Afternoon Tea at the Burj Al Arab
Having had afternoon tea all over the world, we were very excited to try it whilst visiting Dubai, renown for it’s many extravagant hotels that provide this typically British tradition. And where else to have it other than the Burj Al Arab, often billed as the world’s most luxurious hotel. The hotel offers afternoon tea in its beautiful atrium restaurant, the Sahn Eddar, as well as in the more recognisable Skyview Bar where we chose to reserve a table. After entering the hotel (where you can’t help but marvel at its luxurious interior design), we were shown to a beautiful waiting area overlooking the water before being shown to the private elevator, exclusively for Skyview Bar customers. This took us directly into the restaurant, where we were warmly welcomed by our hostess; we have to mention that this warm welcome and service was replicated by all the staff we encountered during our time at Burj Al Arab, ensuring we will be returning as hotel guests in the future.
We were shown to a table next to the window as requested, overlooking the beach and harbor below, and we’re given a glass of champagne each. Then came a very difficult decision, choosing what type of tea to have first; classic teas, fruit teas, green teas, the list was endless but in the end we chose the very traditional English Breakfast and Earl grey. Once our teas had arrived, the 7 courses of both savory and sweet treats began. With exquisite presentation and fantastic flavours, we loved every single item brought out but our favourites have to be the duck confit pie and lychee-rose sorbet. With so much food, there was no room for any seconds (which were repeatedly offered) and what we couldn’t finish was boxed up for us to takeaway.
With beautiful food, attentive service and the best view we’ve had during afternoon tea, we can’t wait to return to the Burj Al Arab; in fact, it was one of our favourite activities while in Dubai and we’d encourage anyone visiting to book a table and enjoy the luxurious Middle Eastern take on a typically English tradition.