1. Sambosak:

This Delicious treat is made by using premade thin sheets of dough, or if you’re feeling crafty you can make your own dough from scratch, and is then stuffed with various types of stuffing such as, cheese, vegetables, chicken, beef, and nutella if you have very sweet tooth. Different cultures have different variations and preferences when it comes to sambosak. Over the years it turned from a side dish to one of the main food items present at every household’s Iftar, with people taking the liberty to get creative with the stuffing.

2. Harees

The UAE is famous for its rich culture, so it’s no surprise that their food is rich with flavour. Harees is one of the crowd’s favourites all year round, and the demand for it spikes during Ramadan. The delicious porridge is prepared mixing wheat, butter, and grains continuously for a long period of time to achieve the consistency it is famous for, which is why it is prepare in huge pots at all local restaurants and kitchens. This cuisine is mostly served with variations of meat, or chicken.

3. Dates

Ramadan is all about Rituals and following the teachings of Islam. Muslims are recommended to follow the prophet Mohamad’s lead with breaking their fast with dates for the vast nutrients it provides the body and help replenish the natural sugar levels lost during the fast. Some people like to follow the dates with a glass of milk. This ritual has been taken up by people on daily basis throughout the year as well, due to the good amount of fibre and beneficial sugar and all its positive effects on the body, and the fact that the options available for different types of dates is literally endless.

4. Luqeimat

This sweet delight is known by different names in different countries, but the one thing everyone agrees upon is that it is the best Ramadan treat that dates back to the medieval Islamic times. A lesser known fact is that this dessert originated from ancient Greece before it became a stable in the mediterranean cuisine.  The classic name for this delicious delicacy is Luqmat Al Qadi, which is a specially made leavened pastry, that is fried right before consumption, and then sweetened traditionally with Arabic sugar Syrup, AKA Qater, or with honey or date syrup, depending upon the preference and cultural norms. A modern twist’s been recently adopted mixing it with chocolate and stuffing it with cheese, caramel, chocolate, or nuts.


5. Arabic Coffee

Arabic Coffee is a crowd’s favourite all year round, and is viewed by most as a stable in their daily routine. The Arabic coffee originates from Yemen during  the 15th century; ever since then, every culture has its own take on the Arabian coffee, with different blends and preparation process to set them apart from other countries. Traditionally, the original Arabic coffee is served during important events, weddings, Eid and celebrations as a long standing hospitality custom. No matter what type of Arabic coffee available on hand, people will definitely enjoy it when served with sweets after Iftar.

6. Qatayef

People during Ramadan tend to have a sweet tooth due to the lack of sugar intake throughout the day, so the fact that Qatayef is one of the most wanted sweet that is directly associated with the month of Ramadan and its festivities is not surprising. Qatayef, the middle eastern delicacy,  is prepared by preparing a pancake like dough that is poured on a special hot iron plate until they are cooked on one side, then they are usually filled with unsalted or sweetened cheese, pistachios, or a mixture of nuts and cinnamon; although some avid bakers and cooking enthusiasts added a bit of a modern twist to it and decided to be creative with weird combinations of stuffing and toppings, the delicious treats are then fried and dipped in sugar syrup.