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World’s highest restaurant opens in Dubai

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: Those suffering vertigo might not muster the strength to experience dining at the UAE’s new 400-metres above ground restaurant — the world’s highest, which opened on Sunday (January 23) in Dubai. Over 400 balloons were released into the air to mark the opening of Atmosphere, located at the world’s tallest tower Burj Khalifa, as the restaurant announced it was open for business.

Atmosphere’s designer, Adam Tihany, said the interior was designed to take customers on a journey, like a “luxury yacht in the sky”. “This is you taking almost a space trip but you are sitting on something that it very grounded,” Tihany said.

Located on the 122nd floor, the restaurant has a 180 degree view of the Dubai skyline, visible through floor-to-ceiling windows giving a floating sensation to those who choose to sit on the edge. But designing a restaurant at such high altitude was not with its challenges.

“Some people were a bit apprehensive about…would people be comfortable at that altitude, would it feel a little strange, you know, how does that affect you? So my desire was to create a very beautiful and almost like a cave-like space that when you are up here, you feel safe, you feel elegant and luxurious, you feel sexy, you feel just like right, you know that the space itself supports the whole idea of the view not fights it,” Tihany said.

Meanwhile, the executive chef at Atmosphere, Dwayne Cheer, said the menu was not fine dining, as might be expected of a restaurant that shares the same building as the Armani hotel and luxury residence of Burj Khalifa, but said it was “simple food done well”.

“The menu is seasonal, its contemporary, we use sustainable sea food and I think our source is the base, it’s all about the base, if the base is done well then you can’t fail and of course if you sit and have a beautiful view and a romantic dinner then everything else should fall into place,” added Cheer, who is from New Zealand. The average price for a starter at Atmosphere is around 50 USD while a main course will set guests back more than 90 USD.-Reuters

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