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.