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“Afternoon Tea: disappointing...”
Review of Burj Al Arab

Burj Al Arab
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$130.00*
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Dubai Layover City Tour Including Burj Khalifa Tickets
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$298.00*
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Afternoon Tea at Sahn Eddar Restaurant in Burj al Arab with private Transfers
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$271.50*
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Burj Khalifa 'At the Top' Including Afternoon Tea at Burj Al-Arab
Ranked #4 of 416 things to do in Dubai
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Reviewed August 26, 2014

The afternoon tea at Burj Al Arab hotel trades on the mystique attached to the place, in our opinion quite undeserved. We were only impressed by the hotel's huge atrium and the outside design of the building. If you really want to see the jaw-dropping opulence and no-expense-spared architectural marvel you’d be better visiting the Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi.

The décor at the Skyview Bar is pretty unremarkable and the seats along the inner curved sofa slightly uncomfortable and not individual enough. Combine the lack of view with the sofa seat and then you may want to question whether that UAE 600 was the money well spent.

Without the panorama afforded to the window seats there is nothing really unique about this venue and, ideally, inner seats should be priced at a discounted rate. You can get a window seat (these are allocated on the first-come-first-served basis) but to make sure be there up to one hour before your allocated time.

In any case, the whole area of Dubai seems to be permanently enveloped in desert haze so even the views are not that clear.

The canapés are rather average though originally presented and quite plentiful. Don’t get suckered into buying another glass of champagne for you will quickly inflate the cost of the visit before you even notice.

The staff serving the food are extremely courteous and helpful.

Overall, an attraction to be missed if you are on a budget or with limited time on your hands.

1  Thank Globetrotter008
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Reviewed August 26, 2014

This was a very special experience, we were treated to the ultimate Afternoon Tea, a bit pricey but well worth it just to see how the other half live. There are various course to the menu, at least six courses. You start off with a glass of Champagne and strawberry shortcake, then progress on to the other various courses. The whole Afternoon tea lasts about two and a half hours And was an amazing one and not to be missed if your looking for that something special to do. While we were there it was my husbands Birthday, and they presented him with a lovely Birthday Chocolate Cheesecake, which was a very nice touch. You are welcome to walk round the foyer of the hotel, so remember to take your camera.

1  Thank Nancy02051950
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Reviewed August 26, 2014

Looks as awe inspiring as it sounds! Afternoon tea is available at a cost, you heed to deposit a minimum of £50 just to be able to walk inside!
If you don't want to spend then just go to the beach and get a fantastic viewpoint for a photo to remember

Thank Michelle T
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Reviewed August 26, 2014

it was 1 night stay during a stop over I loved it. Wish I can could have stayed for more nights. I loved the decor, it was breathtaking, sheer creativity and opulence is out of this earth.

Thank DeanMiah
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Reviewed August 25, 2014

Booked prior to our visit, it was worth the wait. The approach and entrance of the Burj is certainly captivating. We took several moments to drink in the atmosphere and the palatial surroundings before ascending to the Sky Lounge.Very chic indeed.

2  Thank Ian C
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