DoubleTree by Hilton resort and Spa Marjan Island, Ras Al Khaimah

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We can’t think of a place more ideal to be cast away on than at the Islander’s Brunch – smoky BBQ ribs, food stations serving up fresh oysters, sushi, nigiri, live pasta, cold cuts, and over 30 fine cheeses are just a few items from the colossal spread that also includes healthy vegetarian options and decadent deserts like fried ice cream. Resident band The Firm will set the mood with classic rock anthems and brunch-goers can carry on the revelries post-lunch at Anchor bar. From 1pm-4pm, packages start from Dh234 per person and include deals on watersports for an additional Dh100. Call 07 203 0104 or email us at f&breservations.marjan@hilton.com.

[10 last-minute staycations for the long UAE National Day holiday]

Tasca, Mandarin Oriental Jumeira

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Tuck into the city’s first Portuguese brunch at the chic new eatery by renowned Portuguese chef José Avillez. The glamorous spot brings the sun-drenched languor of the Algarve against the seascape of Jumeirah both in terms of ambience and flavour. You’ll discover a smorgasbord of Iberian staples, such as salad a la Algarvia, fish rice, grilled meats, as well as creamy desserts such as hazelnut ice-cream, while soaking up some sun and vibrant live music. From Dh300 per person. From 12.30pm-4pm; call 04 777 2231.

Bacchanal, Caesars Resort Bluewaters

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Massive feasts are the wheelhouse of this buffet-only restaurant that’s inspired by the legendary Bacchanal buffets of the Caesars hotel in Las Vegas. And in true bacchanalian spirit, their FamilyFest buffet is a festival for the entire family to revel in, with superhero meet and greets for kids, gaming stations, cooking classes and open kitchens serving delicacies such as grilled meats, smoked Scottish salmon and authentic Arabic dishes. From 1pm-5pm; from Dh300 per person. Call 04 556 6466 or email dine@caesarsdubai.ae.

Noépe, Park Hyatt Dubai

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Coastal holidays sound great but we’d rather stay put in one place and cruise through the delicious Lobster Bake brunch being served every Friday at this nautical-themed eatery with a creekside view of luxury yachts. You’ll have a choice of three dishes from the shellfish menu and lobster to share – the menu includes scrummy Cioppino Soup, Lobster Cobb Salad, Crispy Canadian Lobster with wasabi mayo and Lobster Roll with brioche bread. Dessert is lobster-free but nonetheless mouth-watering: strawberry mille-feuilles, dark brownies and apple crumble. Packages start from Dh350 per person; from 12.30pm-4pm. Call 04 602 1814.

West 14th Steakhouse, Dukes Dubai

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Brunch steps out on to the poolside terrace at the West 14th’s new Friday brunch concept. The laid-back international spread sees guests get complimentary access to the beach and infinity pool as well as a kids’ buffet option for tots. The brunch also boasts an impressive pastry section, and live DJ sets. From 12.30pm-4pm; Dh250 per person. Call 04 455 1101, email dining.dubai@dukeshotel.com.

Liwan Restaurant, Swissotel Al Ghurair

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Unleash your inner child and your kids’ unbridled energy at The Play House brunch. Games such as giant Jenga, cooking classes, magic and bubble shows, face painting and much more will entertain the entire family. Kids will be wowed with pizza, a mini burger station, ice lollipops and a Mocktlicious cart that will prepare fresh fruit juices. Parents can savour healthy treats such as Vietnamese Spring Rolls and homemade dimsums, Arabian specialties, Asian food stations and more. Dh160 per person, children between ages six and 12 pay Dh80 and entry is free for kids aged five and under. From 12.30pm-4pm; call 04 293 3270 or email FoodandBeverage.AlGhurair@swissotel.com.

BQ French Kitchen & Bar, Habtoor Palace Dubai, LXR Hotels & Resorts

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Add some je ne sais quoi to your weekends at the chic French eatery’s En Blanc brunch. Dress up in your whitest whites for a colourful four hours of scrumptious French cuisine in a dining room designed to replicate Versailles’ airy ballrooms. The sharing-style brunch includes three courses of signature French dishes such as Terrine de volaille et foie gras et pickles de legumes (chicken and duck liver terrine), Joue de boeuf a la Bourguignonne (beef bourguignon), and classic desserts such as pain perdu. Dh350 per person, call 04 435 5577 or email dining@hiltonalhabtoorcity.com.

Coya, Four Seasons, Abu Dhabi

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The Peruvian restaurant at Four Seasons at The Galleria on Al Maryah Island has a Coya Brunch every Friday. The gourmet celebrations kick off at the restaurant’s Pisco Bar and Lounge followed by meals served at the table, and for those who like a little walkabout during their brunches, there are ceviche and salad stations, and a wide variety of desserts of which the churros rule the roost. From Dh238 per person, 12.20pm-4pm; call 02 306 7000 or email reservations.ad@coyarestaurant.ae.

Beau Rivage Bistro, Grand Millennium Business Bay

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The European-inspired bistro is serving up a home-cooked style buffet featuring pasta, grilled meat, crepe and waffles, healthy salads, pizza – you get it, all the good stuff. There’s also a kids’ play area at the swanky new restaurant overlooking the Dubai Canal, so you’re free to enjoy the live entertainment without having to worry about the little ones. From 12.30pm-4pm, Dh235 per person. Call 04 873 3334 or email beaurivage.gmbb@millenniumhotels.com.

Accents Restaurant, Intercontinental Hotel Dubai Marina

The restaurant turns into a thumping party place once the We Brunch kicks off on Friday afternoons. Featuring international cuisine and great music, the party brunch ups the ante with slow jam RnB, Hip Hop and funky Motown classics. From 1pm-4pm; from Dh325 per person. Call 052 798 7292, email contact@webrunchdxb.com.