This is the lobby of the Burj Al Arab. Take a good look at this because it is an (annoyingly but very Dubai) excluuuuuusive view.
We were in Dubai for Christmas and felt pressured to visit the Burj Al Arab. Every single day, there is a mob of people outside the gates of the Burj taking selfies with the sailboat hotel. It is the world’s only 7-star hotel. No one is allowed past the gates unless you live there or have reservations at one of the restaurants. The cheapest option to gain access is to book a seat at the Skyview Bar, which has a minimum of $75 per person. My brother is under 21 so that wasn’t an option for us. The second cheapest option is to have afternoon tea, which is $115 per person around the holidays. Dinner at one of the restaurants is about $300 to $500 per person. We were going to have dinner to fully experience the hotel but I found out that the food quality is sub par. One of my biggest pet peeves is paying for bad food so vetoed the option. Tea is what we ended up going for!
The first of six courses, not including the champagne, date juice, coffee, tea, or petit fours, was the Berry Tart. I came kind of expecting the food to suck, which may be why I was so pleasantly surprised. The tart came on a light, crisp base with a thin layer of whipped cream and fresh berries. It was delicious.
Those of us over 21 had champagne, while my brother had sparkling date juice. The date juice was disappointing because it just tasted like apple cider. I was hoping for something more Arabian. Continue reading Burj Al Arab: Afternoon Tea (aka. a ticket to see the hotel)