Eat on top of the world – Dubai opens world’s highest restaurant

Dubai has set another record following the opening of the world’s highest restaurant in Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building.

At.mosphere is situated on Level 122 of the iconic super skyscraper, a lofty 442 metres above ground, and is envisaged as one of the world’s finest luxury dining and lounge experiences, with incredible views of Dubai’s futuristic cityscape to match.

Featuring a contemporary lounge and grill, the restaurant can host over 210 guests and features a spacious arrival lobby, a main dining floor, private dining rooms and display cooking stations.

Burj Khalifa, located in Downtown Dubai, has evolved into a full-fledged lifestyle destination since opening last year, and is described as “The Centre of Now”. In November it was voted “World’s Leading Tourism Development Project” at the 2010 World Travel Awards.

Attractions include the world’s first Armani hotel, which will play host to the World Travel Awards 2010 Middle East Ceremony in May.

(Burj Khalifa comes in at a lofty 826 metres, making it the world’s tallest building by over 300 metres)

Mohamed Alabbar, Chairman, Emaar Properties PJSC, the developer of Burj Khalifa, said: “At.mosphere is about offering the best in dining. Every aspect of the restaurant has been carefully designed and executed – be it the elegant decor, warm ambience, food choice and service standards.”

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-storey glass atrium. A flight of cantilevered staircases lead them to the arrival lobby where they can enjoy breathtaking, panoramic views of the city.

(Incredible dining and incredible views on Level 122 of Burj Khalifa)

The At.mosphere grill emphasises fresh products and healthy, simple cooking – grilled, broiled or baked. The food choice is complemented by an extensive beverage selection.

The upscale At.mosphere lounge pushes the boundaries of conventional lounges, and serves as an ideal stopover for a light lunch or even an afternoon tea. At night, the mood shifts with magnificent views of the city adding to the ambience.

Marc Dardenne, Chief Executive Officer, Emaar Hospitality Group, which manages the outlet, said: “The choice of two dining concepts within At.mosphere adds to its diversity, making it the ultimate destination for not only high-profile guests who seek the world’s best dining out experience but also for leisure guests.”

(Marc Dardenne, CEO, celebrates Emaar picking up a host of honours at World Travel Awards, including “World’s Leading Tourism Development Project” for Burj Khalifa)

Adorned in mahogany walls and ceilings, Adam Tihany furnishings, and floors of cafe au lait limestone and hand-tufted carpet, At.mosphere features a stunning beverage display and cellar.

At.mosphere is led by Executive Chef Dwayne Cheer and Director of Operations Gabriele Babini.

Also in Dubai, City.Mobi  is celebrating the success of its new city guide to Dubai. 

City.Mobi offers the most comprehensive mobile travel guides available, with over 800 cities in 200 countries listed. Each is developed by the World Mobi team to combine into a single global travel directory.

However, each city retains its own mobile identity via a dedicated domain. Already on offer are Brussels.Mobi, Paris.Mobi, Sanfrancisco.Mobi and Sydney.Mobi.

(Info on the incredible Armani Hotel and other top Dubai attractions available via Dubai.City.Mobi)

Dubai.City.Mobi is the latest in this illustrious line up, offering click to call functionality – which means no scribbling down telephone numbers.

Most entries are also linked to websites where users can quickly access more detailed information if needed.

Other key features include information on accommodation, restaurants, attractions, entertainment, nightlife, shopping, and transport.

City.Mobi guides include user reviews and traveller utilities such as a translation guide, currency converter, news and local weather guide.

Tom Cruise conquers Burj Khalifa
In November Hollywood superstar Tom Cruise filmed scenes for Mission: Impossible IV, which included sitting on top of Burj Khalifa. Cruise waved to cameramen filming his exploits in a circling helicopter, while flashing his trademark smile. Tom’s spokeswoman said: “He says if he does his own stunts, audiences will believe more in the character.”