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The UAE's best budget brunches revealed

With VAT firmly in place, it’s time to make your lunch money work harder than ever. These brunches won’t break the bank

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The Daily, Rove hotels

Emaar’s three budget-friendly hotels across the emirate — Rove Healthcare City, Rove Trade Centre and Rove City Centre — all offer its renowned Bench Brunch at the Daily, promising to turn breakfast into the most exciting meal of the day. Here, the brunch includes a variety of hot and cold breakfast specials, such as pastries, a selection of cheeses, assorted cereals, fresh fruit 
and juices. Coffee is also a big draw here.

Details Every Friday, 11am to 3.30pm; Dh59 per person, kids eat for Dh29. Call 04 561 9200

Knotty Yard, Holiday Inn Bur Dubai

The casual dining venue specialises in a variety of Asian dishes, so expect a buffet serving up thali, butter chicken, dim sum and more. If you enjoy a bit of live music with your brunch then this is definitely one for you.

Details Every Friday, 12 to 4pm; Dh69 per person, kids eat for Dh45. Call 04 275 9085

Bistro Des Arts, Dubai 

A hidden gem on the Dubai Marina promenade, this French eatery’s aptly-titled Brunch à la Marina offers an incredibly affordable weekend breakfast experience comprising cereals, cold cuts, cakes and pastries, along with egg-based mains. There’s also crepes and cold and hot beverages. Entertainment for the little ones is available, thanks to a dedicated children’s play area.

Details Every Friday and Saturday, 10am to 2pm; Dh99 per person. Call 04 551 1576

Ranches Restaurant, Arabian Ranches Golf Club

With its terrace overlooking a golf course and lake, the Ranches Restaurant offers a family-friendly Friday brunch with a children’s play area 
to keep the little ones entertained. A tasty breakfast buffet, complete with a selection of fresh juices and pastries is on offer through 
the day.

Details Every Friday, 10am to 2pm; Dh145 per person, kids eat for Dh75. Call 04 888 3444

3in1, Vida Downtown

This ‘Saturdaze, long and lazy’ brunch experience features breakfast classics such as eggs Benedict, pancakes, omelettes and avocado toast. The key here is to arrive early to secure one of the venue’s few poolside cabanas — perfect for this time of year. 

Details Every Saturday, 12 to 4pm; Dh145 per person. Call 04 888 3444

Jazz@PizzaExpress, Abu Dhabi

This brunch (which also has its own version in Dubai) is arguably one of the best-value experiences in the country. 

The concept is simple: a set menu with five courses, brought to the table to share. Starters include the restaurant’s signature dough balls, meatballs and burrata with cherry tomatoes and rocket. One course is salad, while the next two are, of course, pizza and pasta. The experience ends with dessert.

Details Every Friday, 12 to 4pm; Dh129 per person. Call 02 444 7752
Wokyo, JLT

Launched earlier this month, the Japanese restaurant’s new Ikigai Noodle Brunch offers exactly what it says on the tin: noodle dishes galore — a choice of stir-fry, soups or Sapporo-style ramen — plus a choice of sides, dessert and drink. Entertainment is also on offer during the afternoon with Taiko drumming sessions, origami classes and Japanese calligraphy demonstrations.

Details Every Friday, timings TBC; Dh70 per person. Call 800 96596

Medley Restaurant, Pullman Dubai Creek City Centre

Little Suzie’s Friday Diner Brunch serves up New York-style fast food classics such as burgers, hot dogs, barbecue grills, waffles and towering milkshakes.

Details Every Friday, 12.30 to 4pm; Dh99 per person. Call 04 603 8201