One of the best things about living in an expat-heavy country? Multiple excuses to celebrate the people we love! While the official UAE Mother’s Day fell on Thursday March 21st - along with plenty of other countries in the region including Lebanon, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Jordan - and UK Mother’s Day was also celebrated in the same month (Sunday March 10th), now it's time for round two!

The second go-round for 2024 falls this Sunday, May 12th, as our Indian, Aussie, NZ, US, South African and Filipino friends celebrate the occasion! Make sure you spoil your mum - or send this list to someone so they can treat you to a lovely Mother’s Day breakfast this month! 



This sparkling pink disco ball of a cafe perched on the Yas Bay waterfront is what Instagrammable dreams are made of! Don’t let that fool you into thinking it’s all show and no go - the food is excellent and their cafe display has the power to tempt even the most stuffed diners at the end of a visit! 

Whether you’re a sweet or a savoury breakfaster, EL&N provides the goods: we loved all the egg dishes we tried and the mini pancakes, served in a bowl looking for all the world like Froot Loops with real fruit were a hit with the kids … ok, and the adults! There’s an amazing range of coffees, teas and other yummy concoctions, perfect for a Mother’s Day treat.

Open: Daily | 10AM - 12AM

Contact: 02 883 9395



We love an all day breakfast menu, and Tashas are serving up breakfast favourites until 6PM daily - so you can treat mum to a sleep in AND breakfast! The picture perfect Al Bateen backdrop is also ideal for a wander post-breakfast, and the hustle and bustle of the sunny Marina brings a relaxed holiday vibe. 

No matter how you like your eggs, you’ll find your favourite here, and there are no shortage of alternatives too: think crispy rostis, French toast, their super fresh berry banana split breakfast, sandwiches and quesadillas galore. The interiors wouldn’t be out of place in a lifestyle magazine, with lush plants and stylish touches that strike the right balance of elegant but approachable. Push the boat out and finish with a baked treat from the cloched display on the counter - mum’s choice, of course! 

Open: Monday - Saturday | 8AM-midnight; Sunday | 8AM-11PM

Contact: +971 2 445 0890



Head to Antonia Trattoria in Al Zeina for your weekend fix of the best Italian breakfast items in Abu Dhabi. We loved the cornetti, croissants filled with patisserie cream, pistachio or Nutella, the massive plump bombas and the ciambella, perfect for someone who wants a sweet fix without any filling. 

The egg dishes are also incredible and you can wash all this down with a big pot of Moka or a lovely, creamy cappuccino. This is the ultimate mum spoil!

Open: Saturday - Sunday | 9AM-11PM; Monday - Friday | 12-10.30PM

Contact: 02 667 2554



If you’re keen to have your Mother’s Day breakfast fill you up until dinner, head to White at Jumeirah Saadiyat. With its glorious beachy location and pristine decor, this is a cut above the usual hotel breakfast.

Serving up hot-off-the-press pancakes and waffles as well as Russian pancakes and a ton of great savoury dishes, this one is sure to impress. We love the eggs Bene made to order and the good coffee that comes with it. Perfect for those holiday feels, without leaving the city. 

Open: daily | 6.30-11AM

Contact: 28114342



Heading to ZOE is the best way to treat your mum and not break the bank. Their weekend Rise & Dine unlimited breakfast comes in at AED89, and you get to pick your morning fuel: coffee, tea, and fresh watermelon or orange juice and best of all, filtered water! The menu includes 7 dishes and a variety of sides including avocado toast, a gorgeous Cretan omelette and homemade hash browns amongst many others - don’t miss the pancakes!

The portions are small which allows you to work your way through the entire menu and have seconds, or even thirds, while minimising food waste - dishes are made to order, another nod to a business doing their best to encourage sustainability. It’s a fabulous breakfast offer that ticks all the boxes and leaves change for a nice bunch of mum’s favourite blooms on the way home! 

Open: daily | 12-11PM; Rise & Dine unlimited breakfast is available Saturday - Sunday | 10AM–12:30PM

Contact: 02 886 8286

Rachael Partington