Need to find somewhere the whole gang can have a good time? Here’s where to start.

01. Piknik At The Westin

Location: The Westin Mina Seyahi

Description: Choose a blanket, table or beanbag, grab your picnic hamper, and relax on the grass with nibbles, barbecue food and drinks.

Best bit: There’s a bouncy castle and games, plus live music and entertainment that will wow even the grown-ups.

Price: Dhs390 for two adults and two children, with hot food and drinks extra.

The Westin Mina Seyahi, Dubai Marina, Dubai, Sat 11.30am to 4.30pm. Tel: (04) 3994141. Taxi: The Westin.

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02. Superhero Brunch

Brunch at Mazina, Address Dubai Marina

Location: Mazina at The Address Dubai Marina

Description: Superheroes unite for a feast that offers not only a vast buffet of international dishes, but a dedicated children’s area boasting a Wii console, magic shows, bouncy castle and face painting.

Best bit: Don’t forget to dress up – there’s a prize for the best costume.

Price: Dhs315 with soft drinks, Dhs440 with house drinks, Dhs595 with champagne, under-12s half price, under-sixes free.

The Address Dubai Marina, Dubai Marina, Dubai, Sat 12.30pm to 3.30pm. Tel: (04) 4367777. Metro: Damac Properties.

03. Book Munch Brunch

Book Munch - book clubs in Dubai

Location: Book Munch, Bay Avenue and Wasl Square

Description: These colourful bookshops-with-a-café now offer a brunch, with Wasl Square serving you on a Friday and Bay Avenue on a Saturday. Expect part buffet, part a la carte, with signature dishes including chilli beef noodles and chicken avocado salad.

Best bit: Browse the shelves, then leave with a new book and a full tummy.

Price: Dhs95, under-12s half price.

Bay Avenue, Business Bay and Wasl Square, Jumeirah, Dubai, Fri and Sat 11.30am to 3.30pm. Tel: (04) 3884006. Taxi: Bay Avenue.

04. Brunch at Crumbs Elysee

crumbs elysee

Location: Crumbs Elysee, just off Sheikh Zayed Road (take the Al Thanya exit and make a U-turn)

Description: This charming neighbourhood café serves breakfast from 6am, with many local residents popping in for freshly baked baguettes or a bag of almond croissants. You can also dine in, with the brunch option including hot dishes, pastries, salads and fruit, plus a hot drink.

Best bit: Children are given crayons and colouring books to keep them out of mischief, and there are board games for all ages.

Price: Dhs90, Dhs45 under-12s, under-fives free.

Off Sheikh Zayed Road, Al Thanya, Dubai, Fri 9am to 4pm. Tel: (04) 3468899. Taxi: Reem Al Bawadi.

05. The Picnic Brunch

Picnics in Dubai: Al Badia picnic brunch

Location: Al Badia Golf Course at Dubai Festival City

Description: Kick back on the grass (tables are available too) with a hamper of goodies, then take your plate to the live cooking stations, before heading to the pick ‘n’ mix and ice-cream stand.

Best bit: With plenty of fresh air and space (plus sweets), children will have a great time in the outdoors.

Price: Dhs265 with soft drinks, Dhs365 with house drinks.

Al Badia Golf Club By InterContinental, Dubai Festival City, Dubai, noon to 4pm. Tel: (04) 7011128. Taxi: Al Badia Golf Club.

06. Farriers Brunch


Location: Meydan

Description: Sit outside on the terrace overlooking the race track, or take a table close to the action, with chefs cooking up a storm inside. Children have their own buffet table as well as entertainment.

Best bit: There’s a bouncy castle and face painting for little ones (the former not recommended after going mad at the buffet).

Price: Dhs310 with soft drinks, Dhs475 with house drinks, Dhs155 ages 5 to 12, under-fours free.

The Meydan, Nad Al Sheba, Dubai, Fri 12.30pm to 4pm. Tel: (04) 3813111. Taxi: Meydan.

07. Friday Brunch For Everyone


Location: JW Marriott Hotel Dubai, Deira

Description: Spreading across three different restaurants, this vast brunch includes international cuisine at The Market Place, traditional Bavarian dishes at Hofbräuhaus, and Asian flavours at Bamboo Lagoon. There’s also a children’s buffet – they can even don an apron and decorate cookies for dessert.

Best bit: There’s plenty of entertainment, with bouncy castles, painting stations and games for children. Jealous? Grown-ups can join in with Polynesian dancing and the Haka.

Price: Dhs295 with soft drinks, Dhs395 with house drinks, Dhs60 under-12s, under-sixes free.

JW Marriott Hotel Dubai, Deira, Dubai, Fri 12.30pm to 4pm. Tel: (04) 2624444. Metro: Abu Baker Al Siddique.

08. Al Bahou Family Brunch

Al Bahou Family Brunch

Location: Al Bahou at Mövenpick Ibn Battuta Gate Hotel

Description: A cheese room for the big people and a movie theatre for the little people. Sound good? This Friday brunch is a truly family-friendly event, with entertainment for children, plus cuisines ranging from Italian to Chinese.

Best bit: Children score their own area with films, face painting, a bouncy castle and interactive activities. You might have to drag them away…

Price: Dhs295 with soft drinks, Dhs395 with house drinks, Dhs495 with champagne, Dhs145 under-12s, under-sixes free.

Mövenpick Ibn Battuta Gate Hotel, Ibn Battuta, Jebel Ali, Dubai, Fri 12.30pm to 4pm. Tel: (04) 4440000. Metro: Ibn Battuta.

09. Bubbalicious


Location: The Westin Mina Seyahi in Dubai Marina

Description: One of the city’s most popular brunches, Bubbalicious is consistently packed out, with Dubai dwellers booking for a fun afternoon of feasting and partying. Families can get their kicks too, with a children’s corner inside plus an outdoor area, as well as a kids’ menu.

Best bit: There’s something for everyone, with five-star dishes, live music and plenty to keep little ones busy, whatever the weather, with face painting, acrobats and more.

Price: Dhs450 with soft drinks, Dhs550 with house drinks, Dhs680 with champagne, Dhs225 under-12s, under-sixes free.

The Westin Mina Seyahi, Dubai Marina, Dubai, Fri 1pm to 4pm. Tel: (04) 3994141. Taxi: The Westin.

10. Art Of Brunch


Location: The Fountain

Description: Choose from a selection of novel street food stations, or take your pick from the a la carte menu, but make sure you save space for the tasty desserts.    

Best bit: The Kids Paradise section is where your little ones can eat, drink and play under supervision with activities such as painting, video games and much more.

Price: Dhs195 with soft drinks, Dhs295 with house drinks, under-16s half price, under-12s free.

19th Street, Oud Metha, Bur Dubai, Fri noon until 4pm. Tel: (04) 3366000. Metro: Dubai Healthcare City.

11. Jumeirah Mina A’Salam brunch

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Location: Jumeirah Mina A’Salam, Al Sufouh

Description: With food from live cooking stations (including some of the best Mexican in town, courtesy of Tortuga), live music, a separate children’s area and the chance to feed the resident turtles, this is a lovely way to spend a Friday.

Best bit: Children under 12 dine for free.

Price: Dhs425 with soft drinks, Dhs525 with house drinks, including champagne, under-12s free.

Jumeirah Mina A’Salam, Al Sufouh, Dubai, Fri noon until 4pm. Tel: (04) 4323232. Taxi: Mina A’Salam.

12. Brunch at Ronda Locatelli

Brunch at Ronda Locatelli

Location: Ronda Locatelli, Atlantis The Palm

Description: The celeb chef has launched a family brunch, where you can sample the menu, from pastas and pizzas (cooked in the mammoth oven) to calamari and burrata. Everything is brought to the table, with starters, mains and desserts, so you don’t need to queue.

Best bit: Children can top and cook their own pizzas.

Price: Dhs195 with soft drinks, Dhs295 with house drinks, under-11s free.

Atlantis The Palm, The Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, Sat 12.30 to 3.30pm. Tel: (04) 426262604. Taxi: Atlantis.

13. The Great British Brunch

The Great British Brunch

Location: Reform Social & Grill, The Lakes

Description: With two time slots (the daytime being far more family-friendly), an a la carte menu of British dishes – including a full English and fish ‘n’ chips, and a playground, this brunch should keep the family entertained for hours.

Best bit: Everyone will love the elaborate dessert stand.

Price: Dhs260 with soft drinks, Dhs360 with house drinks, Dhs405 with champagne, Dhs55 under-12s.

The Lakes Club, Emirates Living District, Dubai, noon until 4pm, 6pm to 10pm, Tel: (04) 4542638 Taxi: The Lakes Club.

14. The Talk & Soul Brunch

Soul, Movenpick JBR

Location: Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach

Description: Expect live jazz music, outdoor dining and everything from sushi to pizza at live cooking stations.

Best bit: The international buffet

Price: Dhs299 with soft drinks, Dhs399 with house drinks, under-12s half price, under-sixes free

Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach, JBR, Dubai Marina, Dubai, Fri 12.30pm to 4pm. Tel: (04) 4498888. Taxi: JBR.

15. Festa Italiana

Valentine's Day at Positano

Location: Positano, JW Marriott Marquis Dubai

Description: Tuck into a real Italian fare at this Sunday night feast. Expect plenty of quality seafood, while little ones will love the handmade pasta cooked to order.

Best bit: After all that pizza guests can explore the dessert room and try traditional Italian treats such as homemade creamy gelato.

Price: Dhs180 with soft drinks, Dhs370 with house drinks, children aged six to 12 are charged 50 per cent.

JW Marriott Marquis Dubai, Business Bay, Sun 6pm to midnight. Tel: (04) 4143000. Taxi: Business Bay.

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