Is this Dubai's best brunch deal?
What’s On explains the Party In The Park brunch package, probably the best brunch in Dubai, hosted by McGettigans and costing just Dhs650. Get tickets.
We all know Dubai can do brunch. Jazz brunch, boat brunch, picnic brunch, posh brunch, disco brunch, drunch; we’ve all been there. But we’ve never before seen a Festival Brunch.
As part of the upcoming Party In The Park festival at Dubai Media City Amphitheatre, which features UK pop princess Lily Allen, ex-Verve frontman Richard Ashcroft, Brit chart-toppers The Ting Tings and cult South African band, Freshlyground, there is one ticket that has got everybody talking; the Brunch Package.
Not only is this festival a first of its kind in the region, featuring international superstars, the very best in DJs from around the UAE, acoustic music from talented local musicians, and a sparkling array of stalls from Dubai’s coolest food and fashion boutiques, it now includes three hours of a city institution – McGettigans Brunch.
With Early Bird tickets now sold out, and standard entry for the 10-hour festival costing Dhs350, those who like to kickstart their weekend with unlimited food and drink can do so for just an extra Dhs300.
For that, ticket holders will get a dedicated platform in perfect view of the main stage, from which they can enjoy the sprawling site and star performers while tucking into some of the best pub grub in town.
The deck is hosted by McGettigan’s, the much-loved international Irish bar, and will be open from 2pm to 5pm. All the popular bar food choices will be on the menu, including Texan BBQ chicken, Angus beef burgers, pizza, American Hot Dog with saute onions, ketchup and mustard, Southern fried chicken burger, and fish and chips, served with tartare sauce and mushy peas. And remember, it’s all you can eat.
From 5pm, it’s head long into the night. If you haven’t eaten enough, this is Taste Of Dubai meets music festival. Throughout the Media City Amphitheatre you’ll find some of the most popular eateries offering healthy – and not so healthy – sustenance. If pizza is your bag, we’ve got Burger Fuel, Oregano, Sushi Counter, Bystro Dubai, Moti Roti, Taqado and more.
But might we suggest you head to the shops first? Over at the Hype Village, you’ll find stalls from vast swathes of the city’s coolest outlets, including West LA Boutique, Lady Mauve, Temporary Tattoos, Dump Drop, Remy Rue, Retro Culture, Glowfish and Hannah Lisa Make-up.
Those who like the finer things in life can head over to the Bubble Lounge, sponsored by Hello! Middle East. Any ticket holder will be able to relax in style with a glass of something bubbly or pose for event photographers on the red carpet walk. If all that sipping and selfie-taking gets too much, then unwind at the hands of our professional pamperers.
If you need to kick-back, the Good area is for you. Now we know Dubai may have the weather but it has nothing on England for a good beer garden. Well, intorducing the The Good Garden, a little bit of rustic charm in an otherwise glittering cityscape of skyscrapers. Local artisans and food and drinks stalls line the area offering up unique arts, crafts and all manner of gems. The acoustic stage provides a showcase of much-loved local acts featuring anything from soul to jazz.
Dubai Media City Amphitheatre, Media City, Dubai; Dhs350 regular, Dhs650 brunch, Dhs1000 VIP. Taxi: Media City. Metro: Nakheel. partyinthepark.ae