By Staff writer
The wedding of the year kicks off at 2pm UAE time: here’s our pick of the best venues to catch all the action
The wedding of the year kicks off at 2pm UAE time: here’s our pick of the best venues in Dubai and Abu Dhabi to catch all the action. For full wedding timings, click here.
Royal Raffles Roast: In celebration of the royal wedding, Raffles Dubai will be transformed into a traditional British street party with bunting, themed table coverings, juicy servings of roast beef and prizes for the best-dressed guests. Festivities will take place across all the Raffles venues – Azur, Crossroads Cocktail Bar and Raffles Botanical Gardens – and there’ll be a special five-tier wedding cake for guests to sample.
AED300 (soft drinks); AED450 (selected house beverages). 11am onwards. Raffles Dubai, Oud Metha, firstname.lastname@example.org (04 324 8888).
Courtyard by Marriott, Dubai Green Community
Anglophiles can celebrate the ceremony in style with the most quintessential of English experiences. Guests can enjoy pastries, scones and finger sandwiches served in the ballroom, accompanied by a glass of sparkling grape, as they watch the live broadcast of the royal wedding on screens streaming the happy occasion throughout the day.
Hilton Dubai Jumeirah
Watch the celebrations on the big screen in Axis Lobby Lounge, where tea options include The Queen’s Traditional Afternoon Tea (cucumber, sandwiches, butter scones with fresh home-made jams); Princess Bea’s Chocolate AfternoonTea (chocolate-chip scones and chocolate cake); Royal Corgis Afternoon Treats (chicken drummers, vegetable samosas, dips ’n’ chips); and The Prince Harry (chunky sandwiches, a slab of cake and a pint).
From AED75. Noon onwards. Hilton Dubai Jumeirah, The Walk at JBR (04 399 1111).
Barasti, Le Méridien Mina Seyahi
The popular Dubai beach bar will be screening the royal wedding on a huge LED screen, and celebrations start at 11am with classic British food and drinks, party games, flags and more.
Free entry. 11am-3am. Barasti, Le Méridien Mina Seyahi (04 399 3333).
Atlantis, Palm Jumeirah
Kick off wedding celebrations in regal style with Seafire’s British lunch. Guests can watch the ceremony while feasting on traditional Brit offerings, such as ploughman’s platters, smoked salmon or potted shrimp. Then there’s roast beef, roast potatoes, glazed root vegetables and Yorkshire pudding, or hearty lamb shank with mint jus. Enjoy a sweet ending with the selection of typical English desserts, ranging from sticky toffee pudding with toffee sauce and vanilla ice cream, Eton Mess (meringue with strawberry compote) or treacle tart with clotted cream.
AED195 per person. Noon-5pm. Seafire, Atlantis, The Palm Jumeirah (04 426 0000).
Harvester’s, Crowne Plaza Dubai
In celebration of Kate and William’s marriage, Harvester’s is putting on a huge royal spread: a classic British menu featuring steak and kidney pie, cucumber sandwiches, strawberries and cream, and plenty of traditional English summertime drinks.
Free entry. All day. Harvester’s, Crowne Plaza Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road, Fnbrestaurants@cpdxb.com (800 276 963).
Arabian Courtyard Hotel & Spa
This promises to be a more raucous celebration than most. Featuring a menu Her Majesty would be proud of, there’ll be Brit classics such as pie and mash, apple crumble and plenty of deals on traditional British drinks. The wedding will be screened on the bar’s four flatscreen TVs and there’ll be prizes to be won on the day.
Free entry. Noon-5pm. Arabian Courtyard Hotel & Spa, Bur Dubai, www.arabiancourtyard.com (04 351 9111).
Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club
Tickets for the polo match in the afternoon may be sold out, but there’s still a chance to celebrate by dancing to the best of British tunes at Dubai Polo Club from 6.30pm onwards. The DJ will be playing everything from the Beatles to The Clash and Take That to Oasis, and there will be a barbecue where royalist revellers can refuel in between tracks.
Dhs50 per person. 6.30pm onwards. Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club, www.dubaireunited.com (04 361 8111).
Abu Dhabi Golf Club
The golf course is putting on a special celebration and f=guests can watch the big event and continuously charge your glass to the lovely couple with some free flowing beverages, while listening to some classic famous British tunes.
AED265 per person. Abu Dhabi Golf Club, (02 558 8990) www.adgolfclub.com
The Club in Mina Port
The club will be hosting two rival regal-themed bashes. Firstly, the St David's Society & Royal Society of St George is organising special brunch from 1pm-6.30pm, costing Dhs145 per person. This promises to be almost as classy a do as the actual nuptial ceremonies at Westminster Abbey in London, with a strict formal dress code - so fellas, time to get your suit dry- cleaned, and ladies, dust off you best hat. Also, The Restaurant eatery at The Club will be decked out in Union Jack bunting and flags for an authentic street party. Expect British-style finger foods and drinks, and probably more than a few choruses of ‘God Save the Queen'.
This family-friendly event runs from noon-5pm, and tickets cost AED80 for members and AED100 for non-members. Call (02) 673 1111
Yas Marina & Yacht Club
The boating fraternity can watch the wedding live in the Stars 'n' Bars sports bar, which will be giving over some of its giant plasma screens to broadcast all the action from the Abbey. Tel: (02) 565 0101 to find out more.
Source: TimeOut Dubai and TimeOut Abu Dhabi