Iftars of the day: Al Maryah Ballroom at Four Seasons and Urban Bistro

Today we review the iftars at Four Seasons Hotel in Abu Dhabi and Urban Bistro in Dubai.

Iftar at Al Maryah Ballroom, Four Seasons Abu Dhabi. Courtesy Four Seasons Abu Dhabi
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Al Maryah Ballroom, Four Seasons Hotel Abu Dhabi

This newly opened hotel is welcoming its first guests with a lavish iftar. The all-you-can-eat spread features global cuisine as well as local tastes – curry, biryani, sushi, dim sum, barbecued fish served on banana leaves, grilled fish, a roast beef carving station and much more. Desserts include Umm Ali, kunafeh, a chocolate fountain, a crêpe and waffle station, and a range of Arabic-inspired homemade ice creams that include flavours such as date, saffron pistachio, star anise and hibiscus.

Sunset to 9pm. Dh250; half price for kids ages 6 to 12; free under age 5. Call 02 333 2222

Urban Bistro, Dubai Media City

For an alternative to all those iftar buffets, grab an iftar box from Urban Bistro. The healthy three-course boxes include a zaatar whole roasted chicken (can feed two people), homemade labneh or a choice of urban detox, a choice of roasted vegetables, quinoa salad, rice or green salad, and your choice of an Urban Bistro dessert. It also comes with a bottle of water.

Dh65. Boxes available for pickup between 9am and 6pm every day. Call 04 362 4330