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 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 it won't hurt to 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
Information below is for 2010 unless an update has been supplied and indicated.
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?).
- Beach House Cabana restaurant - 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 (2010).
- Burjuman Center - all restaurants and cafes closed until Iftar (2010).
- 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).
- 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 the Irish Village in T1 after passport control (2012).
- Dubai Festival City - some food court restaurants possibly open for takeways (2010).
- 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).
- Dubai International Financial Center (DIFC) - most, or all, coffee shops and restaurants open for dine-in behind curtains to shield gluttonous diners from public view, a few are closed on Fridays and/or Saturdays. Subway is open 24 hours 7 days per week. There's also a DIFC smoking area around the back behind the bikeshed (2010).
- 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 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, possibly a tent for smokers (outside), but not on Fridays (2008).
- Friday Brunch at Emirates Golf Club and other hotels / clubs. No alcohol served at brunches during Ramadan (2009).
- Ibn Battuta Mall - Charlie's Subs open for takeways only (2008).
- 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 Mdeia City). Catering available Sat-Thur 0900-1800, tel +971-4-3256325, email firstname.lastname@example.org (email 01 August 2011).
- Mall of the Emirates - Apres, Aspen, Evory (open 0800-0200?), Karim Beirut (tel +971-4-3412202), Salomontini (tel +971-4-3475844), Sezzam, St Maxim's (tel +971-4-3413415). Food courts, both upstairs and downstairs, have some outlets open for takeaways but not dine-in. Some of the cafes are open for takeaways during the day (2010).
- Mirdiff City Center - some food court restaurants open for takeaways only. No dine-in facilities before Iftar (2010).
- More Cafe - not all of them, try Al Murooj Residence and Hotel, and the Gold & Diamond Park on SZR (0800-1830) (2009).
- Shakespeare & Co cafes - but not all of them. Try Al Attar Tower, Al Safa Centre Jumeirah (entrance backside), Jumeirah Village, Meadows Village Center, and Souk Al Bahar for ones open daytime (2010). Closed during the day in 2012?
- The Dubai Mall - some food court restaurants for takeaways (Burger King, Charlie's Subs, McDonalds, etc). The upstairs food court has a closed-off area for customers to eat their takeaways in. Across the bridge outside in Souq Al Bahar, Shakespeare Cafe is open during the day for dine-in (2010).
- Wafi City - nothing open for dine-in in the shopping center but Carter's in The Pyramids nearby is open from 1000-0100 (10am to 1pm) (has a smoking area too) (2010).
- Zuma Restaurant in DIFC The Gate Village - open as normal, including Friday Brunch (AED 265 during Ramadan). Tel
+971-4-4255660 for reservations (2010).
See Ramadan Abu Dhabi Dubai 2009 for more possibilities.
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