourites amidst enthralling live music entertainment. Indulge in a lavish Iftar buffet encompassing a wide range of Arabic dishes, live cooking stations and sweets, prepared exclusively for the occasion of Ramadan. e main highlights of the buffet include the world famous lamb ouzi, hot and cold mezze, live shawarma, saj, manakish and falafel stations, plus mixed grills along with a choice of freshly baked Arabic breads. From sunset until 10pm. AED155+++ per person including free ow of Ramadan juices, soft drinks and water.

Guests can extend their Iftar dining experience with an exceptional array of shishas at Orchid Lounge Terrace in a comfortable and serene al fresco setting. e dining venue will also serve a variety of delicious Arabic sweets.

GO: Call (0)2 698 8137 for reservations and more information.

HYATT CAPITAL GATE

Celebrate the Holy Month in the world’s furthest leaning man made tower with a lavish Iftar at the signature restaurant 18 Degrees (18°). Savour exceptional Ramadan evenings at 18 Degrees, located on the 18th floor of Capital Gate building and enjoy a traditional Iftar buffet steeped in traditional flavours, with a wide selection of delicacies and traditional refreshments each night for AED198 per person inclusive of generous buffet options, still water, soft drinks and Ramadan juices. All the while, enjoy the amazing views of the Abu Dhabi skyline – the perfect photo opp.

GO: Call (0)2 698 8137 for reservations and more information.

BEACH ROTANA ABU DHABI

Beach Rotana has lots of exciting offers designed to give guests the treasured experience they’re looking for all in one destination. Delight in a sumptuous Iftar buffet at Essence with all the traditional favourites every evening. AED196+++ for adults and AED111+++ for kids. Book early and save! Buy one; get one free on the first five days of Ramadan in Essence. Special Group rates are available for 10 or more guests. Host a private Iftar in one of the luxurious ballrooms and enjoy the spirit of Ramadan, starting from AED160+++. Drop the kids o at the Ramadan Kids Camp 2017 from May 28 to June 1 and June 4 to June 8. Keep your kids happy and healthy. Enrol them in the Ramadan Kids Camp where they’ll be entertained with plenty of fun activities like swimming, sports, games, and arts and crafts. Daily from 2pm to 5pm. AED95+++ daily and AED350+++ weekly. Places are limited, register now.

GO: Call (0)2 697 9011 for reservations and more information.

LE MERIDIEN ABU DHABI

Having just won at the FACT Dining Awards 2017 for favourite all-day dining restaurant, Latest Recipe restaurant will host the breathtaking Layali Al Sahar Iftar Bu et for all to indulge in. Designed to be enjoyed with family and friends, the buffet will o er a variety of dishes prepared from the freshest ingredients. Guests can expect a selection of soup, hot and cold mezze, followed by mains of seafood, grilled meats and chicken such as hammour harrah, lamb ouzi and Morrocan chicken tajine, while a range of traditional Arabic desserts like kunafeh and umm ali will be available to satisfy your sweet tooth. Includes traditional Ramadan beverages and water. Daily per Iftar timing for AED155 net per person (special offer of buy two get one free).

GO: Call (0)2 644 6666 for reservations and more information.

THE ST. REGIS ABU DHABI

Setting the standard for luxury in the capital with exceptional, unique experiences, e St. Regis Abu Dhabi will be taking its Ramadan offering to an elevated level. Enjoy Iftar celebrations in the majestic Abu Dhabi Suite for truly memorable moments throughout the Holy Month.

The world’s highest suspended suite presents Iftar in the Clouds available exclusively for up to 50 guests on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings throughout the Holy Month. Situated 220 meters up in the sky, adjoining the landmark Nation Towers buildings on the 48th and 49th floors. The suite is complete with a captivating 360-degree- view of the city, a private VIP entrance, three bedrooms and a dedicated spa and movie theatre.

The Abu Dhabi Suite promises a truly special a air for families and friends to enjoy with an extensive Iftar array of exquisite, traditional Arabian delicacies, a dedicated dessert room featuring kunafa and atayef and Ramadan beverages served by the welcoming St. Regis culinary team. The 1,120sqm setting features décor that blends Arabian traditions and contemporary sophistication, guests can expect 24-karat gold leaf accents, velvet upholstered walls in jewel-toned colours, intricate glass mosaics, and cascading crystals lend a regal air to the entire space. Guests can book individually or for private Iftar gatherings of between 35 to 70 guests, the Abu Dhabi Suite Iftar buffet is priced at AED250+++ per person and available on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from sunset to 11pm, throughout Ramadan.

GO: Call (0)2 694 4553 for reservations and more information.

SOUTHERN SUN ABU DHABI

Enjoy a delectable Iftar at the award- winning restaurant e Foundry. With a specialised menu and the nest Arabic hospitality, enjoy mouthwatering Iftars with family and friends during the Holy Month of Ramadan. From sunset to 10pm for AED119++ per person. Early Bird Offer: Take advantage of the Ramadan Early Bird o er at e Foundry – book your Iftar by May 10 and enjoy the special rate of AED101++per person for an exquisite Iftar buffet.

Embrace the spirit of Ramadan at the Kahraman Summer Tent, where guests can have Sohour during the Holy Month. Complete with a traditional Ramadan dining experience enriched with live Oud entertainment as well as shisha and an a la carte menu. Daily from 7.30pm to 3am. Majlis Sohour is AED65++ and Kahraman Sohour is AED80++.

GO: Call (0)2 818 4888 for reservations and more information

THE RITZ-CARLTON ABU DHABI, GRAND CANAL

Presenting guests with a range of experiences during the Holy Month, in an idyllic Ramadan destination; the hotel’s luxurious Sohour and Iftar blend prestigious hospitality with culinary excellence. Sohour at Mijana Tent – Mijana welcomes guests in a festively decorated and elegantly furnished Ramadan tent, with covered outdoor seating facing a serene landscape of illuminated palm trees. In this relaxing al fresco setting, family and friends enjoy an a la carte menu served daily from 7.30pm to 2am along with a collection of signature shisha flavours, accompanied by a variety of board games and a traditional oud player.

For Sohour a minimum spend of AED160++ per person on weekdays and AED180++ on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays applies. Iftar at Giornotte – opening its door at sunset, the Iftar buffet at Giornotte features family favorites from the region, including Lebanese, Egyptian and local Emirati cuisines, in a unique décor made of Arabic lanterns, date displays and traditional fabrics. With a lavish menu changing daily, guests discover new flavours throughout the month and interact with chefs showcasing their creative air at the live stations. Iftar is priced at AED185++ per person including local water, specialty juices, co ee, tea and assorted desserts. Children aged six to 12 are priced at AED90++ and there is no charge for children under six-years-old.

GO: Call (0)2 818 8888 for reservations and more information.

MARRIOTT DOWNTOWN ABU DHABI

Marriott Downtown Abu Dhabi invites guests to share the ceremonial breaking of the fast with loved ones in the relaxed, family-friendly setting of Kuzbara. Located in the heart of the city, Kuzbara offers a traditional Iftar buffet with daily changing specials alongside live cooking stations.

After Iftar guests can enjoy different flavours of hubbly bubbly are served. Looking out over the Abu Dhabi skyline, guests can enjoy an array of Ramadan sweets complemented by a selection of teas and Arabic coffee. A Sohour set menu is served daily from 11pm to 2am.

For larger groups wishing for a unique Iftar experience, the private ballroom is the perfect setting. For groups of 25 or more people, the ballroom will be transformed into an Arabic oasis with antique lanterns and exquisite food for your private buffet service. Kuzbara Iftar is priced at AED165+++ per person with a 30 per cent early bird discount available for bookings before May 11. Private Iftar starts at AED140 per person.

GO: Call (0)2 304 7777 for reservations and more information.

JUMEIRAH AT ETIHAD TOWERS

Give yourself an authentic treat this Holy Month of Ramadan and experience Iftar at Layali Al Baraka for only AED150 net per person or Iftar at Rosewater and Li Beirut for AED205 net per person. Iftar is inclusive of traditional favourites and a selection of Asian and European specialties alongside traditional Ramadan beverages and water, live entertainment by an Oud player, and Arabic coffee and dates. You can also collect Etihad Guest Miles while breaking your fast in Layali Al Baraka or in Rosewater.

GO: Call (0)2 811 5666 for reservations and more information.

HILTON CAPITAL GRAND ABU DHABI

Indulge in a sumptuous Iftar Buffet at the Ramadan tent which offers up a bountiful spread with traditional culinary delights including cold and hot mezze, Arabic mixed grill, a carving station and more delicious options. Available from sunset to 9pm for AED150+++ per person. Sohour is available a la carte from 9pm to 3.30am. Corporate and individual hosts wishing to uphold the Arabic Traditions of hospitality for private Iftar or Sohour events with bespoke menus can be served in the beautiful Ballroom. From 100 to 500 guests can be accommodated. Iftar starts at AED150+++ per person and Sohour is 110net per person.

GO: Call (0)2 564 121741 for reservations and more information.

LE ROYAL MERIDIEN ABU DHABI

Discover captivating Ramadan nights at Layali El Hilmiya. For Iftar, relax and enjoy the traditional buffet offerings including  authentic Iftar favourites alongside International cuisine. Children are well catered for with an attractive children’s buffet. Open from sunset to 8pm, priced at AED160 net. Sohour is served a la carte with a variety of entertainment. e air- conditioned tent will o er an array of hot and cold mezzes, fateer, and traditional saj to name just a few of the many delicacies on o er and all made in front of you. Sweets cannot be missed either with the season’s specialties like achtaliyeh, kunafa and katayef. Ramadan juices and teas complete the offerings. Variety avored shisha will also be available to enjoy inside the tent, while varied live entertainment options will set the mood, such as games, large TV screening of your favorite Ramadan programmes, the live Oud player, shisha and more. Set menu options available starting from AED70! A la Carte and packages are available too, from 9pm to 3am.

At Market Kitchen, head Chef Grant Ballingner teams up with Suzanne Husseini to bring the modern avours of Arabia to Iftar! Indulge in a wide selection of delectable dishes featuring celebrity Chef Suzanne’s twist served straight to your table. Sharing menu for AED200++, from sunset til late.

GO: Call (0)2 818 8888 for reservations and more information.

THE ST. REGIS SAADIYAT ISLAND RESORT, ABU DHABI

In lieu of the Holy Month of Ramadan, the city’s true beachfront resort is offering guests unparalleled luxury and Arabian delicacies, with a sumptuous Iftar spread at the resort’s Mediterranean-inspired dining venue, Olea. The offering is a sumptuous Iftar spread, with a selection of Arabic flavours combined with continental cuisine served with fresh juices, in a celebratory ambiance. The Iftar buffet is available for guests to enjoy with their families and friends from sunset to 9pm at Olea, the resort’s Mediterranean-inspired dining venue that offers impressive views of the ocean. From sunset to 9pm for AED220 per person and AED110 per child for kids aged six to 12.

GO: Call (0)2 564 121741 for reservations and more information.

THE WESTIN ABU DHABI GOLF RESORT & SPA

Tuck into a contemporary selection of world cuisines at the award winning restaurant Fairways. Live cooking stations dishing up a delightful selection of Arabic delicacies plus more yummy fare will be open from sunset to 9pm. Priced at AED180 net per person, inclusive of Arabic beverages. Enjoy Sohour with your friends and family with shisha being served on the terrace, open daily from 9pm to 2am with an a la carte menu.

Restore and nourish your body during Ramadan at Heavenly Spa with a Feel Well Scrub and Express hands on facial for AED375 (60 minutes), or try the Ramadan Escape Package with the hand and foot para n treatment accompanied by a scalp massage for AED450 (60 minutes).

GO: Call (0)2 616 9999 for reservations and more information.

KHALIDIYA PALACE RAYHAAN BY ROTANA

Experience the wonders of the Crescent Moon of contemporary Arabian culture at Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan by Rotana. Create amazing memories with those who are breaking fast and those who are just joining in with a wide array of local specialties and international dishes at Horizon. e lavish Iftar Bu et, featuring of a re ned selection of reviewed Arabic dishes is priced at AED149+++. For Sohour, the night will shine with its buffet from 12.30am to 2.30am for AED85+++. Sharing, spending time with families and friends and above all making the evenings last with a relaxing and enjoyable atmosphere is truly a great way to savour the spirit of Ramadan.

GO: Call (0)2 657 0200 for reservations and more information.