For a truly elegant afternoon tea experience, this is the one to book. The setting is, of course, mesmerising, being 122 floors up in the Burj Khalifa. Opt for a window seat and on days when the sky is clear, the views across the city are simply breathtaking. A live violinist provides the soundtrack and sets the mood for a relaxed and refined afternoon. The food is dainty yet substantial and, most importantly, delicious. This afternoon tea might be costly, but it’s worth booking for a special treat and really should be tried at least once.
Dhs440 (sparkling grape, non-window seat), Dhs515 (sparkling grape, window seat), Dhs680 (bubbly). Daily noon-4.30pm. Burj Khalifa, Downtown Dubai (04 888 3828).
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Al Fayrooz Lounge
An epic spread that includes hot and cold savouries, cakes and pastries. Sit on the terrace and enjoy the views of Burj Al Arab.
Dhs240 (Arabesque Afternoon Tea), Dhs345 (Royal Afternoon Tea), Dhs345 (Hendricks Afternoon Tea). Daily 2pm-6pm. Jumeirah Al Qasr, Umm Suqeim (04 432 3232).
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Sahn Eddar
This decadent afternoon is worth saving up for. One of the most memorable afternoon teas you’ll have, in a world-famous location. The food is equally impressive.
From Dhs545. Daily 1pm-5pm. Burj Al Arab Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim (4 301 7600).
SHORTLISTED: Al Bayt
A buffet afternoon tea that has a huge selection of cakes, pastries and a selection of traditional and Arabic treats.
Dhs170. Daily 2pm-6pm. Palace Downtown, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard (04 888 3444).
SHORTLISTED: Choix Patisserie and Restaurant par Pierre Gagnaire
This afternoon tea, from a Michelin-starred chef, comes in a remarkably low-key setting. Based in the lobby of the InterContinental Dubai Festival City, it’s understated, bright and totally delicious.
Dhs168. Daily 2.30pm-6pm. InterContinental Dubai Festival City (04 701 1136).
SHORTLISTED: Reform Social & Grill
The Gentlemen’s afternoon tea is a thoroughly blokey affair boasting mini pies, battenburg cake and more.
Dhs100. Sun-Thu 3pm-5pm. The Lakes Club, The Lakes (04 454 2638).
SHORTLISTED: Jolie Floral Boutique
Stepping into Jolie is like flouncing into a blooming French garden. The ceiling is adorned with floral shrubbery and our teas are presented with fresh roses. The cakes, as we’ve said before, are top-notch too. It’s all delightfully quaint.
Dhs119 per person. Daily 3pm-6pm. Jolie Boutique Floral Cafe, City Walk (04 345 6922).
SHORTLISTED: Shai Salon
The setting for this experience is luxurious and refined and the tea stand comes with a dainty selection of little finger sandwiches that are colourful and well-presented. The volume of sweets far outweigh the savouries here, though.
Dhs210 per stand. Daily 3pm-11pm. Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach, Jumeirah Beach Road (04 270 7805).
SHORTLISTED: The Lounge, Address Boulevard
Aa lovely setting and very tastefully done with a chest of drawers set up, housing a variety of sweet and savoury treats.
Dhs170 (one hot drink), Dhs240 (one glass of bubbly). Daily 2.30pm-6pm. Address Boulevard, Downtown Dubai (04 561 8555).
SHORTLISTED: The Victorian
Walking in to The Victorian is a little unnerving – you’re greeted by oil paintings, purple velour sofas and gold leaf as far as the eye can see. The presentation is delightful and the spread is worthy of any British aristocracy.
Dhs145. Daily 1pm-5pm. City Walk, Al Safa, Dubai (04 338 1234).