Make the most of the great outdoors with one of these alfresco picnic brunches…

The winter months seem to fly by and before we know it, temperatures will soon be soaring. If you want to enjoy a brunch from the comfort of a blanket or a beanbag, make sure you check out one of these popular picnics.

The nature brunch: Bab Al Shams

Head to the desert and immerse yourself in nature for a spot of lunch in the elements. Complete with traditional picnic blanket and hamper filled with appetisers including cold cuts, cheeses and salad. This family-friendly brunch also offers a buffet, interactive cooking stations, live guitarist and children’s entertainment to make it a fun-filled afternoon activity.

Al Forsan, Bab Al Shams Desert Resort and Spa, 1pm to 4pm every Saturday, Dhs190 per person, Dhs95 children 5 to 12, under 5s free. Tel: (04)

The family barbecue: Address Montgomerie

Address Montgomerie are hosting a one-off family brunch barbecue to help you make the most of the winter sun. There’s plenty of entertainment while you enjoy grilled bites; with everything from a bouncy castle to keep the little ones occupied to live music setting the chilled vibe.

The Lawns, Address Montgomerie, 12.30pm to 3.30pm, Saturday February 23, Dhs290 soft, Dhs380 house, Dhs490 sparkling, Dhs150 children 6 to 11, under 6s free. Tel: (04) 432 3232.

The garden market: Raffles

The family-friendly Market Brunch at Raffles Garden offers live cooking stations from around the world including BBQ, Arabic, Mediterranean and Asian dishes. The lush greenery spans over 1,500 square metres, so there’s plenty of space to relax and enjoy a break from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Raffles Garden, Raffles Dubai, Friday February 22, March 15 and April 19, Dhs220 soft, Dhs385 house. Tel:(04) 3248888. 

The picnic with a pool: Crowne Plaza

Build your own picnic from a huge selection of dishes from Crowne Plaza’s pantry with this unique brunch offering. Take a dip in the pool or listen to the live line-up of entertainment throughout the afternoon and relax as you feast on your finds.

Crowne Plaza, Dubai Festival City, 12:30pm to 4pm every Friday, Dhs245 soft, Dhs345 house, under 12s free. Tel: (04) 7011127.

The urban fiesta: Vida Downtown

Head poolside at Vida Downtown for The Urban Picnic, complete with live cooking stations, barbecue and interactive themed games, including a piñata. Guests can pile up their picnic basket with gourmet goodies from the salad bar, cheese table or sandwich counter, which they can take back to their table or cabana.

3in1, Vida Downtown, Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard, 1pm to 5pm, Fridays, Dhs295 soft, Dhs395 house. Tel: (04) 888 3444.

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