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Dubai: World’s highest restaurant opens in world’s tallest building in Dubai

At.mosphere, envisaged as one of the finest luxury dining and lounge experiences in the world, has opened doors to guests at Burj Khalifa, located in Downtown Dubai, a full-fledged lifestyle destination, described as ‘The Centre of Now.’
The opening of At.mosphere complements the rich roster of lifestyle amenities in Burj Khalifa, feted recently by the Council on Tall Buildings & Urban Habitat (CTBUH) as a ‘Global Icon.’
At 442 metres (1,350 ft) high on Level 122 of Burj Khalifa, only two levels below ‘At the Top, Burj Khalifa,’ the tower’s observatory deck, At.mosphere presents a unique dining concept that appeals to all epicureans – from  fine dining connoisseurs to lounge lovers.  
Integrating two choices - lounge & grill – At.mosphere can host over 210 guests and features a spacious arrival lobby, a main dining floor, private dining rooms and display cooking stations.
Mr Mohamed Alabbar, Chairman, Emaar Properties PJSC, the developer of Burj Khalifa, said: “Burj Khalifa has lived up to its promise of being ‘A Living Wonder.’ The addition of At.mosphere provides guests an unparalleled dining out and lounge experience.”
He added: “Being one of a kind, anywhere in the world, At.mosphere offers a unique restaurant experience. Every aspect of the restaurant has been carefully designed and executed - be it the elegant décor, warm ambience, food choice and service standards. At.mosphere is indeed about offering the best in dining.”
The entrance to the restaurant is through Burj Khalifa’s Corporate Suites lobby with guests exiting the express elevator on Level 123 to face a two-storeyed glass atrium. A flight of cantilevered staircases lead them to the arrival lobby where they can enjoy panoramic views of the city. Casual and friendly staff members greet guests, who can choose from the lounge or the grill.
Exuding style and personality, the grill at At.mosphere, open for lunch from 12.30pm to 3pm and for dinner from 7pm to 11.30pm, is billed as ‘the must visit’ restaurant in the city, on par with the world’s finest. The menu comprises prime cuts of beef, organic poultry and seafood with emphasis on fresh products and healthy, simple cooking – grilled, broiled or baked. The food choice is complemented by an extensive beverage selection.
The open-show kitchen outlet uses the Josper grill oven - a closed BBQ dual oven powered by Binchutan charcoal designed in Spain. The grill, chic and luxurious in design - with calm shades of amethyst and cocoa and rich textures of leather and velvet - can seat 80 and includes a private dining room with a Chef’s Table for 12.
The lounge at At.mosphere transports guests to a new realm. Featuring a dramatic ambience with deeper shades of amethyst and a rich combination of patterned velvets, this is for the young, young at heart and trendy. A round conversational table replaces traditional design concepts highlighting the friendly ambience.
The upscale lounge, with a seating capacity of 135 and a private area for 35, is open from 12pm to 2am, pushing the boundaries of conventional lounges, and serving as an ideal stopover for a mouth-watering light lunch or even an afternoon tea. At night, the mood shifts by opening to glittering views of the city.
Mr Marc Dardenne, Chief Executive Officer, Emaar Hospitality Group, which manages the outlet, said: “At.mosphere is the newest addition to the Lifestyle Dining portfolio of Emaar Hospitality Group. It redefines the restaurant concepts in Dubai, with a choice of two dining concepts and focus on offering a luxury lifestyle experience. At.mosphere will be the must-visit destination for not only high-profile guests who seek the world’s best dining out experience but also for leisure guests, who can unwind in truly exclusive fashion.”
He added: “The highlight of At.mosphere is its emphasis on the highest standards in food quality using only fresh ingredients serving modern eclectic European cuisine with an emphasis on grilled items. A dedicated team of experienced kitchen and service professionals will ensure dignified service, with the highest regard for guest privacy.”
At.mosphere is led by Executive Chef Dwayne Cheer, who brings in over 13 years of international experience working in Michelin star restaurants; and Director of Operations Gabriele Babini with 20 years experience in Las Vegas, Canada and Italy.
Adorned in mahogany walls and ceilings, Adam Tihany furnishings, and floors of café au lait limestone and hand-tufted carpet, At.mosphere also features a stunning beverage display and cellar. In addition to views of the city, the outlet also offers stunning vistas of The Dubai Fountain, the world’s tallest performing fountain.
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