There are few things that are delightful as indulging in the age old tradition of afternoon tea, which typically consists of exquisite cakes, sandwiches, tea, pastries coffee and in some cases cocktails and champagne, all shared in good company, of course. If you love to go for afternoon tea, then you will be spoilt for choice when visiting Dubai. Here are some of the best places in the city to go for the ultimate afternoon tea experience.
Atmosphere at the Burj Khalifa
Afternoon tea at Atmosphere puts the ‘high’ in high tea. The delightful cake selection is as heavenly as its location, all the way up on the 122-floor of The Burj Khalifa, one of the world’s most iconic buildings, not to mention the tallest. It’s an unparallelled afternoon tea experience that you won’t be forgetting in a hurry.
Location : 1 Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Blvd, Dubai.
Price : AED 300 per person.
Image Credits : Burj Khalifa.
The Skyview Bar at The Burj Al Arab
Forget ‘high tea’ it’s all about ‘Sky Tea’ at the Burj Al Arab’s Sky Lounge. Located 300m out to sea, the Burj Al Arab is the world’s only 7 Star hotel and is renowned for its next-level luxury; you are guaranteed one of the most opulent afternoon tea experiences to be had. The Skyview Bar is situated in the top floor of the hotel, so magnificent floor-to-ceiling views across the Palm Island and the Arabian Gulf can be admired whilst enjoying afternoon tea.
Location : 27th floor, Burj Al Arab, Jumeirah Beach Road, Dubai.
Price : AED 620 per person.
Image Credits : Burj Al Arab.
Al Fayrooz Lounge at The Madinat
Voted the Best Afternoon Tea by TimeOut Dubai, The Madinat is the place to go for an exceptional array of English classics and a unique tea blends. Guests can polish their afternoon tea experience off with a delightful walk around The Madinat’s gigantic Arabian themed complex, which boasts it’s own private stretch of beach and unimaginable views of the Arabian Gulf.
Location : 6 Al Sufouh Rd, Dubai.
Price : AED 95 - 200 per person.
Light, bright and white; the Waldorf Astoria’s Peacock Alley lounge oozes with understated class and is described as a place to “see and be seen”. Its floor-to-ceiling windows flood the lounge with natural light and provide majestic views across The Palm; it’s certainly a delightful place to be. One of the highlights of Peacock Alley’s afternoon experience is getting the opportunity to create a custom blend in the tea mixing room to create something unique and to your taste. If you want to go Al Fesco, there is a terrace where there’s the option to try a shisha.
Location : Crescent Rd, The Palm Jumeirah, Dubai.
Price : AED 95 - 165 per person.
Image Credits : (c) 2016 Waldorf Astoria.
Al-Bayt at The Palace
For an Arabian afternoon tea experience, the Al-Bayt is the place to go. It features a mouth-watering selection, including chicken shawarma and kofta sandwiches, for a true taste of the Middle East. The Al-Byat is located in downtown Dubai and boasts fantastic city-scape views.
Location : Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, Dubai.
Price : AED 160 per person.
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Fortnum and Mason
The famed luxury department has been exported from London to major cities across the world, bringing a little bit of England to them. Having sold tea for over 300 years, Fortnum and Mason are connoisseurs of the loose leaf. You can expect elegant afternoon tea served on the trademark duck-egg blue crockery and the most exquisite cakes and pastries. It’s one of Dubai’s quaintest and most elegant afternoon tea destinations.
Location : Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard.Downtown Dubai.
Price : AED 245 - 275 per person.