Dubai keeps aiming for skies with "highest" restaurant

Mon Jan 24, 2011 6:59am EST
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By Erika Solomon

DUBAI (Reuters Life!) - Dubai's boom may have fizzled, but you can still live the high life perched atop the world's tallest building as the glitzy Gulf emirate unveils one of the world's highest restaurants.

Atmosphere, on the 122nd floor, is one private elevator ride up the glass and chrome Burj Khalifa.

Its designers say that Atmosphere, touted as the world's highest restaurant, shows that Dubai may have lost its luster as a business hub after the financial crisis, but for those seeking the lifestyle of the rich and famous, it can still dish it out.

"Up here, you feel elegant and luxurious, you feel sexy," said the restaurant's designer, Adam Tihany, pointing to the mahogany-paneled rooms and cozy leather booths.

"You are floating ... it's a journey. This is your luxury yacht in the sky," he said.

Atmosphere is a 57-second elevator ride up 442 meters (1,350 feet) that makes ears pop. Dwayne Cheer, the executive chef, tries to limit the number of times he goes up each day.

"I came up yesterday five times and after five times, you feel a bit dizzy. You only want to come up twice."

Cheer recommends the house specialties of foie gras or the beef tartare--but prices here may burn the pocket books of all but Dubai's most well-heeled denizens.   Continued...

<p>Women sit at a table in the lounge section during the opening of "At.Mosphere" the world's highest restaurant in the Burj Khalifa in Dubai January 23, 2011. REUTERS/Jumana El-Heloueh</p>