Ramadan 2022: Iftar with the lions or sahour on the beach? Abu Dhabi highlights its diverse experiences

Abu Dhabi: The Department of Culture and Tourism Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) has announced a number of iftar and suhoor offerings this Ramadan.

From the range of choices – available on the VisitRamadan page of the VisitAbuDhabi website – the department has shortlisted some experiences for visitors and residents.

Iftar with the Lions – Al Ain Zoo, Al Ain

This Ramadan, dine with lions at Al Ain Zoo for a truly unique and memorable iftar experience. Operating daily from 5.30pm to 8pm, the experience also includes a sunset tour operated by Al Ain Safari, whetting your appetite for an extraordinary gourmet menu experience on the edge of lion territory. This luxuriously wild experience is for groups of 4 to 12 people, ages 12 and up. Reservations must be made at least 48 hours in advance.

To book your experience, call 800 966 or 03 799 2000, or visit the AlAinZoo website.

Al-Ain Zoo
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Iftar with giraffes – Emirates Park Zoo, Al Bahia

An evening iftar with giraffes awaits, giving you the chance to feed these fascinating herbivores at Emirates Park Zoo, home to a colorful menagerie of wild animals. The special iftar with giraffes is open to groups of up to five people and lasts approximately two hours, starting at 6:30 p.m. For those looking to make a day of it, booking the iftar includes free entry for a full day at the zoo, plus a free environmental tour guide and an eclectic African drumming experience.

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Emirates Park Zoo
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Iftar with Elephants – Emirates Park Zoo, Al Bahia

An equally thrilling iftar evening for pachyderm lovers also includes free full-day entry to Emirates Park Zoo and a set menu dinner – this time in the arena with the elephants. The experience also includes an African drumming session, an educational lecture on elephant behavior and interacting with the gentle giants, including their feeding. Iftar with Elephants is open to groups of up to 12 people and lasts approximately two hours, starting at 6:30 p.m.

Iftar at Louvre Abu Dhabi – Fouquet’s Abu Dhabi and Art Lounge, Louvre Abu Dhabi, Saadiyat Island

Celebrate the magic of Ramadan in the first universal museum in the Arab world and enjoy a sumptuous iftar under Jean Nouvel’s iconic dome. Break your fast in an incredible Franco-Emirati gourmet iftar experience at Fouquet’s Abu Dhabi, or indulge in elegant light bites on the picturesque rooftop of the Art Lounge, both at Louvre Abu Dhabi on the island of Saadiyat.

The three-course Emirati-French iftar menu at Fouquet’s Abu Dhabi priced at Dh390 per person and the a la carte Iftar menu at Art Lounge are both available from sunset to 10 p.m. throughout the month of Ramadan.

For table reservations at Fouquet’s Abu Dhabi, call 02 205 4200, WhatsApp 050 699 6781 or email [email protected]

For table reservations at Art Lounge: call 02 205 4225, WhatsApp 050 699 6375 or email [email protected]

Suhoor on the Beach – Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel and Villas, Saadiyat Island

Live a luxury experience during Ramadan in Bedouin style at the Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel and Villas. During the Holy Month, the hotel’s ‘Suhoor on the Beach’ special event offers gourmet Arabic or French-style Suhoor tea and your favorite Hubbly-Bubbly in a serene environment away from the hustle and bustle of the city. The experience is open from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. during Ramadan and includes live Arabic musical entertainment with Oud or Qanoon performances.

For reservations, call 054 581 2576. A 24 hour advance reservation is recommended.

Iftar and suhoor at Sky Bubble or Skylight Dome – Jebel Hafit Desert Park, Al Ain

Savor delicious flavors under the stars and in the stunning surroundings of Jebel Hafit with a range of iftar and suhoor experiences hosted at Hafit Foothills Lounge by Pura. Soak up the soothing surroundings of Pura Eco Retreat – Jebel Hafit Desert Park by enjoying iftar at Hafit Foothills Lounge at 7:00 p.m. and suhoor from 9:00 p.m. every day of the month. Don’t miss this opportunity to experience the true nature of the desert while glamping comfortably in your bubble dome/skylight and enjoying the free bonfire from 9:00 PM each evening.

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Jebel Hafit Desert Park, Al Ain
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Iftar at the “first Warner Bros. in the world” – The WB™ Abu Dhabi, Yas Island

WB™ Abu Dhabi’s family-favorite Sidekicks Restaurant is hosting its first iftar buffet of Ramadan, a culinary journey of colorful cuisines and aromatic flavors to transport guests to the Levant. Held daily from sunset until 10:00 p.m., the WB™ Abu Dhabi Iftar promises fun for the whole family, featuring encounters with WB™ favorites such as Tom & Jerry, Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and Robin. Diners can gather with loved ones and enjoy authentic Levantine and modern cuisine from the buffet and live cooking stations. Traditional Ramadan drinks are also available.

Suhoor at the Grand Lawn – The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal, Khor Al Maqta’a

A tantalizing suhoor experience awaits outside on the Great Lawn overlooking Abu Dhabi’s Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. Ramadan Nights at The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi offers an a la carte menu of suhoor, featuring Arabic specialties and signature shisha flavors, from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. daily, while you enjoy the experience as part of lounge style or from your semi-private cabana.

To book your experience, call 02 818 8203 or email [email protected]

Iftar Cruise along the Corniche – Royal Yacht Restaurant – Abu Dhabi Corniche

Take to the water this Ramadan for an idyllic cruise along Abu Dhabi’s iconic Corniche, admiring views of the city’s shimmering skyline. The Royal Yacht’s special iftar cruise includes an international open buffet as well as delicious Ramadan juices and sweets. The cruise lasts one hour and operates from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. daily; departing from Marina Mall and cruising along the Corniche and Mina before returning to Marina Mall.

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