10 great outdoor brunches to try in Dubai
It’s time to take your weekend feast outside. In fact, surely that’s the only way to brunch from now until May, when we’ll be shunted inside and back into the arms of an all-day dining restaurant again. Al fresco fun is the reward we’ve earned. All you need is sunglasses, sunscreen and something white to spill Thousand Island dressing all over.
There might not be a more consistently popular brunch on our list than this all-day affair. And when we say “all day”, we really mean it. This brunch offers pool and beach access from 8am and queues will start to form from even earlier than that. The crowds are drawn in by the international DJs,
a happy hour that kicks in at 5pm, and a ridiculously good price.
When: 12pm-5pm, Saturday
Where: Zero Gravity
Price: AED249 (girls), AED299 (guys)
Contact: +971 4 399 0009, website
Best of the Brits Urban Picnic Brunch
This brunch in the shadow of Burj Khalifa, with its plunge pool and cabanas, has been extended until the end of the year. The theme here is to grab your “oyster card” and take a trip to the various different corners of Britain’s capital for classic dishes, from shepherd’s pie and fish and
chips to chicken tikka masala.
When: 1pm-5pm, Friday
Where: 3in1, Vida Downtown
Price: AED310 (soft beverages), AED360 (house beverages)
Contact: +971 4 428 6888, website
La Familia Saturday Brunch
This has entered the scene with a bang this year, with a combination of Mediterranean dishes, floral trellises and relaxed Ibiza vibe. In addition to the quality food served table-side and the access to the beach, pool, showers and towels, there’s also a new beach terrace for shisha after brunch to enjoy.
When: 12pm-4pm, Saturday
Where: El Chiringuito, Rixos The Palm
Price: AED395 (soft beverages), AED495 (grape and hops), AED595 (premium beverages)
Contact: +971 54 449 6464, website
A full-on barbecue is fired up at this tranquil pool in the ever-elegant Palazzo Versace. Whether eaten in the terrace restaurant area, in one of the cabanas or on a lounger surrounding the Lagoon pool – which gets the sun all afternoon – guests can tuck into watermelon and baby squid salad, hot and cold mezzes and flame-grilled meat and seafood. A DJ then pumps out an eclectic setlist of club classics.
When: 12pm-5pm, Saturday
Where: Palazzo Versace
Price: AED295 (food, pool access)
Contact: +971 4 556 8888, website
Taking its cues from the English capital’s rich, multicultural food scene, the London Social is packed with a fantastic array of delicious options. From Peking duck and fish and chips to hearty roasts and tasty curries, it has everything. Sweet-toothed folk
are well catered for too with a well-stocked dessert area.
When: 1pm-4pm, Friday
Where: Caravan Restaurant, Ritz-Carlton JBR
Price: AED590 (with bubbles)
Contact: +971 4 318 6150, website
Thursday Evening Brunch
Outdoor brunches aren’t restricted to daytime affairs, as this elegant gathering atop the Four Seasons confirms. The upscale Mercury Lounge offers 180-degree views of downtown Dubai in one direction and the Arabian Gulf in the other, and they’re all accompanied by Mediterranean dishes of antipasti, sharing plates and light entrées.
When: 8pm-11pm, Thursday
Where: Mercury Lounge, Four Seasons Resort
Price: AED350 (soft drinks), AED495 (with house beverages)
Contact: +971 4 270 7804, website
Dukesy Beach Brunch
Another great brunch that offers the chance to decamp for the day by the pool. The West 14th beach club offers a stepped lawn area that overlooks both the infinity pool and the beach on the other side, which means you can grab
a lounger before and after your
al fresco lunch, which is characterised by a grilling station and plenty of mezzes. There’s a fully supervised kids club, too.
Time: 1pm-4pm, Friday
Where: West 14th, Dukes Hotel, The Palm
Price: from AED265 onwards
Contact: +971 4 455 1111, website
Friday Brunch At 7Elephants
The food at this just-launched brunch reflects the venue’s brand promise: cuisine from India, Bali, the Middle East, Britain, Italy, Spain and Mexico. So expect tapas platters, mezzes, tacos and a ton of desserts, to be eaten either inside or on the capacious terrace.
When: 12pm-4pm, Friday
Where: 7Elephants, Emirates Financial Towers, DIFC
Price: AED195 (soft drinks), AED295 (house beverages), AED495 (premium bubbles)
Contact: +971 4 354 4354, website
Social Garden Brunch
Much like its name suggests, brunch at this newly opened spot takes place in its laidback courtyard which features a number of live cooking stations, live entertainment and a dedicated dessert section – yum! Once the brunch comes to an end at 4.30pm, you can make your way to LookUp, La Ville Hotel & Suites’ rooftop bar, and enjoy two and a half hours of discounted beverages.
When: 1.30pm-4pm, every Friday
Where: La Ville Hotel & Suites, CityWalk
Price: AED290 including soft beverages, juices and botanical crystal waters, AED390 including house beverages and signature mixes, AED490 including bubbly and all of the above
Contact: +971 4 309 5948, website