Where to celebrate India’s Independence Day in Dubai

On India’s 76th Independence Day, here are our suggestions to embrace the spirit of freedom, celebrate this special day and savour traditional Indian cuisine


On August 14-15, the acclaimed Indian restaurant at Dukes The Palm, a Royal Hideaway Hotel, will offer a special three-course set menu to honour the forthcoming Indian Independence Day. The festive dining experience promises to take you on a gastronomic tour of North India.

Indulge on delectable starters such as hara bhara kebab, haryali murgh tikka, and khubani paneer tikka. Families can enjoy family-style sharing plates of hearty North Indian main dishes like gosht ka salan, shabnami e paneer, nawabi tarkari biriyani, and many others. Khyber’s unique phirni will end the evening with sweet treats selected especially for the festival of lights.

Dukes The Palm, a Royal Hideaway Hotel. August 14 & 15. From 5-11pm. From AED150 per person. Call +9714 455 1101 and visit the website or Instagram

Bombay Bungalow

To commemorate the special 75 years of freedom, Bombay Bungalow has created a menu that pays tribute to this cherished nation and features traditional Indian food.

Expect warm delicacies like the trio of kebab platter infusing three different tastes of tandoori kebab, complemented by chili garlic yoghurt, while surrounded by stunning interiors and overlooking the BlueWaters Island.

For mains, the chef’s special Muttai Biryani is a colourful spin on the classic south Indian egg biryani and exudes rich flavour and authenticity with every bite.

Until August 31. From 8-12am. Call 800 692 8779 and visit the website or Instagram


On August 15, celebrate Indian Independence Day with Roobaru’s Chef Table. Specially chosen ingredients have been expertly prepared and are accessible to both vegetarians and non-vegetarians to bring flavour and character to the most unexpected dishes.

Start with a tart, flavour-tingling pandora spritzer, made with spicy lemongrass, kaffir lime, and red pepper. The ideal Indian snack, the one-bite jalapeo sev puri is served with spiced jalapeo yoghurt, green apple and sev. Enjoy the taste and crunch of the cured sea bass with avocado chaat, which has smashed avocado to give the crisped papad texture.

August 15. Two seatings at 7:30pm and 9pm. The ten-course menu is priced at AED250 with beverages pairing for an additional AED59. Call +9715 4776 6384 and visit Instagram

Farzi Dubai

The world-famous Indian snack chaat has an offer of 2-for-1 at Farzi eateries in Dubai on August 15, taking you on a culinary journey across India.

Believed to have started in the 17th century on the streets of Uttar Pradesh, the chaat menu will feature dishes such as chowpatty pe bhel puri & waffle, a crispy semolina shell stuffed with cooked pumpkin and sweet yoghurt, Mexican gol gappe, a hollowed-out shell filled with avocado mash infused with tasty condiments and spices, and Punjabi samosas, mushed then topped with chickpeas and a tangy sweet sauce.

August 15 from 5-7pm. AED25 per chaat. Call +971 52689 2012 (City Walk) and +9715 0407 5590 (Mall of the Emirates). Visit the website or Instagram

Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, The Palm, Dubai

This Independence Day, discover the rich and varied flavours of India’s cuisine at a magnificent dinner buffet at Palm Kitchen, the all-day dining establishment at Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, The Palm.

Palm Kitchen. August 15. From 6:30-10:30pm. Indian Dinner Buffet for AED175 per person (10% off for group of 10 or more). Call +9714 275 4444 and visit the website or Instagram

In honour of India’s Independence Day, Varq welcomes you to get together and enjoy an artistically created menu with regional flavours and a special beverage offer.

Varq. August 12-19. From 12-3pm and 6pm-12am. Lunch & Dinner Set Menu for AED225 per person. Add AED125 per person for 3 house beverages. Call +9714 275 4444 and visit the website or Instagram


Celebrate India’s 76th Independence Day at Shamiana, a heritage restaurant at Taj Jumeirah Lakes Tower, and relish the special lunch thali that Executive Chef Diljith Kaiprath has expertly designed and skilfully captures the essence of India.

Indulge on culinary delicacies such as lamb seekh kebabs, with spiced-up mutton kebabs served on a skewer, zafrani paneer tikka, with saffron-infused aromatic cottage cheese, aloo kashmiri, with baby potatoes simmered in a yogurt-based tomato gravy, and nilgiri vegetable khorma, with mixed vegetables cooked in a mint and coriander gravy.

Taj Jumeirah Lakes Tower. August 15. From 12:30-3pm. AED125 per person. Call +9714 5741 111 and visit the website or Instagram

Bombay Brasserie

The 76th Indian Independence Day will be celebrated at Taj Dubai’s iconic restaurant, Bombay Brasserie, with a taste of traditional fare. With a three-course feast featuring tempting and distinctive experiences from several areas of India, the hotel’s award-winning restaurant takes you on a delectable culinary trip that has been particularly curated by Executive Chef Vikas Milhoutra.

With treats such as lotus stem chaat and murgh khas seekh kebab, which are crispy lotus stems with sour yogurt, you are welcomed to savour the redolence of Indian flavours and spices. Other highlights include awadhi prawn curry, which is a slow-cooked shrimp dish with cashew nuts, saffron, and spices, gongura mutton curry, that is a well-known Andhra style curry prepared with roselle leaves. The dal makhani, slow-cooked black lentils with spices, butter and cream, is also a must-try.

Taj Dubai. August 15. From 12:30-3pm and 6-11:30pm. AED195 per person for a three-course menu (including a welcome non-alcoholic mocktail). Call +9714 438 3134 and visit the website or Instagram

High Note Pool & Sky Lounge

High Note is presenting a unique set menu created by Chef Praveen to commemorate the 76th year of Independence. For starters, you can opt for delightful dishes such as basil chicken tikka, guntur chilli mutton seekh, kasundi mahi tikka or the vegetarian options hara bhara kabab and mathania chilli paneer tikka, with velvety soya chaap served with tomato comfit and chutneys.

For mains, try the delectable velvety orange butter chicken with kasuri methi pratha or paneer khada pyaz with zaatar garlic naan, black gold makhni, steamed rice and vegetables.

Rooftop Level, Aloft Al Mina Hotel. August 14-15. AED75 per person. Call +9715 8591 8153 and visit Instagram

House of Curry

On Independence Day, House of Curry is serving a tri-colour biriyani bucket special that is a delightful treat for the body and the soul.

House of Curry combines vibrant flavours created with the unique methods and fresh ingredients. For starters, you can choose the vegetarian samosa or the soups and salads. Traditional vegetarian and non-vegetarian delicacies like the dal makhani, butter chicken, and chicken tikka masala are offered as the main courses along with warm naan and whole-wheat rotis.

Order via Deliveroo or Talabat. Call +9714 353 4300 and visit Instagram

India Bistro

From August 13-15, India Bistro is offering a 3-course multicultural lunch for AED86 per person to commemorate the anniversary of India’s Independence Day.

All customers at India Bistro can enjoy food with a tricolour theme to commemorate the spirit of patriotism.

August 13-15. Call +9714 548 8336 and visit the website or Instagram