Dubai has taken a favourite British past time and has made it bigger, and some may say better, in true Emirate style. Afternoon tea in Dubai is a fabulous way to spend a few hours when the temperatures outside are soaring. A far more refined affair than brunch, alongside your choice of loose-leaf tea, you’ll get dainty sandwiches, delicious cakes and tasty scones. All served in china as pretty as the food.

Here’s our roundup of the top five places we recommend you take afternoon tea in Dubai:

At.mosphere at Burj Khalifa

Scale your way up 122 floors to reach the stunning At.mosphere lounge at the Burj Khalifa, and experience high tea that is head and shoulders above the rest. With three menu options to choose from, your savoury round is followed by an exquisite dessert selection featuring fine pastries and traditional favourites. A classic afternoon tea with a subtle Arabic twist in the tallest restaurant in the world.

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City Tour – Red Route, Stop: The Dubai Mall  

Fortnum & Mason

If you’re looking for a very British affair, head to Fortnum & Mason for afternoon tea in Dubai. Located Downtown, you can spend hours browsing the quant selection of artisan tea, spreads and fine crockery before you even sit down. The offering is very traditional, think finger sandwiches filled with cucumber and mint, coronation chicken and smoked salmon with lemon dill. With fluffy scones to follow and cakes to finish.  

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City Tour – Red Route, Stop: The Dubai Mall  

Skyview Bar at Burj Al Arab

The height of sophistication, head to the top floor of Burj Al Arab Jumeirah and grab a window seat to enjoy not only the exquisite pastries, but the spectacular views of the Palm Jumeirah and The World Islands. On top of the traditional offering you would expect when having afternoon tea in Dubai, the master mixologist and tea makers are creating unusual beverages to sip alongside your sweet and savoury selection of treats.

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Beach Tour – Green Route, Stop: Burj Al Arab  

La Patisserie at Sofitel Dubai Downtown

For an afternoon tea in Dubai that takes the brew very seriously, head to La Patisserie for their tea-inspired delights. Tea-flavoured sandwiches, tea-flavoured sweets, tea-flavoured scones…you get the picture. The tower of treats is served in a birdcage-like stand and the knowledgeable staff will help you pair each tier with the perfect…tea (of course). While the setting is laid-back in their lobby lounge, every handmade morsel is taken very seriously.

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The Tea Lounge at Dukes

On a cooler day, take afternoon tea in Dubai at The Tea Lounge. The outdoor terrace looks out over the Jumeirah Beach skyline and the atmosphere of the venue is as equally relaxed. The tea on offer is by international designer tea brand Tchaba, and the selection of loose-leaf varieties is extensive. Paired perfectly with all the tasty, traditional tiers of food you would wish for. At The Duke, a glass of bubbles is also perfectly acceptable during your afternoon tea experience.

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So there you have our top five places we recommend you take afternoon tea in Dubai. Whether it’s for a special occasion or simply to bring in the weekend, we’re confident you’ll have a rather splendid time. And when you’re suitably full and ready for some sightseeing, hop on a Big Bus tour and we’ll chauffeur you around this city to see the impressive architecture and world-famous attractions Dubai boasts.