Food and drink
The Skyview bar offers every conceivable drink on the planet, and all for a price. For the highly-recommended afternoon tea, you'll get a selection of berries, followed by a rather majestic Burj-shaped tiered tray, laden with posh sandwiches (crusts cut off), vol-au-vents, mini bowls of creme brulee, fruit cakes and spreads. Oh, and there's unlimited tea (and not just your builders variety). It's all rather decadent and OTT, but you'll love it nonetheless.
Go for the afternoon tea, available between 1pm and 5.30pm every day except Friday.
Despite being Dubai's most famous hotel, the Burj is notoriously tacky on the inside and the Skyview bar is no exception. But while being garishly decorated like a 70s airport lounge with wigglingly-patterned carpet and blinding light fittings, it's the views across the Gulf that'll have you occupied. It's very popular with both tourists and locals looking for something a little bit different.
Outstanding. The arrival of the various drinks and dishes by a team of waiters is akin to a well-rehearsed ballet routine. You'll be treated like a millionaire (who knows, the guy at the next table might well be).
Skyview is up on the 27th floor of the Burj Al Arab hotel, the little sticky out bit at the top (not the helipad), so be prepared if heights aren't your thing. Expect ears to pop in the lift up.
Oh dear. You've got to pay to visit the Burj. At 395 dirhams per person, this could be the most expensive afternoon tea you'll ever have. Otherwise there's a 275 dirham minimum spend per person.
- First-time travellers
- Mature travellers
- Great views / scenery
- Special occasions