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The best Friday brunches in Dubai

Start the weekend in Dubai with a brunch to remember
Dubai’s working week spans Sunday to Thursday, so Friday is the time to kick back and celebrate the start of the weekend. While Friday is traditionally the time to enjoy brunch in Dubai, the gastronomic tradition also extends to Saturdays, and often includes entertainment from roving magicians or acrobats. Here are five places to find an excellent brunch in Dubai.
1

Family-friendly fare

Flow Kitchen

Family-friendly fare

Flow Kitchen

Comes with a side of entertainment

Treat your loved ones to a sumptuous experience they won’t forget. ‘The Ultimate Friday Brunch’ takes place from 12.30pm to 3.30pm at Fairmont The Palm, during which time you can enjoy a selection of healthy bites, Middle Eastern classics and delicious roasts from live cooking stations. Whether you’re craving pizzas, dim sum, kebabs or sushi, this brunch will satisfy every palate. Meanwhile the little ones can stay entertained with activities such as face painting, balloon twisting, and fun arts and crafts.

When: Brunch is held on Fridays, 12:30pm-3:30pm
Contact Details
  Beachfront, Jumeirah Beach Hotel
  +971 4 432 3232

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2

Multi-level extravaganza

The Westin

Multi-level extravaganza

The Westin

Take the posse out to brunch

There’s a reason that Bubbalicious at The Westin took the top gong at the 2017 ShortList Brunch Awards. This extraordinary extravaganza combines the culinary forces of the hotel’s three restaurants to create a multi-level offering that includes everything from sushi and sashimi to steak and seafood. Don’t miss the dessert station, complete with a standalone chocolate table. If you can bear to glance away from the food, you’ll find entertainment in the form of a three-piece band, a petting zoo (in cooler months), a wandering magician and a Chinese acrobatic troupe.

When: Brunch is held on Fridays, 1pm-4pm
Contact Details
  The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina
  +971 4 399 4141
3

The backyard-style BBQ

The Ritz-Carlton DIFC

The backyard-style BBQ

The Ritz-Carlton DIFC

The Saturday solution

While Friday is the traditional day to brunch in Dubai, you can also brunch on a Saturday – and one of the best value options around is The Ritz-Carlton’s Backyard BBQ. The hotel’s No.5 Terrace, which offers city views, hosts a brunch experience that’s inspired by traditional backyard barbecues. Chefs go to work grilling chicken, short ribs and marinated sausages. The feast also includes prawns, salads and corn on the cob. Old-school desserts include cheesecake, ice-cream in a cone and candy floss.

When: Brunch is held on Saturdays, noon-4pm
Contact Details
  Al Mamsha Street, Jumeirah Beach Residence
  +971 4 399 4000

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4

Brunch with a view

At.mosphere

Brunch with a view

At.mosphere

A high point in local dining

Brunch at At.mosphere, perched on level 122 of the cloud-scraping Burj Khalifa tower, is one of those ‘only in Dubai’ experiences that you can use to regale your friends back home. While the world’s highest brunch takes place only four times a year, it’s worth planning your visit so that you can experience the extraordinary views over Dubai (you’ll be looking down on aeroplanes!). The 15 dishes served to your table might include Wagyu beef tartare, veal and foie gras pie, Alaskan king crab and French oysters.

When: Contact the restaurant for upcoming brunch dates
Contact Details
  122nd Floor, Burj Khalifa, Downtown
  +971 4 888 3828
5

As American as apple pie

Lock, Stock & Barrel

As American as apple pie

Lock, Stock & Barrel

Brunch with a Southern accent

Tucked within the Grand Millennium Hotel, Lock, Stock & Barrel specialises in mouth-watering fare from the southern US states – so it’s no surprise what is served during its popular wallet-friendly weekly brunch. Start with bayou popcorn shrimp, mac ‘n’ cheese balls and buffalo wings before moving on to Black Angus beef sliders, grilled flatbreads and fish and chips. Make it a sweet finish with cheesecake, brownies, ice-cream and beignets – a type of square doughnut that’s famous in New Orleans.

When: Brunch is held on Fridays, 1pm-4pm
Contact Details
  Grand Millennium Hotel Dubai, Barsha Heights
  +971 4 514 9195

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6

W is for wow

Level Seven

W is for wow

Level Seven

Brunch with a twist

Not your average weekend brunch, Level Seven at W Hotel brings together the best of design, entertainment and food for a Friday with a difference. Expect to see pop-ups showcasing the latest and the best from Dubai’s creative scene, while W ‘music curators’ bring the beat. The food is just as trendy with live stations serving sushi, seafood, desserts and more. After brunch, head poolside and enjoy the chilled out vibe with friends.

When: Brunch is held on Fridays, 12:30pm-4pm
Contact Details
  Level Seven at W Dubai - Al Habtoor City
  +971 4 435 5577