Dining in Dubai is expensive. Having said that, what can one, with a an itch for dining, do? For starters, look for pocket-friendly options. Here are some options I found on Gulf News – from under DH 100 to over DH 200.


Tamarind Restaurant
What: An international buffet Indian, Arabic and continental dishes including unlimited mixed fruit juices and Arabic drinks.
Price: Dh89
Where: Ramada Hotel
Call: 04-351 9999
Five Dining
What: Celebrate Ramadan with your family and friends and invite them to a traditional iftar buffet featuring special Ramadan drinks, dates and regular soft beverages.
Price: Dh99
Where: Jumeira Rotana
Call: 04-345 5888
Urban Bistro
What: A special a la carte menu comprising Arabic starters such as lentil soup and fattoush, and lamb shanks and mixed grill for main courses.
Price: Dh99 (juice and water)
Where: CNN Building (building 2), Dubai Media City
Call: 04-362 4330
The Ballroom
What: End your fast with a buffet featuring live cooking stations
Price: Dh59
Where: Marco Polo Hotel
Call: 04-272 0000


What: Experience a delightful international buffet which also features Arabic specialities, Ramadan juices and a variety of desserts.
Price: Dh165
Where: Kempinski Hotel, Mall of the Emirates
Call: 04-409 5999
What: A sumptuous iftar offering international cuisine, with Ramadan juices, tea and coffee.
Price: Dh185
Where: InterContinental Festival City
Call: 04-701 1111
Al Bader Ballroom
What: End your fast with an extensive traditional iftar buffet with soft beverages with your family and friends.
Price: Dh155
Where: Shangri-La Hotel, Shaikh Zayed Road
Call: 04-343 8888
What: The Iranian buffet with a selection of Persian and Arabic starters, assorted fresh juices, dates and a variety of main dishes such as lamb, chicken, fish, kebab and Persian rice, plus sweets and Persian tea.
Price: Dh139
Where: Radisson Blu Hotel, Deira Creek
Call: 04-205 7333
Sheraton Ramadan Tent
What: Enjoy a gourmet iftar buffet featuring Oriental and international Ramadan specialities from traditional Arabic dishes to succulent oriental sweets as well as the live cooking stations.
Price: Dh185
Where: Sheraton Jumeirah Beach Hotel
Call: 04-399 5533
Asaateer Ramadan Tent
What: A lavish yet traditional iftar buffet featuring a selections of Arabic cold mezze, slow roasted beef steamship, mixed grills, pan fried fish fillet and live stations.
Price: Dh185
Where: Atlantis, The Palm
Call: 04-426 0000
The Talk Restaurant & Lounge Ramadan Tent
What: Buffet featuring Arabic and international dishes such as chicken with mushroom and onions, lamb and potato ragout and chicken stew, including unlimited juices and live oud.
Price: Dh129, (Dh110 per person for group of 10)
Where: Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach
Call: 04-449 8888
Kitchen 6
What: Buffet serving culinary delights from around the world and featuring Asian woks, Middle Eastern grills and authentic Indian tandoors.
Price: Dh165
Where: JW Marriott Marquis Hotel
Call: 04-414 3000
Ramadan Majlis
What: A buffet featuring delectable Arabian cuisine, ranging from traditional to contemporary, especially lamb ouzi and mixed grills.
Price: Dh135
Where: Shaikh Saeed Hall 3, Dubai World Trade Centre
Call: 04-308 6322
The Atrium restaurant
What: A delicious Arabic iftar comprising a variety of soups and cold appetisers, traditional main courses, live cooking stations and an Arabic drinks corner.
Price: Dh175
Where: Grand Millennium Hotel
Call: 04-429 9999
The Ivy
What: A special four-course set menu offering Arabic dishes including harissa, tabouleh and shish taouk, among others.
Price: Dh190
Where: Jumeirah Emirates Towers
Call: 04-319 8167
What: End your fast with family and friends with this iftar buffet offering Arabic and international cuisine, with juices, tea, coffee and soft drinks.
Price: Dh140
Where: Crowne Plaza Festival City
Call: 04-701 1127


Al Iwan
What: End your fast while experiencing world-class Arabic buffet-style cuisine beside the tranquil waters of the Arabian Gulf.
Price: Dh290
Where: Burj Al Arab
Call: 04-301 7600
Rang Mahal by Atul Kochar
What: Enjoy a set menu featuring Ramadan gourmet cuisine from cultural and heritage cities which are always on the culinary map of India.
Price: Dh300
Where: JW Marriott Marquis Hotel
Call: 04-414 3000
For more options, check out our post about Royal Iftaar Options in Dubai.
Happy Fasting!