ritual of afternoon tea with cakes, finger sandwiches and scones has -- of
course – been taken one step further in Dubai.
of the city’s obsession with fashion, the Raffles
Hotel in Oud Metha, an area close to Dubai Creek, changes its afternoon tea
menu twice a year to coincide with the autumn/winter and spring/summer fashion weeks; its cakes and sandwiches inspired
by the season’s latest looks. Even the most weight-conscious fashionista will
fall for the delicious and painstakingly-made creations in the current menu, from
the new “it-bag”-shaped cherry shortbread to a fruit-based “lipstick” to a
miniature solid chocolate stiletto.
confection is not enough, then try the world’s highest afternoon tea at At.mosphere, located on the
122nd floor of Burj Khalifa,
the world’s tallest tower at 828m. Enjoy delicate slithers of sophisticated
sandwiches, delectable French fancies and endless scones while gazing out over the
city almost half a kilometre below. The prices may be sky high, but the view is
absolutely priceless. On a clear day you can see out to the ill-fated The
World development of islands (of which only one island is finished despite
a completion date of 2009), glimpse the sail-shaped Burj
Al Arab hotel and spy the cluster of skyscrapers at Dubai Marina, 20km away.
Collection, Afternoon Tea by Raffles Dubai, served daily between 2 pm and 7
pm, is 199 dirhams for two with tea, or 399 dirhams for two with one glass of
Champagne. Call 971-4-324-8888 to book a table. Afternoon tea at At.mosphere, served
daily, is Dhs290 for mocktails and tea or Dhs360 with one glass of Champagne. Call
971-4-888-3444 to book a table.
Wilson-Powell is the Dubai Localite for BBC Travel. She also writes the hotel
review blog sogoodtogetoutofthecity.wordpress.com