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Now eat at the top of the world in Dubai

Updated on January 24, 2011

Emirate raises the bar with 442-metre-high lounge and grill called At.mosphere

The luxury lifestyle hits a new high in Dubai with the opening this week of At.mosphere, a chi-chi fine-dining venue that is the world's highest restaurant in a building.

That the high life is lived in Dubai is now a literal truth. At.mosphere, situated 442 metres above ground on the 122nd floor of the Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building, opens to dinner guests on January 23, 2011, but anyone looking for a table this week will be put on a wait list, insiders said. It is situated two floors below At The Top, the building's observation deck.

Previously, the world's highest restaurant was 360, at a height of 350 metres in Toronto's CN Tower.

"It redefines the restaurant concept in Dubai," said Marc Dardenne, CEO of Emaar Hospitality, which operates the restaurant.

At.mosphere is reached by its own private elevator from the tower's corporate suites lobby and can accommodate 210 people over a lounge and grill, each with an unparalleled view of the emirate's eye-popping skyline.

While there is no minimum spend, punters must call and book ahead to be granted access to the tower, which is perhaps Dubai's highest security zone.

Dardenne described the food as modern eclectic European cuisine with an emphasis on grilled items.

On the menu are starters such as chestnut and pheasant soup, priced at Dh120 ($ 33), and free-range Australian salt bush lamb at Dh260 ($71) or grilled Maine lobster at Dh590 ($162). For dessert, the gianduja chocolate mousse costs Dh75, while a cheese platter for low-carb dieters notches up Dh120($ 33). An espresso costs Dh30 ($8).

But with service including lunch, high tea, dinner and bar service to a music by an inhouse DJ, Dardenne said the restaurant offered something for everyone.

Previously, the world's highest restaurant was 360, at a height of 350 metres in Toronto's CN Tower. The restaurant at the highest elevation is the Chacaltaya Ski Resort, outside Bolivia's capital, La Paz, with 5421m.

Explore At.mosphere through pictures

Emaar Hospitality CEO Marc Dardenne ascends to the 123rd floor reception area of the world's highest restaurant in Dubai on January 23, 2011

At.mosphere, at the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, can host 210 guests over a lounge and grill, each with an unparalleled view of Dubai's impressive skyline

A waiter at work during the opening of the world's highest restaurant, At.mosphere in Dubai's Burj Khalifa. The restaurant is now open for dinner only, but will commence service for lunch and tea in the coming weeks.

Living the high life: consumers wait to be served at the opening of At.mosphere, the world's highest restaurant at Dubai's Burj Khalifa on January 23, 2011

Media and VIP guests during a tour of the world's highest restaurant, At.mosphere, at Dubai's Burj Khalifa on January 23, 2011

A chef sets out canapés during the opening of At.mosphere, the world's highest restaurant, at Dubai's Burj Khalifa. The eatery is situated only two levels below At The Top, the tower's observatory deck and is served by its own elevator

Wait staff at the 442-metre-high At.mosphere restaurant in Dubai's Burj Khalifa on January 23, 2011. The eatery features a spacious arrival lobby, a main dining floor, private dining rooms and display cooking stations

The menu at At.mosphere, the world's highest restaurant at Dubai's Burj Khalifa tower, includes prime cuts of beef, organic poultry and seafood, with an emphasis on fresh products and healthy, simple cooking.

Emaar Hospitality CEO Marc Dardenne poses for a photograph at the entrance to the world's highest restaurant, At.mosphere, at Dubai's Burj Khalifa on January 23, 2011

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