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Decadent Friday brunches

For the residents of the United Arab Emirates, Friday is like Sunday in the west – a quiet, lazy day of rest. On the first day of the weekend, restaurants try to outdo each other with delectable gourmet brunch buffets. Oysters served on shaved ice, crab, lobster and crispy Peking duck are among just some of the delicacies offered. Decadence is a virtue, as it is after all the most festive meal of the week.

After a long workweek from Sunday to Thursday, families, couples and groups of friends come out in droves on Friday to enjoy a festive brunch in one of the city’s top restaurants. Many restaurants charge a set price for the Friday brunch, ranging from 20 euros p.p. without alcoholic beverages to 135 euros p.p. including generous helpings of pink Moët & Chandon champagne. 3 of the best brunch locations in Dubai are listed below.

Friday brunch with copious amounts of champagne
Friday brunch with copious amounts of champagne

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Luxury at Spectrum On One

Fairmont Dubai

The Friday brunch has long been a tradition in the United Arab Emirates, but the 5-star Fairmont Dubai hotel was the first to promote the idea of celebrating this Friday feast outside of the home. Today, the Friday brunch at restaurant Spectrum on One is still considered one of the best in Dubai. The lavish buffet consists of sushi and sashimi, crispy Peking duck, crab, lobster and oysters amongst other things and guests can choose from 4 accompanying drinks offerings, ranging from non-alcoholic beverages to unlimited pink champagne.

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Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road, Trade Centre District, Dubai, www.fairmont.com/dubai

The largest: Madinat Jumeirah

Everyone who enters the Madinat Jumeirah for Friday brunch receives a map. This might seem a bit peculiar, but really isn’t when considering that − with its 800 place settings − the brunch takes up the entire ground floor of the Al Qasr, one of the 4 hotels in the complex. The maze-like buffet is divided over 3 restaurants and 37 cooking stations, ranging from Wagyu burgers at the barbecue station to grilled red snapper at the fish station or delicious foie gras prepared by a French chef. The price ranges from 90 euros (non-alcoholic beverages) to 110 euros (includes cocktails, wine and champagne).

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Scrumptious brunch dessert at Al Qasr

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Madinat Jumeirah, Al Sufouh Road, Al Sufouh, Dubai, www.jumeirah.com

Selection of caviar at the Friday brunch

7-star brunch: Burj Al Arab

It is highly recommended to reserve well ahead of your planned visit for the popular Friday brunch at Al Muntaha Restaurant, located on the 27th floor of the Burj Al Arab. The restaurant of the only ‘7-star hotel’ in the world sits 200 metres above the Persian Gulf and offers spectacular views of the sparkling skyline, the Palm islands and the future World islands. Listen to live jazz music while you enjoy a diverse and delicious buffet of fresh fruit, salads, sushi and sashimi, caviar with blini and a huge variety of local pastries and desserts. Prices start at approximately 100 euros p.p.

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Burj Al Arab, Jumeirah Road, Jumeirah, Dubai, www.jumeirah.com

Photo credits

  • Luxury at Spectrum On One: corza, Flickr
  • Scrumptious brunch dessert at Al Qasr: Matt, Flickr
  • Selection of caviar at the Friday brunch: Jochen Weiland, Flickr