In the bigger-is-better city of Dubai, the word ‘brunch’ takes on a very different meaning to
elsewhere in the world. Here, brunch is not a laid-back mid-morning weekend meal to be
enjoyed with a friend in a nice café; it is an all- you-can-eat, all-you-can- drink lunchtime feast that involves cuisines from every corner of the globe. A Dubai brunch isn’t just a meal, it’s an experience – and something everyone needs to do at least once during their holiday
The travel hungry
What? Wanderlust Brunch
Why? Embark on a culinary journey around the world at this ever popular Friday brunch, which takes place inside the tallest five-star hotel on the planet. Featuring more than 10 live cooking stations and ample more to boot, if you can't find what you're looking for here you're just not looking hard enough. Book a table on the outdoor terrace to soak up the sun.
When? Fridays from 1pm-4pm.
Where? JW Marriott Marquis Dubai (+971 4 414 3000)
How much? Dhs425 per person, including food and house drinks.
A chilled-out vibe
Why? For a brunch experience with a full-on holiday vibe, luxury beach club Summersalt is your go-to. Ideal for those who like to feel the sun on their skin, this chic affair offers you access to the pool and beach, with delicious food (the restaurant specialises in modern Asian fare) and signature drinks created by the venue's skilled mixologists, as well as resident DJs keeping the party alive. Soak up the view of the glistening pool, take a stroll along the pristine stretch of sand and listen to the waves lapping the shore.
When? Friday and Saturday from noon to 4pm.
Where? Jumeirah Al Naseem (+971 4 366 768).
How much? Dhs577 per person inclusive of pool and beach access, with a three-course set menu and unlimited selected beverages. Dhs35 per selected drink during happy hour (after 4pm). Advance booking is required.
Keeping the kids happy (and wet)
What? Dukesy Family Brunch
Why? The Dukesy Brunch is a guaranteed crowd pleaser. Grab a seat al fresco and lap up the beachfront views before tucking into the tasty food from the live cooking stations while the little ones get stuck into the self-serve buffet. You'll have plenty of time to savour your dishes thanks to all the kids' entertainment on offer: little brunchers receive complimentary access to the Dukesy Kids Club (for ages 5 to 12), which has a heavy focus on edutainment. The very best bit, however, is access to the lazy river, so your little adventurers can strip down to their swimmies and dive in for some wet and wild fun.
When? Fridays from 1pm to 4pm.
Where? West 14th at Dukes Dubai (+971 4 455 1101)
How much? From Dhs315 to Dhs399 depending on the drinks package. Dhs160 for children aged 6-12.
Dining in the sand dunes
What? The Garden Brunch
Why? Get a taste of the Bab Al Shams experience (it's one of the most popular desert resorts in Dubai), at this suits-all brunch,which lays on an extensive buffet on the lawn and inside Al Forsan restaurant. Sample signature dishes from Middle Eastern, Asian, Indian and European cuisines before satisfying your sweet tooth at the dedicated dessert sections. While you relax and enjoy the music from the four-piece band, the kids will have plenty to keep them entertained, including a mini zoo, juggler and magician as well as face painting, a bouncy castle, lawn games and mini golf challenges. Pony and camel rides start from 1.30pm.
When? Fridays from 1pm-4pm.
Where? Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa (+971 4 809 6194)
How much? Dhs365-545 per person depending on the drinks package; Dhs182 for ages 5 to 12; and free for those aged 4 and under.
What? Urban Picnic
Why? This poolside brunch goes to show that Dubai's favourite weekend meal needn't be a formal affair. Here, you can chill out by the pool and stock your picnic basket with gourmet goodies, along with a selection of drinks, while the resident DJ plays on. There's plenty of choice, including sizzling meat from the barbecue, baked potatoes, buttered corn, grilled
seafood, and assorted vegetables, as well as dedicated sandwich and nacho stations and a selection of freshly fired pizzas.
When? Fridays from 1pm-5pm.
Where? 3in1 Restaurant at Vida Downtown. (+971 4 888 3444)
How much? From Dhs295-395 depending on the drinks package. Cabanas by the pool are available on a first come, first served basis.