Traditionally, afternoon tea was taken as a ‘pick-me-up meal’ by British nobility during the 19th century, consisting of a few light snacks and, of course, a big pot of tea. Not much has changed with Dubai’s modern version: you still get plenty of delicious hot buttered scones and finger-sized sandwiches, alongside a staggering range of teas, although (this being Dubai) there’s often a glass of bubbly thrown in as well. The main difference today, of course, is that we tend to spend most of our afternoons at work, rather than sitting around chatting about polo. So why bother? Well, in Dubai, afternoon tea is fast becoming an institution; our city’s top hotels all put on lavish spreads, vying for the accolade of best afternoon tea in town. Dhs140 per person. Daily 3pm-6pm. Al Qasr Hotel, Madinat Jumeirah (04 366 8888). Check out our guide to the best afternoon teas in Dubai. To see 100 more of our favourite things to do in Dubai, click here.