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Sure, the Burj Khalifa might be a hot spot for tourists. But don’t let them nab all the tables, as this may well be one of the best afternoon tea spots in the city. Here, visitors can take their pick from mini-sandwiches, patisseries and a 20-strong tea selection, all whilst listening to a live violinist. Fancy a more upmarket experience? The Luxurious Menu – yes, really – includes champagne and a main course such as roast chicken with seasonal veggies. Our tip? Grab a table by the window, of course. A nibble at the world’s tallest building *and* spectacular skyline views? It’s afternoon tea at its finest.
Burj Khalifa, Downtown Dubai, Dubai, daily noon to 4.30pm, Dhs327 to Dhs515. Tel: (04) 8883828. Taxi: Armani Hotel atmosphereburjkhalifa.com
Tea in a chest of drawers? It is at Address Boulevard’s Art Crafted Afternoon Tea. The first drawer includes plastic-wrapped candy and chocolate caviar, while the second and third drawers contain a mix of sweet and savoury items, including smoked salmon and quail egg.
Address Boulevard, Downtown Dubai, Dubai daily 2.30pm and 6pm, Dhs166. Tel: (04) 8883444. Taxi: Address Boulevard, Downtown Dubai addresshotels.com
The Gin Bar
What better way to experience a thoroughly British pastime than on board a legendary luxury liner? Served in the gin bar, which was once reserved for visiting royals and first class passengers, guests can expect finger sandwiches, sausage rolls and mini quiches. If you’re feeling flush, you can get The Queen Elizabeth package for Dhs7,850 which comes with Dom Pérignon Rosé.
The Queen’s Grill, The QE2 Dubai, Port Rashid, Thurs to Sat 4pm to 6pm, Dhs195 to Dhs7,850. Tel: (04) 5268888. Taxi: Port Rashid qe2.com