World's highest restaurant comes with equally steep prices

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CUT ABOVE: At.mosphere is located on the 122 floor of the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest tower (ITP IMAGES)

CUT ABOVE: At.mosphere is located on the 122 floor of the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest tower (ITP IMAGES)

Diners keen to get a booking at the world’s highest restaurant may need to save up after the Burj Khalifa eatery revealed patrons will be charged a minimum of AED450 ($122) a head.

The 442m-high At.mosphere, which opened its doors to the public on Sunday, will charge guests a hefty minimum fee for the pleasure of dinner at the lounge, which features panoramic views across Dubai.

Those wanting to book the luxury restaurant’s private dining area will be expected to fork out at least AED650 ($176.9) per guest, while afternoon tea comes in at nearly $100 (AED350).

For drinks and snacks in the lounge area, guests must spend AED200 ($54.45) per head.

Marc Dardenne, CEO of Emaar Hospitality Group and Emaar Hotels & Resorts, said the glass-walled restaurant raised the bar for Dubai’s hospitality industry.

“I think it’s going to set new standards for Dubai and maybe the world and even give people the opportunity to see something different when they stay in Dubai,” said Dardenne.

The steep prices don’t appear to be deterring the punters. The restaurant is booked out for its first two days of opening, and Dardenne is confident its popularity will continue.

“[The feedback] has been tremendous; we are already fully booked for tonight. A lot of people insisted on being there for the first night,” Dardenne said.

“We have 80 seats in the restaurant so it’s not a very large restaurant and 120 in the lounge. It’s [fully booked] today and tomorrow and I’m sure as soon as others hear about it they’ll be a lot of phone calls.”

At.mosphere is located on the 122 floor of the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest tower. The restaurant spans 1,030 sq m, and is 92m taller than the world’s second highest eatery– the revolving 360 Restaurant in Toronto’s CN Tower.

The restaurant features a grill, which seats up 80 diners at any one time, a lounge area and a private dining area for up to 12 people.

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Posted by: ELENA

I returned from Dubai two weeks ago, unfortunately At.mosphere wasn't open for guests. I'm sure this restaurant will be a success as the location is great, a lot of tourists and citizens visit Burj Khalifa every day, a great number of guests admire the fountains, without any doubt the restaurant will have a lot of clients until the new attraction opens.

Posted by: Liz English

Tourists will still go to it though even if residents don't (which we won't). It's the same in the overpriced and not very good restaurants in the Souk al Bahar, 90% tourists, residents have had enough of indifferent service, indifferent food and high drink prices. We vote with our feet.

Posted by: Telcoguy

Some followup, I could not book my friends as the place is fully booked until fen 5th.
About restaurants for tourist vs restaurants for locals, that is a fact of life on every city that has large tourists influx. Locals avoid tourist traps, tourists are usually clueless about best places to eat, nothing special here.
There are good restaurants in Dubai, both in absolute and in value for money terms. There are also plenty of places serving below average food, with poor service and inflated prices. Like in every other touristic destination.

Posted by: R Hulley MBSME

Do you not think that having all of these restaurants within your area is a good thing for tourism, trade and supplying jobs within your grasp. Surely it is a good thing to have tourism rather than no tourism, yes i take your point that 'residents' in your words may not visit it for whatever reason, however, to have tourists coming to Dubai is better than no visitors.

The Souk al Bahar has 20+ restaurants, cafes and lounges, are you saying that they are all overpriced and not very good? I can understand that you may not agree with the high number of restaurants within Dubai, but surely the expansion of Dubai that has taken place since in 1970's is a credit to where Dubai is today. I for one, would gladly want to live in Dubai to enable me the choice of where to live, eat and get a job.

Emaar has been instrumental in giving Dubai the freedom of choice in luxury hotels, restaurants and other amenities, which is a major improvement on having no choice at all.

Posted by: Telcoguy

True, actually i will be making a reservation for a couple who is visiting here. Of course you have to wonder how many tourists will be arriving to Dubai who have that kind of disposable income, but making it small i think it was a smart move.

Posted by: DERRAZ

What would be even more interesting and newsworthy if the owners of this great tower should also ensure that a operational mosque is created and present in this truly iconic tower.

Posted by: CS

Yes, that would be very nice; an operational mosque on the same floor as the resturant - then we can say the Highest Mosque in th World, and those praying there would surely be much closer to God

Posted by: Harry Barracuda

I'm sure this novelty restaurant will get away with charging these prices, it costs as much to go up Centrepoint tower in Sydney just to look around.

But this is hardly Dubai "back in business".

Posted by: sonnydubai

You may be fully booked for the 1st night but let's see what happens after a few weeks when the novelty wears off.

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