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Al Bayt
Nominated for Best Afternoon Tea
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Al Bayt is in the lobby of Arabian-style The Palace Downtown. It’s a calming setting – a petal-filled fountain ripples in the background and a stunning flower arrangement stands in the centre of the room. Traditional and Arabic options are available. If you opt for the Arabic tray, you’ll receive a selection of the expected teas and sandwiches along with delicate shawarma and kofta concoctions, scones flavoured with saffron and cardamom, and cakes such as camel milk crème brûlée. It’s a classy affair.
High tea buffet: Dhs145 per person. Served Wed and Sat 2pm-6pm. Traditional afternoon tea and timeless Arabic afternoon tea: Dhs130 per person. Served daily (except Wed and Sat) 2pm-6pm. The Palace Downtown Dubai (04 4428 7888).

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