I am embarrassed to admit that up until last night, I have never attended an Iftar in Dubai…and now I’ve committed that to print I’m even more embarrassed. Iftar is the meal shared by Muslims when breaking the fast at sunset during Ramadan. So this is important and beautiful and yes getting more uncomfortable. I’m going to blame my previous lack of participation in this very family and community orientated event on two very anti-social members of my family (because obviously I have no say in planning our lives and am totally at their mercy, right!)

Now that I am properly chastised I can say that my introduction into this tradition was delicious! Although set in the A.O.C. French Brasserie restaurant in Sofitel JBR, there was little evidence of the quaint French decor as the venue had been astonishingly revamped with a mix of Arabian and Indian notes that perfectly matched the aromas floating around. The buffet was mouth-watering from the Karkadi (Hibiscus) and  Jallab (Rose water, dates and grape molasses) to the expressively named Explosion Praline dessert who’s sweetness literally explodes in your mouth. There was a perfect blend of traditionally Arabic, Indian and European desserts and dishes with several vegetarian options if that is your preference.

Traditional Iftar drinks

Delicious starters


The Ramadan Iftar running from 7pm right up until 11pm is priced at AED140 per person with a great option that if mom and dad dine together, then up to 2 children under the age of 12 dine free. Older kids (under 17) dine at 50% of the full rate and complementary valet parking is available if you are attending the Iftar. All in, not a bad prospect, just make sure the kiddies have had an afternoon nap to see them through the crankiness. Dads have the option of sneaking in some sports on the big screen with their favourite house beverage at The Hub next door or Sheesha at the Infinity Pool Lounge. Alternatively mommies, grab your girlfriends as I think this would make a great option for a Mom’s Night Out.

Traditional Henna Painting

We also get a sneak peek at the Alliance Francaise Dubai’s “Climate, State of Emergency” Photo Exhibition which is running until the 5th of June and is very much worth a visit! For more information on the event and all things sustainability, I recommend my partner in crime for the evening Amrutha from GreenLivingInDubai.

Alliance Francaise Photo Exhibition

A.O.C. French Brasserie

Sofitel Dubai Jumeirah Beach Residence

Dubai Marina


Contact number: (+971) 44484848


Disclosure: I was invited for the preview of the Ramadan Iftar at A.O.C. French Brasserie by a friend and attended with no intent to write this review. I did however thoroughly enjoy it and felt the current offer worth while to share with other Dubai families.

Posted by:Paula Medronho

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