In a city known for its family-friendliness and relaxed atmosphere, iftar and suhoor buffets are sure to be a great place to gather to celebrate the holy month. We round-up five iftars to try in Al Ain.
Al Ain Rotana
Iftar buffet at Zest, until 10.30pm, from Dh175; 50 per cent off for children aged six to 12; free for children under six, live stations, starters, main courses, desserts and Ramadan juices.
Suhoor at Al Zaeem Tent, from Dh50; shisha from Dh55, entertainment includes games and an oud player from 8pm, quiz night on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 8pm to 1am
03 754 5111, www.rotanatimes.com/alainrotana
Ayla Hotels & Resorts Al Ain
Iftar buffet from Dh105 at Ayla Restaurant at Ayla Hotel; from Dh80 at Sedra Bawadi Restaurant at Ayla Bawadi Hotel; from Dh129 at Nara Restaurant at Ayla Grand Hotel. Buffets include Indian, Oriental and Continental foods. Weekly raffles for the chance to win prizes worth more than Dh10,000 including mall vouchers and prizes from Coca-Cola and Mediclinic.
Ayla Hotel, 03 761 0111; Ayla Bawadi Hotel in Bawadi Mall, 03 703 0111, www.aylahotels.com
Danat Al Ain Resort
Iftar buffet at Arabesque restaurant until 8.30pm features international cuisine and a section of Arabic cuisine, from Dh109 on weekdays; from Dh125 on weekends. Book during the first week of Ramadan for buy-one-get-one free; after the first week, it is get one free when 10 book.
Suhoor at Oasis Café from 8.30pm to 2am is an a la carte menu of Arabic cuisine, with a minimum spend of Dh50 on weekdays; from Dh75 on weekends. There will be shisha from Dh45, and entertainment including a Kanoon player and a Tanoora dancer.
03 704 6000, alain.danathotels.com
Aloft Al Ain
Iftar buffet at Olive Tree restaurant features a variety of traditional Arabian style foods, from sunset to 10pm daily from Dh120 per person.
Suhoor at WXYZ bar is a la carte and has shisha from Dh50. It runs from sunset to 2am.
03 713 8888, www.marriott.com
Radisson Blu Al Ain
Iftar is a buffet of Arabic food at Flavours restaurant and adults can dine from Dh120 and children from Dh50 until 10.30pm. Then visit the Iftar tent, which features shisha from Dh65, as well as activities and a buffet from Dh95.
Suhoor also takes place at Flavours restaurant and features a buffet of Arabic food, different from those at iftar, and runs from Dh85 from 2am to 3.30am.
03 768 6666, www.radissonblu.com