Here's where to celebrate the royal wedding in Dubai
Stag dos, British beach parties, and regal afternoon teas…
Fans of the British monarchy (and anyone who’s ever watched Suits) will know that the nuptials of Prince Harry and actress Meghan Markle are set to take place on Saturday, May 19.
But if your invite somehow got lost in the post, you’ll be pleased to know that several Dubai venues are getting a royal makeover for the occasion. Whether you want to celebrate dressed in a bikini or a bow tie, there’s plenty of parties happening.
Here’s where to celebrate the royal wedding in Dubai.
At Jumeirah Al Qasr, you’ll find a traditional Afternoon Tea spread on offer in celebration of the Royal Wedding. Expect miniature wedding cakes on top of a typically British tea spread while you watch the wedding live on sixty-inch screens.
Al Fayrooz, Jumeirah Al Qasr, 2pm to 6pm, Saturday May 19, Dhs240 food only, Dhs345 including a glass of champagne. Tel: (04) 432 3232. jumeirah.com
Living up to Dubai’s ideas of a street party, Barasti is throwing the ultimate British beach party in honour of the soon-to-be newlyweds. Swap your fascinator for a beach hat and head down to the free-entry beach party which will live-stream the wedding coverage as well as putting on a Brit-style brunch and live entertainment to keep you royally entertained.
Barasti Beach, Le Meridien Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort and Marina, 11am to 3am, Saturday May 19, free. Tel:(04) 318 1313 barastibeach.com
BiCE at Hilton Dubai Jumeirah is hosting a fancy Saturday brunch in honour of the Royal Wedding. Attendees are encouraged to wear their finest wedding worthy attire from tailored tuxedos to elegant dresses to watch the wedding on the big screens, while enjoying a three-course British themed set menu alongside free flowing beverages.
BiCE Ristorante, Hilton Dubai Jumeirah, 2.30pm to 6pm, Saturday May 19, Dhs450. Tel: (056) 188 2766. Facebook.com/BiCEdubai
Bread Street Kitchen
Gordon Ramsay’s Bread Street Kitchen & Bar, located at Atlantis, The Palm is offering well-wishers the ultimate Royal Wedding brunch experience. Taking place on Saturday May 19 from 1pm to 5pm, the celebration will include a live broadcast of the build up and wedding ceremony itself, a wide selection of classic British fayre, wedding cake and beverages designed and created by the British restaurant to mark the occasion.
Bread Street Kitchen, Atlantis The Palm, 1pm to 5pm, Saturday May 19, Dhs240 soft, Dhs449 sparkling. Tel: (04) 426 2626. atlantisthepalm.com
Enjoy the wedding of the year with a lavish celebratory brunch at Dukes Great British restaurant, with prizes on offer for the best dressed guests. It will be followed by a live screening at the St. James Suite.
Dukes Dubai, The Palm, 1pm to 5pm, Saturday May 19, Dhs320 house, Dhs400 sparkling. Tel: (04) 455 1111. More info on website
On Saturday May 19, guests can enjoy the Royal Brunch at Business Bay pub Eloquent Elephant. There will be a selection of signature pub specials, free flowing house beverages, a lemon infused wedding cake and prizes for the best dressed man and woman.
Eloquent Elephant, Taj Dubai, 1pm to 4pm, Saturday May 19, Dhs199. Tel: (04) 438 3131. Tajhotels.com
Emirates Golf Club
There’s set to be a special Royal Wedding Brunch at the Emirates Central, Emirates Golf Club this Saturday May 19. Sharing starters include a range of sandwiches, garden salads and hot snacks, followed by a choice of traditional British main course. It’s finished off with a selection of desserts, including profiteroles, apple pie, banoffee pie, cheesecake, trifle and tarte au citron. Prizes will be given for best dressed.
Emirates Central, Emirates Golf Club, 1.30pm to 5pm, Saturday May 19, Dhs299 soft Dhs415 house, Dhs475 sparkling, Dhs685 champagne. Tel: (04) 417 9999. dubaigolf.com
It might not be quite like a British street party, but Geales are hoping to bring the next best thing with their Royal Brunch on Saturday May 19. Expect a buffet of traditional British dishes such as chicken liver pate, prawn cocktail, roast beef and chicken pie, served up alongside an array of family-friendly entertainment and a live stream of the wedding.
Geales, Le Royal Meridien, 12.30pm to 4pm, Saturday May 19, Dhs290 soft, Dhs440 house. Tel: (04) 316 5550. geales-dubai.com
Going down the traditional route, Maison Mathis in the Arabian Ranches will be serving up a Royal Beef Wellington on the afternoon of the wedding. Tuck in to an oxtail consommé, beef Wellington with premium sides and a complimentary slice of wedding cake for Dhs199 while watching the live coverage. . It’ll be happy hour from 12pm to 5pm.
Maison Mathis, Arabian Ranches, 12pm to 5pm, Saturday May 19, Dhs199 food only. Tel: (04) 450 1313. mm-argc.com
One for the boys, McGettigan’s JBR, is hosting the unofficial stag do for Prince Harry this Thursday May 10. There will be a live screening of the Manchester United taking on West Ham in the Premiere league, and the best dressed Prince Harry look-alike will walk away with a top prize.
McGettigans JBR, Hilton Dubai Jumeirah, Thursday May 10, free entry. Tel: (04) 318 2580. mcgettigans.com
On Saturday May 19, McGettigans will host a Royal Wedding themed brunch from noon to 4pm for Dhs249 per person for unlimited house drinks, buffet and a la carte menu. The venue will show live coverage of the festivities from noon; with the ceremony being aired at 3pm. Guests are encouraged to dress in their best threads – with prizes to be won for best dressed man, woman and group.
McGettigan’s JLT, Cluster J, Jumeirah Lakes Towers, 12pm to 4pm, Saturday May 19, Dhs249. Tel: (04) 378 0800. mcgettigans.com/jlt
Overlooking the Address Montgomerie Golf Course, it’s a leafy setting for the regal-themed Saturday brunch at Nineteen on May 19. As well as screening the royal wedding live, there will be British inspired dishes and unlimited drinks served over a three hour package.
Nineteen, Address Montgomerie, Emirates Hills, 12.30pm to 3.30pm, Saturday May 19, Dhs265 soft, Dhs360 house, Dhs490 sparkling. Tel: (04) 438 8888. Facebook.com/AddressMontgomerie
Perry & Blackwelder
Souk Madinat smokehouse might not be your first thought for a Royal Wedding celebration, but that won’t stop this lively spot from throwing a Royal Wedding Brunch. Expect a British-meets-BBQ menu of banquet classics with a few BBQ twists, free flowing pimms, wine, gin and tonics and house spirits. There’s a dress code of ‘something old, borrowed or blue.
Perry & Blackwelder, Souk Madinat, 1pm to 4pm, Saturday May 19, Dhs395 house, Dhs525 sparkling. Tel: (04) 432 3232. Perryandblackwelder.com
It’s a dress-to-impress invite to the Saturday brunch at Reform in The Lakes in honour of the Royal Wedding on May 19. As well as themed British bites and beverages, there will be prizes for the best dressed guests.
Reform, The Lakes, 1pm to 5pm, Saturday May 19, Dhs250 soft, Dhs325 house, Dhs400 sparkling. Tel: (04) 454 2638. reformsocialgrill.ae
Ritz Carlton Dubai
The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai invites residents for a weekend of regal celebrations to celebrate the Royal wedding. On Friday, their ever-popular London Social brunch is getting a regal makeover complete with themed food stations, table décor reminiscent of a wedding party, Royal trivia and quiz, a best dressed Lady and Gentlemen competition and a live performance of old and new British tunes. On Saturday, The Lobby Lounge will host a regal afternoon tea, where the live coverage of the nuptials will be shown.
The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai, The Walk, JBR, 1pm to 4pm, Friday brunch Dhs395 soft, Dhs495 house, Dhs590 sparkling, 2pm to 6pm, Saturday afternoon tea, Dhs195 soft, Dhs295 house, Dhs495 sparkling. Tel: (04) 318 6150. ritzcarlton.com
Gary Rhodes has created a luxurious Afternoon Tea for the Royal Wedding on Saturday May 19 at his signature Rhodes W1 restaurant. Highlights on the menu include Coronation chicken sandwiches, lobster cocktail, homemade scones and red berry Eton mess, served up alongside a live screening.
Rhodes W1, Grosvenor House, Dubai Marina, 1.30pm to 6pm, Saturday May 19, Dhs295 soft, Dhs395 house, Dhs495 sparkling. Tel: (04) 317 6000. rw1-dubai.com
The Scene by Simon Rimmer
Not content with just showing coverage from the big day, you’re invited to head down to The Scene for a ‘rehearsal dinner’ as well as the Royal Wedding. The British restaurant will be getting a quintessentially British makeover for the weekend, offering up afternoon tea, a package of five drinks for Dhs175 (including sparkling), a Wellington for two for Dhs249 or a traditional roast dinner for Dhs125. Live coverage will run on Saturday May 19 from 1pm.
The Scene by Simon Rimmer, Pier 7, Dubai Marina, Fri May 18 and Sat May 19. Tel: (04) 4222 328. thescenedubai.com