By Louise Oakley
The restaurant called Atmosphere will be located on the 122nd floor of Burj Khalifa.
Emaar Hospitality Group (EHG) has announced plans to open the “highest restaurant” in the world in January 2011.
The restaurant will be called Atmosphere and will be located on the 122nd floor of Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world and also home to the first ever Armani Hotel.
EHG chief executive officer Marc Dardenne told HotelierMiddleEast.com that the outlet had the “bragging rights of being the highest restaurant in the world”.
“It’s really a grill room concept and quite a large lounge concept and we’ll be doing lunch, afternoon, pre-dinner drinks and dinner and I think it's going to be really unique to Dubai,” said Dardenne.
The restaurant is located two levels below the obeservation deck ‘At the Top’ and EHG expects it to become a must-visit venue for visitors to Dubai.
Atmosphere is being designed by famous hospitality designer Adam Tihany, responsible for hotels such as the One&Only Cape Town.
It will be run by EHG’s new Lifestyle Dining division, and Dardenne said the concept could be exported.
“It doesn’t have to be a one-off. It could go anywhere internationally, it just has to be in the highest building in the city to call it Atmosphere,” he commented.
Good idea to have the highest restaurant in Dubai. No doubt it will be a success. But of course, this really is nothing like "the highest restaurant in the world". Mexico City is at 2240m and has the odd restaurant or two ... the Alps and Pyrenees have many a food-serving ski resort above 3000m ... The Burj Khalifa reaches 828m, it's 160th floor is at 621m and this restaurant is on the 122nd floor ... so it's at what 470m? In general, media organisations need to do more than just re-print press releases by hype-addicted Dubai companies.
Technically, it's not the highest restaurant in the World. Seems to me this is false advertising or rather, wishful thinking. Maybe it's the highest in the World in terms of buildings that are at sea-level, but realistically, there are hundreds, if not thousands, of restaurants that are higher in elevation.
Sorry but the previous comments are not correct Iâ€™m afraid. International standard for building height does not take into account sea level so their claims are correct. Even if you were to take sea levels into account or include silly disclaimers such as (Not allowing for other buildings above sea level) this is still a spectacular building and accomplishment.
Its all too easy to knock countries like Dubai who are truly breaking boundaries in so many areas that we sometimes forget that if we spent less time knocking those who achieve and turned that effort and time into something more positive maybe those people could achieve even greater things?