Bab Al Shams brunch

A brunch at a desert oasis that nobody will want to leave

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Don't be put off by the length of the drive, you and the kids will thank you when you get here, even if it is a little bit out of town.

Bab Al Shams is built in the style of an Arabic fort and there are loads of little nooks and crannies down the long corridor in the restauant, where mountains buffet tables are heaving with mountains of food.

Indoor seating is available, but the main selling point is the lush green garden so we grab a table outside there along with all the other families – and children running all over the place.

The views out across the rolling dunes make you feel a world away from the city, and it’s a beautiful spot for a desert retreat in just an afternooon.

The main attraction is the sushi and salad room, and there’s a queue to prove it. There are various sushi rolls on offer alongside some unusual salads, the beetroot and goat’s cheese is worth a try, and we also nab a few mini mozzarella balls from the tray.

We also discover the seafood selection here, with lobster, crab and huge juicy tiger prawns all up for grabs, which is always a highlight of any decent brunch.

On the outside terrace there’s a barbecue station as well as international dishes from around the world. Asia, India and Thailand are all well represented at a variety of live cooking stations, and Arabic food fans won’t be disappointed with the offering of cold and hot mezze, plus delicious shawarmas, one won’t be enough, trust us.

The kids are catered for with their own mini buffet with cottage pie, macaroni cheese, and delicious fat chips.

A dessert room is filled with comforting classics like Umm Ali and apple crumble with custard, plus pretty bite-sized sweets like the lemon meringue, which is a firm favourite.

But the highlight has to be the cheese room, which although a tad on the whiffy side, houses one of the largest selections of cheese we’ve ever seen.

There’s loads for the children to do, too including a bouncy castle, camel and pony rides, a clown, a magician who makes his way around the tables, face painting and henna, which is Dhs100.

With tasty food, a superb setting and kids activities this is a top afternoon and well worth the drive to the desert.
Dhs385 (soft drinks), Dhs575 (house beverages), Dhs192.50 (kids six-12), Free (kids five and under), free (one nanny). Fri 1pm-4pm. Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa, Al Qudra Road, www.babalshams.com (04 809 6194).

WHAT IS IT...
A brunch at a desert oasis that nobody will want to leave

WHY GO...
Family fun, camel rides and tasty food

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