Where to take the brunch on Fridays
Experience a Dubai gastronomic tradition – the Friday Brunch. With the work week running from Sunday to Thursday, Friday is the start of the weekend in Dubai. But this isn’t just about what food is on offer, brunch in Dubai can include everything from roving magicians to petting zoos – leaving plenty of time for the parents to savour their meals. Here’s just five fabulous family-friendly brunches.
1. Beachcombers at Jumeirah Beach Hotel
Stock up on family memories at the Jumeirah Beach Hotel restaurant. Located right on the beach with unparalleled views of the iconic Burj Al Arab, the setting is perfect for families. The menu is mainly Asian, including Thai, Indian and Chinese but they haven’t forgotten about the dessert table and chocolate lovers will be heading straight for the chocolate fountain. Kids will be kept entertained by the roving magician, balloon artist and clowns or they can have their own space in the dedicated video gaming room. There’s a wonderfully chilled out holiday vibe happening here.
2. Bubbalicious at The Westin
This brunch extravaganza combines the culinary forces of three restaurants to create a multi-level offer of everything from sushi to steak and seafood. Don’t miss the sweet dessert station, complete with a standalone chocolate table. If the kids can take their eyes off the food they’ll be entertained by a three-piece band, a petting zoo (in the cooler months), a wandering magician and an acrobatic troop.
3. Al Bahou Brunch at the Mövenpick ibn Battuta Gate Hotel
Take the family for a brunch in the Al Bahou (Grand Hall), a Moroccan-style indoor courtyard inside the Mövenpick ibn Battuta Gate Hotel next to the Ibn Battuta Shopping Mall. There are plenty of things to keep the little ones entertained including face painters, a cinema and even a bouncy castle! You won’t need to worry about the kids getting bored, and you can focus on the job of eating the delicious spread served up in front of you.
4. At.mosphere at Burj Khalifa
Enjoy an ‘Only in Dubai’ experience at At.mosphere, high in the sky on level 122 of the cloud-scraping Burj Khalifa tower. The views of Dubai are stunning (you’ll be looking down on aeroplanes!) and you’ll spend your brunch focused on picking out some of the city’s other landmarks, like The Palm. We recommend this one for families with older children (over the age of six).
5. Bab Al Shams Desert Resort
Enjoy a lazy Friday Brunch in the surrounds of a luxury desert fort on the outskirts of Dubai. There’s an extensive buffet of mainly Asian and Arabian dishes on offer and while you’re enjoying the peace and quiet, the kids can work up an appetite for seconds (or thirds) with horse and camel rides. Stay for the day and enjoy the pool and desert atmosphere.
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