There are a lot of places in the world that offer a luxurious afternoon tea experience. But I didn\u2019t know that one of the most opulent and luxurious afternoon teas in the world is offered by the Burj Al Arab in Dubai. It seems like it would be a once in a lifetime indulgence and it\u2019s something I\u2019m definitely going to add to my bucket list!\n\nHow much does afternoon tea cost at the Burj Al Arab? Afternoon tea at the Burj Al Arab will cost between 550 and 1030 AED for adults and between 275 and 315 AED for children. This translates to between approximately 150 and 280 USD for adults and 75 and 85 USD for children.\n\nThere are actually two different places to have afternoon tea at the Burj Al Arab: the Skyview Bar or the Sahn Eddar restaurant. The prices are dependent on the venue of your tea, as well as on where you sit in the restaurant, and on what kind of champagne you get with your tea. It\u2019s worth doing some research to make sure that you can get the exact experience that you want. I spent some time looking around online and I found out about all sorts of interesting things\u2026like what exactly you\u2019ll get to eat during this fancy tea!\nAn Afternoon Tea Experience at the Burj Al Arab\nThe experience will vary slightly between the two restaurants, but you can rest assured that an afternoon tea in either location will be a perfect representation of the extravagance and opulence that has become synonymous with Dubai itself. You will feel like a movie star, a celebrity, and royalty all at once!\n\nFirst things first you need to make a reservation and secure yourself a spot. Afternoon tea at the Burj Al Arab is a popular tourist activity and certain timeslots quickly become unavailable. More about this coming up in the next section of the article.\n\nWhen you arrive at the Burj Al Arab (if you\u2019re not planning to stay at the hotel) you might want to give yourself some extra time so that you can fully take in the grandeur of the hotel lobby. However, you\u2019ll likely find yourself surrounded by dozens of tourists as anyone is allowed to enter the lobby to take a look around.\n\nBut once you head to the restaurant, the crowds will dissipate, and you\u2019ll find yourself among a select few guests who are there to share the same exclusive experience as you are.\n\nAt the Skyview Bar you will have about 2 hours time to sit and enjoy the atmosphere, your delicious food and drinks, and the unbeatable view. After your time is up, you will be (politely) asked to give up your table for the next occupants. At Sahn Eddar restaurant your time frame is slightly more relaxed.\n\nAt both restaurants the program is essentially the same. You\u2019ll start with a glass of Champagne, or the non-alcoholic beverage option, which will be followed by multiple courses of food and drink. It\u2019s not out of the ordinary to have two or three coffee\/tea beverages over the duration of the tea.\n\nYou\u2019ll have your choice of coffees \u2013 caf\u00e9 lattes, espressos, iced coffees and more are available. The tea list is also extensive and features options such as green tea, oolong tea, decaf tea, and tens of other specialty options.\n\nAs far as food goes, you\u2019ll get to enjoy several courses of sweet and savoury snacks. And you\u2019ll have the option to purchase additional courses if you are still hungry, but I don\u2019t think many people choose to do so as the food you eat will be beyond decadent!\nTea Reservations at the Burj Al Arab\nIn order to go for tea at the Burj Al Arab you\u2019re going to have to make a reservation. You can\u2019t just walk in off the street and expect to get a table. You can make reservations a few different ways:\n\n \tVia email: BAArestaurants@jumeirah.com\n \tBy phone: +97143017600\n \tThe online booking platform on the restaurant website\n\nSkyview Bar: https:\/\/www.jumeirah.com\/en\/hotels-resorts\/dubai\/burj-al-arab\/restaurant-at-burj-al-arab\/skyview-bar\/\nSahn Eddar Restaurant: https:\/\/www.jumeirah.com\/en\/hotels-resorts\/dubai\/burj-al-arab\/restaurant-at-burj-al-arab\/sahn-eddar\/\n\nYou\u2019re also definitely going to want to make sure that you book your tea quite a while in advance. Some people will book 6 months or more in advance in order to snag that special date! Generally, a couple weeks or days in advance should be enough to guarantee yourself a spot if you\u2019re not picky about where exactly you sit.\n\nYou also have certain timeslots during which you can book your tea and they are different for the Skyview Bar and the Sahn Eddar restaurant.\nThe options for timeslots at the Skyview Bar are:\n\n \tFirst Seating: from 13:00 (1:00 PM) to 15:00 (3:00 PM) \u2013 Window seating\n \tFirst Seating: from 13:15 (1:15 PM) to 15:15 (3:15 PM) \u2013 Non-window seating\n \tSecond Seating: from 16:00 (4:00 PM) to 18:00 (6:00 PM) \u2013 Window seating\n \tSecond Seating: from 16:15 (4:15 PM) to 18:15 (6:15 PM) \u2013 Non-window seating\n \tReserve a specific table: 15:00 \u2013 Window seating\n \tReserve a specific table: 15:15 \u2013 Non-window seating\n\nPre-payment is actually required for afternoon tea at the Skyview Bar. This ensures that your booking will be confirmed. Your reservation guarantees your entrance to the Skyview Bar and ensures that you will have a table on your desired date.\n\nHowever, if you want to reserve a SPECIFC table then your time slots will be as shown above. Either way, you\u2019ll have to plan ahead and make your booking\/payment in advance.\n\nThe price options for the Skyview Bar are as follows:\n\n \tAED 635 (approx. 170 USD) per person\n \tAdd AED 100 (approx. 25 USD) per table for window seating\n \tAdd AED 295 (approx. 80 USD) for upgrade to Dom Perignon champagne\n\nThe time slots for Sahn Eddar restaurant are:\n\n \t13:00 (1:00 PM) to 17:00 (5:00 PM)\n\nThe reservation process at Sahn Eddar is a little bit less rigid but you will still need to pay and make a booking in advance! When you book at Sahn Eddar you will be given the following options:\n\n \tBurj Al Arab afternoon tea \u2013 Children (AED 275\/75 USD)\n \tBurj Al Arab afternoon tea \u2013 Non-alchoholic (AED 550\/150 USD)\n \tBurj Al Arab afternoon tea \u2013 Alcoholic (AED 635\/170 USD)\n\nAt both restaurants you are asked to designate whether you have any dietary requirements or whether you are celebrating some sort of special occasion. The restaurants are very accommodating to nearly any type of dietary requirement you can think of such as dairy-free, kosher, gluten-free, various food allergies, and the list goes on.\n\nThey are equally accommodating when it comes to special occasions such as birthdays, anniversaries, engagements, and more! How great is it that they will go through the effort to make this beautiful afternoon even a little bit extra special?\nWhat\u2019s the difference between the Skyview Bar and Sahn Eddar restaurant?\nYour tea experience will be different depending on your location. You\u2019re going to get the feeling of opulence and luxury no matter which location you choose, but here\u2019s a break down of what you can expect from both places.\n\nThe Skyview Bar is going to give you the views \u2013 which might have been obvious to you given the name. But seriously, the awesomeness of these views cannot be over-emphasized. In order to get full advantage of those views you\u2019re probably going to want to guarantee yourself a window seat, which, unfortunately, will end up costing you an extra 100 AED (about 25 USD) per table.\n\nIt\u2019s up to you whether you think the window seat is worth the dough. I mean, you\u2019re likely only going to be there once, so why not splurge? Your table with a view will overlook the Perisan gulf and depending on where you sit you might also have a view of the coastline, the Palm Jumeirah island, the Dubai marina, the World Islands, and the Dubai skyline.\n\nNot to worry if you don\u2019t feel like spending the money though. The views you\u2019ll get in the elevator on your way up to the Skyview Bar are fantastic as well! Once you get to the restaurant you might be too busy admiring the interior d\u00e9cor and enjoying delicious foods to look out the window anyways.\n\nSahn Eddar is perhaps the slightly more laid-back option. It\u2019s on the 1st floor of the hotel, whereas the Skyview Bar is on the 27th floor over 200m up in the sky. But, at Sahn Eddar you will have a different type of view. The restaurant actually overlooks the hotel\u2019s atrium, which also just happens to be the world\u2019s tallest atrium. You\u2019ll get a feel for the unique architecture of the building and the mosaics and fountains that surround you will be sure to blow you away!\nWhat if I want to bring my children to afternoon tea?\nAny child would love the experience of being treated just like a princess\/prince. It\u2019s sure to be a memory they\u2019ll carry with them and cherish for a lifetime! But, sometimes it\u2019s difficult for kids to behave as they should in a fancy setting such as this one \u2013 which is why there are a few guidelines concerning children and afternoon tea at the Burj Al Arab.\n\nAfternoon tea at the Skyview Bar is only for children who are 8 years old and above.\n\nOn the other hand, children of all ages are more than welcome at the Sahn Eddar restaurant. Children 3 and under will eat free of charge, children 4-11 will receive a discounted rate, and children 12 and up will pay the adult rate.\nWhat am I going to eat and drink?\nWhether you choose to have your tea at the Skyview Bar or Sahn Eddar you will get an amazing array of delicious treats, coffee brewed to perfection, and glasses of bubbly that will make your eyes sparkle. The menu is essentially the same at both locations with just a few location-specific options. I don\u2019t want to ruin the surprise for you, but here is a glimpse of what you can expect!\n\nSkyview Bar and Sahn Eddar restaurant menu sneak peek:\n\n \tSelection of specialty teas and coffees\n \tDelicate sandwiches\n \tFresh pastries, cakes, and scones with home-made jam and clotted cream\n \tCaviar\n \tSelection of finger sandwiches\n \tMignardises\n \tChoice between a glass of Champagne or a glass of Gold Emotion and soft beverages (see following section)\n \tAnd More!\n\nIf you absolutely MUST know what exactly you\u2019ll be eating, the afternoon tea menus for both restaurants are available online on the respective restaurant web pages.\nThe Champagne\nAt the Skyview Bar:\nOne reason that there is such a big range in price for tea at the Burj Al Arab is that the afternoon tea comes with champagne \u2013 but the price of the tea as a whole depends on which champagne you order. The standard choice is a glass of Louis Roederer Brut Non-Vintage. But if you are celebrating an extra-special occasion or just feel like upgrading, you can pay more to get a glass of Dom Perignon instead.\n\n \t Price per person with Louis Roederer Brut Non-Vintage champagne: AED 635 (approx. 170 USD)\n \tPrice per person with Dom Perignon champagne: AED 930 (approx. 250 USD)\n\nA side note on why Dom Perignon is so much more expensive:\n\nDom Perignon is a vintage champagne. A vintage wine (or champagne) is made from grapes that are harvested all in the same year and they are not produced in weak years. This means that Dom Perignon is not produced every year. This \u2013 along with it\u2019s prestigious reputation \u2013 significantly drives up the price of the champagne.\n\nAt Sahn Eddar:\n\n \tPrice per person with Louis Roederer Brut Non-Vintage Champagne: AED 635 (approx. 170 USD)\n \tPrice per person with Gold Emotion\/soft drink option: AED 550 (approx. 150 USD)\n\nWhat is Gold Emotion?\n\nWhen I read about Gold Emotion my first thought was \u201cwhat in the world is that?\u201d It sounds swanky, but I want to know what I\u2019ll be getting before I give up my glass of champagne for it. Turns out it is exactly as swanky as it sounds. Gold Emotion is a non-alcoholic drink that consists of sparkling apple juice and 24K food-grade gold flakes. No big deal! A bottle of Gold Emotion costs about 50 USD and is the non-alcoholic drink option at Sahn Eddar.\nWhat should I wear for afternoon tea at the Burj Al Arab?\nThis is definitely a question worth asking as you don\u2019t want to feel out of place or underdressed during your afternoon tea! There is a dress code for restaurant guests which is described on the hotel website as \u201csmart elegant\u201d for the Skyview Bar and \u201csmart casual\u201d for Sahn Eddar.\n\nSmart elegant means that men should wear collared dress shirts, long trousers, and closed toe shoes. Smart casual means that men can wear a nice short sleeved shirt such as a polo shirt, jeans, tailored shorts, and closed toed shoes.\n\nWomen may wear open toed shoes, but their clothing should not be overly revealing, such as a super short skirt or low-cut top. As long as you keep it classy, you should be fine! And who doesn\u2019t love a good excuse to dress up once in a while?\nWhat makes the Burj Al Arab so special?\nThe Burj Al Arab is a world renowned 5-star hotel in Dubai. There are various reasons why this hotel is special. The architecture is exceptional, and you\u2019ll be amazed by both the interior and exterior of the building. The Burj Al Arab is sometimes referred to as the world\u2019s only 7-star hotel (even though this isn\u2019t actually a real designation).\n\nAs soon as you walk into the hotel the over-the-top opulence smacks you right in the face. For example, one of the first things you\u2019ll see is a huge, multi-level fountain. It\u2019s also built on the Palm Jumeirah, which is a feat of engineering and construction in and of itself. The Palms are enormous man-made islands that are roughly the shape of palm fronds and have been subject of international attention for years.\nDos and don\u2019ts for afternoon tea at the Burj Al Arab\n\n \tDo arrive early! You don\u2019t want to slide in at the last minute feeling stressed\n \tDon\u2019t be late! You are only guaranteed a certain amount of time and if you are late you probably won\u2019t be granted any extra time at the end as your table is likely going to filled by another reservation as soon as you leave\n \tDo confirm that you can bring your children. You can definitely bring your child(ren) to the high tea at Sahn Eddar, but the Skyview Bar only accepts children who are 8 years old and above\n \tDo follow the restaurant dress code\n \tDon\u2019t wear revealing, sheer or otherwise inappropriate clothing. And definitely no exercise or work-out wear!\n \tDo your research and make sure to book your afternoon tea time far in advance\n \tDon\u2019t show up unannounced expecting to get a table\n\nAm I paying way too much money for this?\nIf you\u2019re struggling to find a way to justify spending this amount of money on afternoon tea, here are a few points of comparison. Afternoon tea is by definition decadent, over the top, and bourgeois, it\u2019s going to cost a pretty penny no matter where you go, but it will surely be an experience of a lifetime!\n\n \t Afternoon Tea at the Baccarat Hotel, New York, USA: up to 700 USD (tea for two)\n \tAfternoon Tea at the Dorchester Hotel, London, England: \u00a365-\u00a375 (approx. 80-100 USD) per person\n \tHigh Tea at the Empress Hotel, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada: up to 122 CAD (approx. 93 USD) per person\n\nReferences:\nAfternoon Tea in Dubai - Sahn Eddar Restaurant: Burj Al Arab. (n.d.). Retrieved from https:\/\/www.jumeirah.com\/en\/hotels-resorts\/dubai\/burj-al-arab\/restaurant-at-burj-al-arab\/sahn-eddar\/.\n\n(2019, March 16). Review: Afternoon Tea At Skyview Bar Burj Al Arab. Retrieved from https:\/\/onemileatatime.com\/review-afternoon-tea-at-skyview-bar-burj-al-arab\/.\n\nDom P\u00e9rignon. (2019, October 18). Retrieved from https:\/\/en.wikipedia.org\/wiki\/Dom_P\u00e9rignon.\n\nSkyview Bar & Restaurant - Cocktail Bar in Dubai: Burj Al Arab, Jumeirah. (n.d.). Retrieved from https:\/\/www.jumeirah.com\/en\/hotels-resorts\/dubai\/burj-al-arab\/restaurant-at-burj-al-arab\/skyview-bar\/.