By Ishita B Saha: Dubai has a variety of Iftar offerings throughout the month of Ramadan across the city’s many restaurants – from elaborate Iftar spreads to beautiful Ramadan tents. This year, we take a look at a few selected Iftars – soulful iftars – which are styled differently and that we feel, embody the true spirit of Ramadan. We urge you to go beyond the traditional Iftars offerings and go and break your bread on the streets, with strangers!
Old Dubai Ramadan Walk & Iftar ~ with Frying Pan Adventures
Join the Ahmed Sisters of Frying Pan Adventures, for a soulful Iftar adventure through an old neighbourhood steeped in the tradition of communal sharing during the holy month of Ramadan. The photo trail is conducted in partnership with Gulf Photo Plus and is led by a host who has grown up in Dubai. The cultural journey encompasses a discussion of Ramadan, encounters with the fasting residents of the area and a closing dinner at a down-to-earth local Afghani eatery.
Priced at AED 595/person; From 5:30 pm to 11:15 pm on selected dates
Feed The Men in Blue ~ with Moti Roti & others
A great initiative from Moti Roti, this is supported by other local businesses, bloggers and resident volunteers during Ramadan and aims to fill the bellies of the labourers toiling in the summer heat. Each evening, volunteers are requested to turn up at the designated construction site (this Ramadan it is at Al Barsha opposite Al Khoury Atrium Hotel) an hour before Iftar to help the setting up. The handing out of food starts at 6.30 pm.
Time: 6:15 pm everyday during Ramadan excepting Fridays
Contemporary Arabic Iftar ~ at Alserkal Avenue
Contrary to the lavish Iftar buffet spreads that are prevalent in the city, this Iftar offering shouts out for a different hashtag – #ThisIsNotABuffet! Hosted by Alserkel Avenue, this is a community-focused, pop-up Iftar that celebrates togetherness and community spirit during the Holy Month amidst traditional Arabic instruments and board games. The event, takes place every night from the beginning of Ramadan until Eid, will be held in a custom-designed warehouse in The Yard and Alserkal Avenue. 5% of the revenue generated is donated to charity.
The menu focuses on Arabic cuisine and has been created by Elements Catering. Choose from two- and five-course menus ranging from AED 90 to AED 210 per person. A tapas menu is also available starting from AED 12.
Brighton Rock Pop Up Iftar ~ at the Hatchback
Inspired by the retro rock period of mid-century Brighton, Ghaf Kitchen’s second Iftar pop up transports you to a world of vintage motorcycles, revving engines and candyfloss as Ghaf pays homage to the retro petrol heads of the 60’s and 70’s and their famous rides to Brighton, all in the heart of Al Quoz at Café Rider.
Café Rider is transformed with a kitchen concept built into a classic seaside hut and the famous Ghaf Kitchen vintage Citroen H van as the central service area. Pallet tables, urban seating, rope lights, bunting, deckchairs and quirky tableware are used throughout with the classic retro motorcycles of Cafe Rider adding to the bygone era theme.
A sharing Mezza menu is followed by the Mains which offers the Ghaf signature dishes like Fish & Chips, there is more – the Brighton Wrap with spiced lamb balls and the Quinoa hotdog and the Chicken roast. The Dessert menu doesn’t have their popular Eton Mess – but we can live with that!
Priced at AED 180/person (Iftar) or a la carte; From 7:00 pm -9:00 pm Iftar and 9:00 pm -11:00 pm Suhoor everyday until the end of Ramadan.
An Iftar Menu From the Cookbooks ~ at BookMunch
BookMunch is a cafe cum bookstore and it is not surprising then that the Iftar Menu is a mixture of contemporary food from the Middle East, inspired by some of the cookbooks from the region like Persiana: Recipes from the Middle East & Beyond by Sabrina Ghayour and also includes cookbooks of Dubai resident Chefs like the New Feast: Modern Middle Eastern Vegetarian by Greg Malouf; Pomegranates and Roses by Ariana Bundy; Plated Heirlooms by Dima Al Sharif; Food, Love and Life by Dalia Dogmoch; When Suzanne Cooks by Suzanne Husseini and others. The menu is part buffet spread and part a la carte with Kunafa croissant and “East Meets West” ice cream stations!
Priced at AED 129/person (Ramadan drinks and water included) everyday during Ramadan in BookMunch’s Business Bay outlet.
[Images sourced from the featured venues excepting #fillingtheblues captured by Debbie Rogers]
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