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Monday 21 April 2014 (UAE)   

Restaurants cafes and other food and drink outlets open daytime in Ramadan UAE

See also the Ramadan in the UAE and coffee shops open Ramadan during day Dubai topics in the forum.

Supermarkets, hotels, gas stations, shopping malls in Dubai and UAE during Ramadan
  • In general, supermarkets, service stations and similar outlets in the UAE are open during the day during Ramadan, and will sell food and drink (but not for consumption on the premises, in your car, or in public).
  • Supermarkets in Dubai, and service stations, have pies, prepared meals, salads, sandwiches, snacks.
  • Large high end 4 or 5 star hotels in Dubai and Abu Dhabi will usually have daytime dine-in facilities and room service, some hotel pool areas might also allow food and drink (but no alcohol during the day).
  • Larger shopping malls in Dubai might have takeaway facilities from food court restaurants and other cafes but few, if any, will have dine-in facilities open during the day. Mall of the Emirates at the Ski Dubai end, and The Dubai Mall Food Court (in 2011, not in 2012 or 2013) are a couple with dine-in areas that we know of.
  • Food court areas might have some outlets that allow takeaways. Only likely in larger malls in Dubai.
  • Some drive-thru (and non-drivethru) fast food outlets like Burger King or McDonalds in Dubai (but probably not other emirates) for takeaways.
  • In other emirates, especially Sharjah, Ajman, Fujairah, Umm Al Quwain, it will be difficult to find anywhere to eat or drink during the day. A supermarket or service station will be the only likely places, but not for dine-in, and perhaps Fujairah hotels on the East Coast, and Ras Al Khaimah hotels.
  • No establishments anywhere in the UAE will serve alcohol during the day during Ramadan, at least not that we've heard of, except airside only at Dubai airport. Unknown if also at Abu Dhabi airport or Sharjah airport.
  • Young children (up to about 11 or 12 years old) can eat and drink in public during the day since Muslim children are not required to fast before puberty, although some do, or fast for part of the day. But try and be discreet about it - find a quiet corner in a food court rather than walk through the middle of a shopping mall with your sprogs slurping on an ice cream.

Individual hotels and outlets within hotels are not listed since most 4 and 5 star hotels in Dubai will have somewhere open during the day.

List of cafes, coffee shops, restaurants open daytime during Ramadan in Dubai

TL;DR version - go to DIFC. Easy access by metro (Emirates Towers station, not Financial Center station), free underground car parking for 2 hrs, good selection of restaurants and cafes open during the day. Most or all shopping malls won't have anywhere you can sit and eat or drink during the day (Mall of the Emirates is usually one exception - if you go to the hotel restaurants at the Ski Dubai end). Some malls will have a few food court outlets open for takeaways only. McDonalds, Starbucks, Tim Hortons, KFC, Hardees, etc will be open for drivethru and walk in takeaways in a few locations.

Year of validity in brackets, will be updated if information supplied, don't count on outlets being open during current Ramadan even if they were previously.

Food and drink outlets open during the day during Ramadan will not always be obvious, to be discreet, not because it's illegal - a special licence is needed from the Dubai Municipality to operate for dine-in during daylight hours in Ramadan (costs about AED 5,000 or AED 10,000 in 2010?).

Some places (very few actually, we only found one or two) might let you consume takeaways on the premises but we don't want to name them specifically since we're not sure if that's legal or not.

No alcoholic drinks served anywhere in Dubai before 8pm during Ramadan 2013 (except airside after customs and immigration at Dubai Airport).

  • Asha's (2013) (Indian restaurant) - Wafi Center Pyramids, open 1230-1500 and 1930-2400, tel +971-4-3244100.
  • Bistro Madeleine (2013), Intercontinental Hotel Dubai Festival City, open 1200-1500 and 1800-2300, tel +971-4-7011127.
  • Boulevard Cafe (2013) on Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard (was Emaar Boulevard), next to Al Manzil Hotel, Downtown Dubai (Old Town Dubai) - open 0700-0100 during Ramadan, French food and coffee, smoking area outside (hot but shaded).
  • Burjuman Center - all restaurants and cafes closed until Iftar (2010).
  • Cactus Cantina (2013) - Wafi Center Pyramid, open 1200-2400 food and drinks (non-alcoholic before 8pm), smoking area at bar.
  • Costa Coffee shops and cafes - some but not all outlets open during the day. Usually ones at Dubai Airport, EK Group locations, free zones in Dubai (not Fridays), and maybe some of the freehold developments in Dubai (2010).
  • Deira City Centre - takeaways only from some food court outlets. City Center Hotel restaurants closed until Iftar (2010).
  • Downtown Dubai and Old Town Dubai (2013) - Boulevard Cafe Al Manzil Hotel open for dine in during Ramadan, Starbucks and 800 Pizza open for takeaways only before Iftar. Al Manzil Hotel, Vida Hotel, The Address Hotel, have daytime dine in restaurants or cafes.
  • Dubai Airport - food and drink outlets in the departures terminals after customs and passport control are open 24 hrs, also the public food court area in Terminal 1, and Costa Coffee outlets in T1 and T3. Not clear if outlets open during the day in T2 (assume not unless you have information otherwise). Burger King. Subway, and the Indian restaurant in T3 departures area also open, with sectioned off eating area for dine in. Alcohol available at McGettigan's (previously the Irish Village) in T1 after passport control (2012)?
  • Dubai Festival City - some food court restaurants possibly open for takeways (2010). Hard Rock Cafe open from 1200 (2013)? Bistro Madeleine in the Intercontinental Hotel (2013).
  • Dubai Healthcare City (DHCC) - Automatic Restaurant (1100-2000), Costa Coffee (0700-2100 Sun-Thu, 0700-1400 Sat, closed Fridays), Cafe Supreme (0900-1600), Caribou Coffee (0900-1500), Emmanuel Cafe (0900-1700), Starbucks (0700-2200, closed Fridays during Ramadan). Most or all outlets probably closed on Fridays (2010). Sino Chai, Building 27, open Tue-Sun 1130-1600 and 1830-2200, tel +971-4-4355650 (2013).
  • Dubai International Financial Center (DIFC) - most, or all, coffee shops and restaurants open for dine-in behind yellow curtains during the day (curtains opened after Iftar) to shield gluttonous diners from public view. Some outlets closed on Fridays and/or Saturdays. Subway is open 24 hours 7 days per week. DIFC smoking area not available in 2013 (was available up to 2012?). Caramel closed completely for Ramadan 2013. Gramercy open daytime Sun-Fri (closed Sat) although DIFC reception might tell you it's closed (no alcohol but can smoke inside during the day), Wheeler's open 1000-0200 daily (no alcohol before 8pm).
  • Dubai Internet City - food court outlets open but not on Fridays, except for Subway sandwiches which is open 24 hrs (2010).
  • Dubai Knowledge Village - some or all food court restaurants and cafes open (2009).
  • Dubai Mall - see The Dubai Mall.
  • Dubai Marina (2013) - Thyme Restaurant Oasis Beach Tower.
  • Dubai Marina Mall - all food and drink outlets closed for dine-in until Iftar, some open for takeaways only (Gourmet Burger Kitchen GBK, Subway, McDonalds, etc). But Mazina in the Dubai Marina Mall The Address Hotel is open for breakfast and lunch during the day (2010).
  • Dubai Media City - food court outlets open, but not on Fridays. Smoking tent or area (2008)? Sushi Counter (2013) open every day (not sure about Fridays)?
  • Golf Clubs in Dubai - unknown for 2013, maybe some of them.
  • Friday Brunch at Emirates Golf Club and other hotels / clubs. No alcohol served at brunches during Ramadan (2009).
  • Hardees (2013) - some or all outlets open for drivethru and takeaways.
  • Hofbräuhaus (2013) JW Marriott Dubai, Deira - open 0900-2400 daily, tel +971-4-6077977.
  • Ibn Battuta Mall - some food court outlets open for takeways only (unconfirmed)?
  • KFC (2013) - some outlets open daytime for takeaways only (from 1200, not 1000 as advertised).
  • Limetree Cafe (2013) - Al Quoz cafe open? For takeaways only (unconfirmed)?
  • Limetree Cafe (2011) - Ibn Battuta, Jumeirah, Media City Lime Tree cafés closed during Ramadan. Al Quoz cafe open for takeways from 0800-1800 every day. Gourmet to Go in Media City open 0730-1600 Sunday to Thursday (next to the Limetree Cafe in Media City). Catering available Sat-Thur 0900-1800, tel +971-4-3256325, email catering@limetreecafe.ae (email 01 August 2011).
  • Madinat Jumeirah - see Souk Madinat Jumeirah
  • Mall of the Emirates (MOE or MOTE) (2013) - some food court outlets and cafes for takeaways only. Cheesecake Factory open for takeaways only before Iftar. More Cafe closed before Iftar. For dine in, only Salomontini (tel +971-4-3475844) and Karam Beirut at the Ski Dubai end. Apres closed before Iftar, Saint Maxim closed for renovation and renaming (to Saint Tropez). Or walk through to the Kempinski Hotel - Aspen open 24 hrs for dine in, 1792 bar open for coffee etc (smoking permitted).
  • McDonald's (2013) - some outlets open for takeaways and drivethru only from 1000 or 1200 until Iftar. Closed completely from about 0400 until 1000 or 1200.
  • Medzo Italian restaurant (2013) - Wafi Center Pyramids, open for lunch, tel +971-4-3244100.
  • Mirdiff City Center (2013) - some food court restaurants open for takeaways only. No dine-in facilities before Iftar.
  • More Cafe (2013) - not all of them. Gold & Diamond Park (near First Gulf Bank metro station) open 0700-1900 tel +971-4-3234350, and DIFC branches open daytime in 2013.
  • Old Town Dubai - see Downtown Dubai.
  • Palm Island Jumeirah (2013) - The Burger Joint in Atlantis Resort.
  • Shakespeare & Co cafes - All branches closed daytime Ramadan 2013 (Shakespeare FB says "Our branches will be open from Iftar until after midnight throughout Ramadan" - 09 Jul 2013).
  • Souk Madinat Jumeirah (2013) - almost everything closed for dine-in during the day, only Toscana Italian restaurant open for daytime dining - opening hours 1200-2400, Noodle House closed daytime, opens at Iftar. Some outlets open for takeaways only - Costa Coffee, Dome Cafe, Starbucks. Places look closed, you'll have to search a bit for the entrance - try some closed doors.
  • SpinDubai (Spin Dubai) (2013) - ping pong table tennis (100 dhs for 30 minutes) with your drinks, lounge bar. Open 1300-1600 and 2000-2400 (until 0200 Wed, Thu, Fri). Smoking permitted daytime.
  • Starbucks (2013) - some outlets open daytime for takeaways only (unless in one of the free zones where shops are open for dine-in e.g. DIFC). The drivethru Starbucks on Jumeirah Beach Rd (Umm Suqeim area) is open for takeaways, dine-in closed before Iftar.
  • Sushi Counter (2013) Dubai Media City CNBC Food Court - open 1100-2400 daily (Fridays?) tel +971-4-3751096.
  • TECOM (2013) - Byblos Hotel Crown and Lion bar open 1100-0130, tel +971-4-448800. Media Rotana Hotel Nelson's Bar open 1200-1530 and 2000-0230, tel +971-4-4350000.
  • Thai Chi restaurant (2013) Wafi City Pyramids - open 1200-1500 for Thai buffet lunch AED 119 dhs including drinks (non-alcoholic), and a-la-carte.
  • The Burger Joint (2013), Atlantis Jumeirah Palm Island, open 1100-2200 Sat-Wed and 1100-2300 Thu-Fri, tel +971-4-4262626.
  • The Dubai Mall (2013) - some food court restaurants for takeaways (Burger King, Charlie's Subs, McDonalds, etc). The upstairs food court seating area is not available (was closed off for eating takeaways only in 2010). Some of the other outlets might be open for takeaways (Costa Coffee?). All outlets in Souk Al Bahar closed during the day (including Shakespeare Cafe - was open in previous years, not in 2013).
  • Thyme Restaurant (2013), Oasis Beach Tower Dubai Marina, open 1230-1530 and 1900-2300, tel +971-4-3154200.
  • Tim Hortons cafes and coffee shops (2013) - some or all outlets open for takeaways only during the day. Sheikh Zayed Road and JBR The Walk have 24 hr outlets.
  • Toscana Restaurant (2013) - in Souk Madinat Jumeirah, open daily from 1200-2400 during Ramadan, tel +971-4-3666730, entrance is not so obvious, try a couple of doors.
  • Vivel Patisserie - open for takeaways only. Some locations serve coffee. Jumeirah Beach Rd location (La Plage Apartments) serves food (sandwiches, breakfast, etc) and drinks for takeaway only, tel +971-4-3443232, open 0730-midnight, maybe 0730-0200 Thu-Fri during Ramadan.
  • Wafi City (2013) - Marry Brown Chicken (Merry, Mary) in the upstairs food court open for takeaways only, no dine-in facilities anywhere. Nearby The Pyramids has a few outlets that are open - Carter's from 1100-0100 (smoking ok), tel +971-4-3244100. Ashas Indian restaurant (not all day though). SpinDubai 1300-1600 daytime (smoking area). Medzo Italian restaurant for lunch +971-4-3244100. Cactus Cantina 1200-2400 (smoking area). Thai Chi 1200-1500 for lunch. Sevilles Spanish tapas bar and Vintage wine and cheese bar closed daytime during Ramadan.
  • Wox (2013) (noodles) Grand Hyatt Dubai, Oud Metha - open 1200-2330 daily, tel +971-4-3172222.
Older information (year of validity in brackets)
  • Beach House Cabana restaurant (2010) - Jumeirah Palm Golden Mile between apartment buildings 5 and 6, open 1200-2400 Sat-Wed, 1200-0100 Thu-Fri. No alcohol before Iftar. Smoking allowed.
  • The Greens (2009) - Berts Cafe takeaways and deliveries only before Iftar.
  • Beach Park Plaza opposite Jumeirah Beach Park (2009) - Circle Bagels for takeaways (and deliveries?), open from 0800, tel +971-4-3428177.
  • Central Perk (2009) - Umm Suqeim for takeaways, Rashidiya unknown.
  • Dubai Marina Mall (2009) - Favorite Things children's area coffee shop.
  • JBR The Walk (Marina Walk) (2009) - Paul Cafe - takeaways only.
  • Pizza Express (2009) - Jumeirah/Umm Suqeim location - takeways (and deliveries?) only from 12pm-Iftar except Fridays 1:30pm-Iftar, tel +971-4-3945616. Dine in after Iftar.
  • Wagamama (2009) - SZR Crowne Plaza for dine in, The Greens for takeaways.
  • Zuma Restaurant in DIFC The Gate Village (2010) - open as normal, including Friday Brunch (AED 265 during Ramadan). Tel +971-4-4255660 for reservations.
Last update Sunday 11-Aug-2013. Page development 1H 2T 3D 4L 5C.
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