The tallest building in the world now has a restaurant to match the building's lofty stature.
The Burj Khalifa's new restaurant, Atmosphere, is on the 122nd floor. Access to what the designer calls a "luxury yacht in the sky" is from a private elevator.
Leather booths await customers hungry for both food and the view. Mahogany panelling adorns the rooms of the 1,350-foot-high restaurant. Food prices match the height of the place, with appetizers going for $50 and entrees for nearly $100.
That the restaurant is open at all is proof, many say, that Dubai might be starting to emerge from the 2008 global financial crisis, which hit the emirate quite hard. Many construction projects slowed or stopped altogether, but the Burj Khalifa opened last year to great fanfare and more than a little bit of fireworks.