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Where to Try Afternoon Tea in Dubai

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Due to the United Arab Emirates' history as a British protectorate (1820-1971), when it was known as the Trucial States, the country has a strong cultural connection to Great Britain. One delightful result is the popularity of the British tradition of afternoon tea. Offered in cafés across Dubai from 2 to 6pm, the finest are served in hotel lobbies—which also have the most fascinating people watching, along with bubbly (not available outside hotels).
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Lobby Lounge, Jumeirah Al Qasr - Jumeirah Rd. - دبي - United Arab Emirates
While many of Dubai's cafes offer afternoon tea, it's more fitting to partake in the tradition in a posh hotel lobby. Dubai is actually one of the few cities in the world where I encourage people to spend time in hotel lobbies. Thanks to the...
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Lobby, Jumeirah Mina A’Salam - Jumeira Road, Umm Suqeim 3 - دبي - United Arab Emirates
There aren't many cities where I'd send visitors to a hotel lobby to hang out. Dubai is the exception. Due to a combination of the sweltering year-round heat, the multicultural population, the opulence of the city's luxury hotels, and the...
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2 Jumeirah St - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
When it opened in December 1999, the Burj al Arab—a sail-shaped, all-suite skyscraper hotel built on an artificial island—put Dubai on the map as an over-the-top travel destination and became a landmark. Even today, the Burj al Arab...