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World's highest restaurant comes with equally steep prices

Burj Khalifa eatery At.mostphere demands minimum spend of AED450 from diners

World's highest restaurant comes with equally steep prices
CUT ABOVE: At.mosphere is located on the 122 floor of the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest tower (ITP IMAGES)
World's highest restaurant comes with equally steep prices
World's highest restaurant comes with equally steep prices
World's highest restaurant comes with equally steep prices

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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Saif 8 years ago

See? Dubai's back in Business.

Hana 8 years ago

I give this restaurant 3-6 months before it has to decrease its prices due to shortage of guests.

H 8 years ago

Thanks for all the photos of the restaurant. Now I know what the view looks like from that high. And now really don't need to pay so much money to have a look see the view and eat food.

dubai don 8 years ago

the reason Dubai went out of business in the first place was charging too much money. some lessons will never be learned.

Original Joe 8 years ago

Arabian Business should follow up in 6 months and find out how busy they are then. When most every restaurant opens there is a "honeymoon period". The first few weeks of business are no gauge for the long term success of the restaurant.

Gus 8 years ago

There are 365 days in a year, if the place is fully booked for the first 2 days...does it mean everything is back to normal?

Guardian 8 years ago

Very sensible of the resto, without this it would be full with budget seekers and rubber neckers wanting a free day out to take the kids for a coke.
The tourists will ensure that it is still full in 6 months and beyond
Check the queues at the Statute of Liberty or Petronas twin towers many years on

Mirdif_Mathai 8 years ago

A slightly more reasonable pricing structure would have guaranteed them a larger volume and steady flow of customers. But then again, maybe they want only the elite!

Clive Howard 8 years ago

This is not the world's highest restaurant - I suspect that what is actually meant is that this is the highest restaurant in a building - which is not the same thing at all.

The world's highest restaurant is the revolving restaurant at the Mittelallalin peak in Saas Fee, Switzerland at 3,456m.

sonnydubai 8 years ago

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