Dubai is the global hub of all luxury experience. You name it, the city has it. But does that mean spending money in the most lavish sense is the only way to survive in Dubai? Certainly not! Dubai is equally known for affordable and quality food, and as a proof, here are some of the most affordable Iftar restaurants in Dubai that are great value for money during Ramadan in Dubai:

Ghee Rice Restaurant

Primarily known for its Indian, Middle Eastern and Biryani cuisines, Ghee Rice Restaurant is cozy place to go for Iftar in Dubai. For vegans as well, this restaurant is a preferred choice as they have special vegan options for the kind. Another reason to love this restaurant is the buffet-style Iftar meals served here, in which Ghee Rice, Lamb, Fattoush, Gulab Jamun, and Chocolate Mousse are people’s favourite. Iftar (Buffet) (AED 69 per person) – 5:45 PM to 8:00 PM (Everyday)

Address: Flora Inn Hotel, Airport Road, Al Garhoud, Dubai

Shahran Fine Hyderabad Cuisine

The Hyderabadi cuisine from India is world-renowned for its unique Dum-style cooking and highly-aromatic spices. Bringing the very same flavour from Hyderabad to Dubai, Shahran Fine Hyderabad Cuisine does an incredible job at creating an authentic food experience. However, what sets this restaurant apart is the wide Iftar menu they have for you. You can either go for Dining Buffet Table service for just 75 AED per person, or take up the Open Buffet option for, again, just 60 AED per person. Or better yet, get the Iftar box for a minimal cost of 49 AED per person. Some of the must-try dishes at Shahran are Hyderabadi Biryani, Haleem, Mutton Dum Biryani, Gulab Jamun, Faluda, Chicken 65 and more.

Address: Opposite Oud Mehta Building, Oud Metha, Dubai

Grand Barbecue 

Serving Indian, Biryani and Mughlai, Grand Barbecue does absolute justice to its name by serving great food on live barbecue. The ambience at Grand Barbecue is quite palatial and the aroma is sure to wake your tastebuds. “Daawat-E-Zabardast“ – the Iftar meal as they like to call it, features welcome drinks and some of the finest cuisines from the restaurant menu. 

Address: Beside Ibis Styles Jumeirah Hotel, Al Mina Road, Al Hudaiba and around, Dubai

Kulcha King

In a mood for something spicy coupled with something mellow? Kulcha King is your place to be. The cuisine served at Kulcha King is mostly from the streets of India, including Chhole Kulche, Lassi, Gulab Jamun, Biryani and more. The interiors here are very well-lit churning out a decent ambience made up of comfortable seating and a soothing decor. 

Address: Flora Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road, Al Barsha, Dubai

Project Chaiwala

Project Chaiwala has probably the most unique experience to offer, this Ramadan. It brings you Cinemajlis – award-winning Arab movies over Iftar meals throughout the holy month of Ramadan. And the fact that the interiors of this restaurant are already as dramatic as a film, anyone visiting Project Chaiwala for the first time is bound to be amazed.

Address: Unit 68, Cinema Akil, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, Dubai

The Kebab Shop

The Kebab Shop is that cute little cafe where you take a stop because it looked comfortable enough. The outdoor seating at the Kebab Shop is a discovery for those who look for a peaceful time. But make no mistake, the menu here is abundant with Turkish, British, and Indian cuisines. Iftar meals at The Kebab Shop are commenced with complimentary dates and appetisers, followed by a Special Buffet Iftar Meal.

Address: Shop 3, Zee Building, Dubai Media City, Dubai


Anyone craving Indian cuisine that is served in the most decent culinary style needs to visit D’fusion at least once. The restaurant is themed around Bollywood with colours, curtains, and posters matched to perfection. Some of the must-try dishes served here are Kebab Platter, Biryani, Dal Makhani and Gulab Jamun. Iftar (Buffet) (AED 79 per person) – 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (Everyday)

Address: Lobby Level, Grandeur Hotel, Behind Mall of the Emirates, Al Barsha, Dubai

Spice Island

Interestingly, being in the affordable category, Spice Island has interiors too posh for it. Appropriately lit, camel wood interiors are a treat to be around. Everything from furniture to walls bears a uniformity not many eateries could maintain. The Sea Food is the USP of this place and a few other items to not be missed are Biryani, Nachos, and Waffles. And guess what, an Iftar meal here could win you free airline tickets to one of 70 destinations around the world. Try out to find out!Iftar (Buffet) (180 AED per person) – 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM (Everyday)

Address: Lobby Level, Crowne Plaza Dubai Deira, Salahuddin Road, Al Muteena, Dubai

Lal Quila

Lal Quila itself speaks volumes about the authentic food experience you are about to have if you have made up your mind to dine here. The interiors at Lal Quila are no less than royal and the furniture are sure to appeal to you if you are the kind who pays attention to detail. The restaurant serves Asian, Pakistani, and Indian cuisines with utmost authenticity in Silver, Copper, and other metal-ware, imparting a royal flavour as well as finish to the dishes. 

Iftar (Buffet) (AED 59 per person) – 7:00 to 11:00 PM (Everyday)

Address: Ground Floor, Tulip Al BarshaHotel Apartments, Al Barsha 1, Dubai 

India Palace

Among its many outlets in Dubai, Iftar meals are available only at the one on Al Garhoud. So make no mistake and check twice before you call Uber. Indian and Mughlai cuisine served here are at par with what you expect to be served in a restaurant. Among the many lip-smacking items, Tandoori Chicken, Chicken Tikka, Butter Chicken Combo, Chhole Bhature, and Matar Paneer are sure to take you down the Indian kitchens lanes.

Iftar (Buffet) (AED 85 per person) – 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM

Address: Near GGICO Metro Station, Sheikh Rashid Road, Al Garhoud, Dubai

Sikka Cafe

A true pacifier, Sikka Cafe is a favourite for many for its beautiful wooden interiors and outdoor seating area. By the look of the vibe here, clearly the restaurant’s idea is to maintain a casually and calming vibe as they bite into their favourite dishes, especially during the sunset. The food here is no inferior to competition, with Lamb, Falafel, Butter Chicken, Chicken Tikka and Milk Cake being the must-try delicacies. Iftar meals are available in set menu.  

Address: Shop 05, La Mer, Jumeirah 1, Dubai

The Meating Room

All about meat, The Meating Room is bustling with sumptuous meaty aroma with hints of spices. Serving Indian, Chinese, Grill and Kebab cuisines, The Meating Room is a foodie’s first love when it comes to value for money. Your visit to this place must include trying out Lamb Chops, Butter Chicken, Gulab Jamun Cheesecake, Mutton Keema, and Meat Platter. 

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