Tomorrow is starting the Ramadan 2012 the ninth month of the lunar Hijri calendar, which lasts 29 or 30 days according to the visual sightings of the crescent moon. Ramadan 2012 is the Muslim month of fasting, in which Muslims refrain from dawn until sunset from eating, drinking, and sexual relations.
Most of Muslims understand that life goes on, and so do lunch meetings, so it’s not a big problem to eat in front of us; bur when we are in a Muslim country, where almost everybody is Muslim, restaurants are often closed. Only some restaurants – placed inside hotels – are opened exclusively for non-muslims.
Here is 18 daytime eats at Ramadan, where non-Muslims can enjoy a discreet lunch in Dubai.
This perennial pan-Asian favourite will offer the denizens of the Crowne Plaza and the surrounding Sheikh Zayed Road the chance to tuck into ramen dishes, katsu curry and the like throughout the month of Ramadan.
Open daily noon-midnight. Crowne Plaza Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 305 6060).
Dubai’s best Japanese restaurant (winner of our 2012 accolade), Zuma will continue to serve lunch, dinner and even a Friday brunch (in case you’re missing it). However, no beverages will be served at these events.
Open Sat-Wed 12.30pm-3pm, 7pm-midnight; Thu 12.30pm-3pm, 7pm 1am; Fri 12.30-4pm, 7pm-1am. DIFC (04 425 5660).
This friendly, informal all-day eatery serves big breakfasts and a fresh selection of gourmet sandwiches, homemade pastas and salads for lunch.
Open daily 24 hours. Dusit Thani Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 317 4200).
Ember Grill & Lounge
Lunch be served every day, and this sleek steakhouse will also run its Thursday jazz night (without the jazz – just the meal deals) and its Friday churrasco night.
Noon-11.30pm. The Address Dubai Mall (04 888 3444).
This venue will be serving meals from breakfast right through to post-iftar dinner. Lunch and dinner feature a choice of Asian, Indian, Arabic and Mediterranean cooking, and you can watch the
chefs at work.
Open daily 6.30am-11am, noon-3.30pm, sunset-9pm (iftar), 9pm-11pm. The Address Downtown Dubai (04 888 3444).
This laid-back, family-friendly Italian restaurant serves a simple and traditional selection of pastas and pizzas. There is also an Italian delicatessen for diners to delve into. Thanks to the lightly tinted windows, the venue will continue to operate throughout the day.
Open daily noon-midnight. Souk Madinat Jumeirah (04 366 6730).
For the Argentinian-style steakhouse, it will be business as usual over Ramadan. Due to the restaurant’s design, which is set back from view, the venue will continue to serve its famous steaks and ceviches during daylight hours.
Open Mon-Sun 11.30am-11.30pm. DIFC, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 422 7898).
High-end British fare is still served within The Ivy’s wood-panelled environs throughout Ramadan. In fact, the restaurant is running a special lunch deal – two-courses for Dhs120 and three courses for Dhs150.
Open Sun-Thu noon-3pm. Jumeirah Emirates Towers (04 319 8767).
Enjoy English-style pub grub all Ramadan long. Since Harvester’s is windowless anyway, you needn’t worry about offending any potential passers-by.
Open daily noon-2am. Crowne Plaza Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (800 276 963).
Golfers enjoying discounted summer green fees will be pleased to hear that the Emirates Golf Club’s Spike Bar will be open throughout the day, discreetly serving food (simple European dishes, salads and sandwiches). Furthermore, the venue will be screening the Olympics all day, every day.
Open daily 6am-midnight. Emirates Golf Club, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 417 9999).
This opulent venue specialises in Far East Asian cooking, prepared by Asian chefs at live cooking stations. The venue will continue to offer Oriental-inspired breakfasts, lunches and afternoon teas.
Open daily 7am-10.30am, 12.30pm-3.30pm, 2.30pm-4pm, 6pm-11.20pm. Burj Al Arab (04 301 7600).
Sophie’s Gastro Café
This café serves simple, satisfying, freshly made food and there’s a particular emphasis on healthy dishes with plenty of salads. During Ramadan, blinds will be set up around the café.
Open daily 8am-9pm. Shoreline Apartments, Palm Jumeirah (04 451 5982)
This international buffet offering will continue to operate for meals throughout the day, including light snacks and afternoon teas in the Mazina Lounge. Expect an eclectic mix of dishes from Asian, Arabic and European cuisines all cooked in front of you.
Open daily 6.30am-10.30am, noon-3pm, 3pm-6pm, 6.30pm-11pm. The Address Dubai Marina (04 436 7777).
This restaurant in the Asiana Hotel will operate as per normal during Ramadan. Windows will be blacked out and blinds pulled down, so non-Muslims won’t offend those fasting as they tuck into the restaurant’s quality Korean fare.
Open daily 6.30am-10am (breakfast), noon-3pm (lunch), 6pm-11pm (dinner). Salahuddin Road, Deira (04 238 7777).
This classic yet creative Italian restaurant continues to serve lunch and dinner. There will not be many obvious changes to the decor, and diners will in fact still be able to head outside to the air-conditioned terrace, even at this time of the year.
Open daily 1pm-11pm. DIFC, Gate 1, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 386 0066).
This high-end Chinese restaurant will continue to serve its well-executed and popular food as per usual. Expect delicious dim sum come lunchtime and good Peking duck in the evening. As in all restaurants during Ramadan, house beverages will only be available after sunset each day.
Open daily 11am-11pm. Building 4, DIFC, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 354 5543).
This elegant yet laid-back all-day dining venue will continue to be open for breakfast and lunch. There are a few knockout dishes to try among the classic Mediterranean items on the menu, and fantastic views of The Dubai Fountain too.
0pen daily 7am-11am, 12.45pm-3.30pm, sunset-9pm (iftar buffet). Armani Hotel Dubai, Downtown Dubai (04 888 3444).
The Westin’s huge all-day dining restaurant will be serving respectfully throughout the day – expect quality international favourites prepared with panache.
Open daily 7am-3pm (à la carte). The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina (04 511 7115).