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Handpicked: The Best Iftars Across the UAE

With this many options, a girl needs a little guidance!

COYA Dubai

Break your fast with an elegant array of Latin American light bites, served within the eclectic and artistic ambiance of an award-winning restaurant at COYA Dubai. Relish in the rich flavours with something for everyone. Meat eaters will love the costillas de res beef ribs and corn-fed baby chicken with aji panca and coriander, while pescatarians with be delighted by the salmon with stir-fried quinoa and vegetables, plus the iconic arroz nikkei iron pot that features fresh sea bass, rice, lime, and chili. Vegetarians, meanwhile, will be treated to a wholesome plate of quinoa, pearl barley, sprouting broccoli, cancha, and coriander, while a gorgeous side of hearty patatas bravas provides the perfect accompaniment.

COYA Dubai, Four Seasons Resort Dubai, sunset 7:30pm, AED 250 per person, 04 316 9600, @coyadubai

Grills@Chill’O

What better place to combine the charms of the East and the West with a touch of luxury than at Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche’s signature Mediterranean restaurant and lounge? Pair breathtaking views with luxurious indoor and outdoor spaces at Grills@Chill’O, where you can break your fast with a grand iftar buffet that features a selection of culinary delicacies including ouzi, chicken rotisserie, mansaf, lamb couscous along with Arabic coffee, tea and soft drinks. 

Grills@Chill’O, Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche, sunset – 10pm, AED 225 per person, kids ages from 7-12 years old get a 50% discount, 02 813 7777, @sofitelabudhabicorniche

Mina’s Kitchen

Looking for a family-friendly iftar that caters to everyone? Mina’s Kitchen, a fun food hall concept, takes you from across the Middle East to Asia with a delicious buffet that welcomes second and third helpings. While the kids are entertained inside with the festivities, the adults can chill on the balcony and enjoy shisha.

Mina’s Kitchen, The Westin Mina Seyahi, sunset – 10pm, AED 165 per person and AED 65 for kids, 04 511 7373, @minaskitchendubai

TIMO

Whether you dine on the terrace by the pool or choose its cosy indoor banquette seating, prepare to be immersed in a lively Mediterranean ambiance as you relish in an iftar with a homemade Italian touch. At Timo, you can savour delectable dishes like spiced butter chicken, beef goulash, or chicken cordon bleu, and enjoy the three themed live stations serving a variety of dishes ranging from foul medames and manakiesh with spicy labneh to the wood-and-charcoal station serving kofta, shish taouk, and more.

Timo, Al Jaddaf Rotana Suite Hotel, sunset 10pm, AED 185 per person, 04 596 2292, @aljaddafrotana

Rang Mahal

Gather your family and friends and break your fast with a specially curated five-course iftar menu featuring traditional Arabic dishes with a traditional Indian twist at Rang Mahal. Guests can savour an array of hot and cold mezze, shorba, kebabs, and delectable mains including Nihari Khaas, Murg Rezala, Lucknowi Khatti Dal, Murg Dum Biryani, and more. To end the evening on a sweet note, indulge in a traditional Hyderabadi-style bread pudding, blended with a unique creation of Um Ali that is sure to tantalise your taste buds.

Rang Mahal, JW Marriott Marquis Dubai, sunset 9pm, AED 225 per person, 04 414 3000, @rangmahaldubai

Bol Gappa 

Calling all Bollywood fans! Break your fast at Bol Gappa, a desi playground with a fun fusion set menu for iftar. It includes Indian favourites and treats we can’t wait to taste, such as Rose Sherbet. Begin with a choice of starters from a selection of Soya Khurana, Chicken Tikka Ala Re, and Chicken Khurana. Mains include Indian fan favourites such as Butter Chicken, Chicken Tikka Masala, Pan Singh Tomar Masala, Paneer Khurchan, and a Biryani of your choice. Complete the meal with a mouthwatering traditional Indian dessert, like Gulab Jamun or Gajar Halwa.

Bol Gappa, Wasl Opal Building, Umm Hurair Road, sunset – late, AED 59 per person, 04 335 5144, @bolgappa

Silk & Spice

Spice up your Ramadan – literally! – at this award-winning Thai restaurant with a variety of options. Fancy a family-style menu? Enjoy iftar with a unique Thai touch at Silk & Spice with delectable dishes such as Vegetable Green Curry, Jasmine Rice, Pad Thai, and Stir-Fried Chicken. Want to break your fast at a more intimate gathering? Cue the specially curated ‘Iftar in a Box’. Indulge in a gourmet iftar experience from the comforts of your home, with all the works including Mansaf, Lamb Couscous, and Ouzi.

Silk & Spice, Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche, sunset 10pm, AED 195 per person, Iftar in a Box for AED 245 for 2 adults, AED 445 for 4 adults, and AED 790 for 8 adults, 02 813 7777, @sofitelabudhabicorniche

Kitchen6

If you want to be spoiled with an endless an ensemble of flavours from across the globe while seated close to the skies at the world’s highest hotel, turn on your heels and head straight to the sprawling Kitchen 6. Guests can enjoy six interactive cooking stations ready to offer an extraordinary selection of world cuisines, including a carving station and a sushi bar. Satiate your appetite with an array of Lebanese cold mezze and hot mezze, while main courses like Lamb Ouzzi with saffron rice, Mixed Grill, slow-cooked Lamb Chops, and much more adorn the menu. Did we also mention the live dessert stations for your sweeter cravings? 

Kitchen6, JW Marriott Marquis Dubai, sunset – 8:30pm, AED 215 per person, 04 414 0000, @jwmarriottmarquisdubai

Two.0

Escape to island restaurant Two.0 for an incredible iftar featuring an international buffet that includes freshly baked goods, cold and hot mezze, salads, and sushi alongside a selection of main courses and desserts. And elevating the dining experience? A live BBQ station, where you can enjoy sizzling culinary creations. Beverages here include special Ramadan juices, water, and Moroccan tea.

Two.0, Reem Island Abu Dhabi, sunset 8:30 pm, AED 179 per person, 056 398 7895, @two.0covebeach

Bella

Italian restaurant Bella is offering a special iftar menu, perfect for those looking for a touch of sparkle to their experience. Enjoy a variety of dishes like Insalata Di Kale (kale salad with tahini dressing, dates, raisins, mustard pearls), Brasato A Colori (slow-braised oyster blade with fermented red cabbage and mashed potato), Bella Pizza Signature (crispy pizza with goat cheese foam, beetroot, kale, agave dressing pecorino cheese, walnut candy), and more. Top tip: be sure to leave some room for the delicious Galeto Al Latte Di Cammello (camel milk ice cream with cherries and almond crumble).

Bella, Grand Millennium Hotel, Business Bay, sunset – 9pm, AED 250 per person, 04 873 3377, @bellarestaurantdxb

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Where Can I Find Serenity In Dubai?

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Dubai, globally renowned for its tourism appeal, presents a surprising array of hidden picnic spots that seamlessly merge nature’s tranquillity with the city’s vibrant allure. Beyond the iconic skyline and luxurious attractions, Dubai showcases a commitment to preserving culture and heritage. Diverse outdoor spaces have been created to offer a refreshing respite amidst the city’s hustle. There are plenty of places to enjoy a day with friends and family. Let’s explore the best outdoor spots in Dubai, where you can relax, unwind, and create fantastic memories.

Dubai Creek Park

Dubai Creek Park is the second largest park in Dubai. Spread across vast green lawns, the park offers stunning views of Dubai Creek, botanical gardens and an amphitheatre. Dubai Creek Park has many amenities like mini golf, go-karting and a vast playground for kids. It is the very first theme park for children. Children City and Dubai Dolphinarium are the major attractions of this park. You will witness traditional dhow boats gliding through the water. With children’s play areas and a cable car ride, Dubai Creek Park promises an enjoyable time for the entire family.

Jumeirah Beach Park

Jumeirah Beach Park offers stunning views of the Arabian Gulf. Home to a variety of attractions, including a playground, a barbecue area, and a water park, it offers plenty of shady spots to relax and picnic. Offering some beach sports for both children and adults, you come across beautiful tranquil spots as well.

Mushrif Park

A sprawling oasis spanning over 1,300 acres, this is located in the eastern part of the city, near the suburb of Al Khawaneej, about 16 km from the traditional centre of Dubai. This park boasts of lush gardens, vast open spaces, and tranquil lakes. It also has a train ride facility that tours the beauty of the park. Here, you can find designated picnic areas equipped with barbecue facilities, providing the perfect setting for an alfresco feast. For added adventure, you can explore the park’s cycling tracks, and horseback riding trails, and even take a stroll through the botanical gardens in the evenings.

Al Qudra Lake

An expansive Al Marmoom Desert Conservation Reserve built to promote eco-tourism in Dubai, it features multiple artificial lakes, surrounded by dunes and fauna. The attraction gained popularity in 2015 for its authentic desert vibe and seclusion. It is a popular spot for fishing and water sports. The lake is surrounded by desert dunes, which provide a stunning backdrop for a break from the grind.

Zabeel Park

Spreading across an area of 45 football fields, it has three zones, namely, Techno Zone, Communications Zone, and Alternative Energy Zone. Situated in the shadow of Dubai’s iconic Burj Khalifa, across 47.5 hectares, the park offers lush greenery, lakes, and picturesque gardens. With designated barbecue areas, ample seating spaces, and well-maintained lawns, Zabeel Park’s unique features, such as the Dubai Frame and the Dubai Garden Glow, add an extra touch of magic for residents and tourists.

Safa Park

Expanded to around 64 hectares of land, it is home to a variety of attractions, including a playground, a zoo, and a lake. There are also plenty of shady spots to relax and picnic.

Al Barsha Pond Park

If you are planning to escape from the city and spend some time in a peaceful residential area then this would be the right place for you. Al Barsha Pond Park is a small park located in the Al Barsha area of Dubai. It is home to a variety of attractions, including a playground, a pond, and a walking track. There are also plenty of shady spots to relax and picnic.

Al Mamzar Beach Park

Nestled along Dubai’s coastline, this pristine park features five beautiful beaches, extensive green lawns, and palm-fringed pathways. Picnic shelters, barbecue sites, and playgrounds are scattered throughout the park. Swim in the crystal-clear waters, play some beach volleyball, or simply relax on the sandy shores. Al Mamzar Beach Park offers a perfect blend of sun, sand, and picnic bliss.

These are just a few of the many great recreational spots in Dubai. With so many options to choose from, you’re sure to find the perfect place to enjoy a day out with friends and family.

When deciding on a spot, consider the weather conditions for the day. If it’s scorching hot outside, opt for a location with ample shade to provide relief from the sun’s intense rays. Pack plenty of food and drinks, ensuring that you include items that will help you stay hydrated and energised in the heat. Bring a first-aid kit just in case. Lastly, remember to be responsible and respectful by cleaning up and leaving the park in the same pristine condition as when you arrived.

Going on a picnic is fun. Our team at Gaggler has some recommendations to make your family time enjoyable and to collect some of the precious moments.

Take a break from your bustling life with an Intention Setting Kit to enhance your productivity. Wear a Labradorite Bracelet to welcome your mind and heart for new ideas and thoughts. Going outdoors in Dubai may cause sweating so use UnderArm Sweat Pads to feel fresh and relaxed. Treat yourself to some Brownie Bossbabe Cookies for a healthy boost of energy. Staying hydrated is essential outdoors so don’t forget to carry a Rose Quartz Crystal Water Bottle for your 2 Litres of daily water intake.

Intention Setting Kit

As you embark on your picnic adventure in Dubai Creek Park, set your intentions for the day with an Intention Setting Kit. This kit includes items like a Patchouli Tealight, a Palo Santo Wood Stick, Frankincense Incense, a White Sage Stick, and a Clear Quartz Crystal. Use the guide provided to perform a DIY ritual and set your intentions for fresh starts and positive energy.

PALM LIGHTS

Intention Setting Kit

AED 175.00

Labradorite Bracelet

Incorporate crystals by wearing a Labradorite Bracelet when you decide to connect with nature. It is known for its purifying and enlightening properties. It helps to calm an overactive mind, open up new ideas, strengthen your aura, and rejuvenate your mind. A perfect accessory while taking a stroll in the Jumeirah Beach Park!

MOTION TRADING

Labradorite Bracelet

AED 66.00

No Stain Underarm Sweat Pads

Stay fresh and confident throughout your day out with No Stain Underarm Sweat Pads. These disposable pads are easy to use and prevent sweat stains on your clothing. Simply place them on the inside of your garment to absorb sweat and avoid any embarrassing stains. Enjoy your time at the Mushrif Park without the fear of visible sweat marks.

SIRONA

No Stain Under Arm Sweat Pads

AED 40.00

Brownie Bossbabe

Treat yourself to a delicious and nutritious snack with the Brownie Bossbabe Cookie. This soft-textured cookie is packed with cacao and dark chocolate, providing antioxidants and immune support. Indulge in the rich and powerful flavours perfect for your outdoor adventure at the Al Mamzar Beach Park.

BEAUTY TREATS

The Brownie Bossbabe

AED 90.00

Crystal-Infused Water Bottle

Rose Quartz Crystal Water Bottle, known for its love, empathy, and healing properties can help nourish your heart, promote self-love and self-awareness, and attract love from others. Sip on crystal-infused water as you relax and enjoy your picnic in Safa Park Dubai.

MOTION TRADING

Rose Quartz Crystal Water Bottle

AED 280.00

Beyond the glitz and glamour, Dubai surprises visitors with spaces that create a harmony and a connect between nature, relaxation, and personal well-being. The positive energy in these parks along with intention-setting recommended products from The Gaggler is a great way to switch up your wellness routine.

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