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BiCE, Dubai

It is an authentic Italian brunch for BiCE patrons with a spread that will leave you
shouting bellisimo! There are live cooking stations, where you can find items such as ricotta and spinach tortelli as well as shared pasta dishes. However, it is not all about the pasta at this Hilton Jumeirah Beach hotspot as there are offerings that will satisfy meat and fish lovers too. 

Details 12.30pm to 4pm, from Dh295, call 04 318 2520

Bread Street Kitchen at Atlantis, the Palm

At Gordon Ramsay’s Bread Street Kitchen, you can delight in everything from a succulent British roast to the catch of the day. While mouth-watering signature desserts should keep the family happy, the brunch includes treats for the youngsters as well including a free visit to The Lost Chamber Aquarium, and a culinary masterclass for children. 

Details 12.30pm to 4pm, from Dh240, call 04 426 2000

Nomad, Jumeirah Creekside Hotel Dubai

Children can enjoy a brunch packed with fun activities including apple-bobbing, face painting and even a giant bouncy castle — sadly off limits for parents — and a glorious kids’ buffet. Mums and dads can plate up on some amazing fare sure to tantalise the taste buds including lobster, sushi, oysters, artisanal cheeses and spicy curries. 

Details 12.30pm to 3.30pm, from Dh240, call 04 432 3232

Na3Na3, the Address Dubai Mall

With full access to the swimming pool and supervised children’s activities, Na3Na3 provides a fun time for the family. The hardest part might be trying not to eat too much if you choose to go for a swim. Not easy, considering the host of seafood favourites available, including pan-seared scallops and an authentic Spanish paella. Plus there are groaning buffets of starters and desserts to tempt you even more! 

Details 12.30pm to 4pm, from Dh270, call 04 888 3444

Hakkasan, Abu Dhabi

Head to the enchanting Emirates Palace for a culinary treat for the children. At the Cantonese restaurant Hakkasan, the whole family can try out food that includes crab xiao long bao, wok-fried wild prawns with pineapple and the ever-popular dim sum — all while practicing their chopsticks skills! For an unforgettable experience though, there is also the restaurant’s signature Peking duck, which is opulently topped with caviar. 

Details 12 noon to 4pm, from Dh318 per adult, call 02 690 7739

RARE, Desert Palm Dubai 

The Vintage Friday Brunch at Rare at the Desert Palm Dubai is the ideal place to catch a game of polo while sampling a multitude of dishes from live cooking stations. Many specialities are on offer from the restaurants’ oak firewood grill, as well as sushi, seafood and much more.  

Details 12:30 to 4pm, from Dh 295 per adult, call 04 323 8888

The World Eatery,  Sofitel The Palm Dubai

Non-stop fun is assured for families at this brunch. Not only do the kids get free access to Sofitel The Palm’s Amura Kids Club, with beach access for both mum and dad, there’s also Family Fiesta Brunch Bingo! If it is your lucky day you can also win meal vouchers and even a free staycation! On the food front, pick from items including bresaola, carpaccio, Lebanese lamb kofta and a range of puds.

Details 12.30 to 3.30pm, from Dh299 per adult, call 04 455 5656

The Meydan Friday Brunch, Dubai

A Play Attendant who designs engaging activities for the little ones? Well, this is Dubai, so why not? And when the kids are busy, you can tuck into  a sumptuous buffet with multiple choices from all over the world — either overlooking the world-famous Meydan Racecourse, or indoors at the contemporary restaurant. 

Details 12 to 4pm, from Dh305 per adult, call 04 04 381 3111 

Seasonal Tastes, The Westin Dubai, Al Habtoor City

Enjoy a foodie affair at the City Brunch, with live cooking and a DJ spinning old school classics. Spread across two restaurants, the Seasonal Tastes and Il Capo, 17 stations come together to feature global cuisines including Japanese, Chinese, Indian, and Italian. There’s a kids’ zone with fun activities such as face painting and a juggling chef.

Details 1pm to 4.30pm, from Dh275; Call 04 435 5577