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Above the Clouds: Restaurants with a View in Dubai

by Jimmy July 2013 - last edited September


Dubai offers a little slice of everything, especially when it comes to restaurants and bars. Here you can find an American cheeseburger about as easily as any dish sprinkled with traditional spices. But you’ve not booked your flight to Dubai merely for the cuisine have you? No, you're here for the atmosphere. And what speaks more to the essence of this city than sheer height and aquatic views? If you're looking for a taste of the city, along with some fabulous food, then Dubai's best rooftop restaurants are a great place to start.Here are a few of our favourite restaurants with a view in Dubai...

At.mosphere, Dubai

The words “Guinness Book of World Records” get worked over in Dubai about as much as a sheesha pipe. The most famous of those records is the Burj Khalifa, and within it, on the 122nd floor, is At.mosphere (above) the world’s highest restaurant. With a window seat you’ll have uninterrupted views of the city. The seasonal menu is predictably posh and the lounge’s liquor cabinet well stocked. Thankfully, it doesn’t hold the record for the most expensive menu. Although, once you get the bill you might begin to wonder.

At.mosphere, 1 Emaar Boulevard, inside Burj Khalifa, Dubai

Vu's, Dubai

VU'S, Dubai

Vu’s, Jumeirah Emirates Tower © Vu’s

If dining in the world’s highest restaurant churns your stomach, you can always take it down about 70 floors at Vu’s. Located 1024 feet off the ground in the Jumeirah Emirates Tower, Vu’s offers modern European cuisine with a hefty slice of Middle Eastern panorama. Be sure to check out Vu’s bar (one floor up) where you can choose from over 200 cocktails.

Vu's, 312th Road, inside Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Dubai

The Vault, Dubai


The Vault, JW Marriott Marquis Hotel © The Vault

The most recent addition to Dubai’s skyline (and its long list of world records) is the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel, the world’s tallest hotel. Go to the 71st and 72nd floor and you’re in The Vault – the world’s highest hotel bar. Touting itself as an 'exquisite formal lounge experience', The Vault not only prides itself on its view, but also its cigar selection and an impressive array of some of the most expensive vodka in the country.

The Vault, Sheikh Zayed Road, Business Bay, inside JW Marriott Marquis Hotel, Dubai

Al Muntaha, Dubai

Al Muntaha, Dubai

Al Muntaha, Burj Al Arab © Al Muntaha

Within the sail-shaped beacon of the Burj Al Arab, 27 floors directly above the Persian Gulf, is Al Muntaha. The restaurant in this seven-star hotel overlooks the Palm Jumeirah and an endless stretch of blue, along with some magnificent views of the city. Being on the gulf, you would expect Al Muntaha to serve up a superlative seafood selection, and that’s exactly what they do. But, honestly, with a restaurant in a building this impressive, it’s not really about the food, is it?

Al Muntaha, Jumeirah Beach Road inside Burj Al Arab, Dubai

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Jimmy Dawson

Jimmy Dawson is a freelance writer living in Dubai. He has written for We Are Here Dubai, The Randomer, and Discover. He runs long distances, travels even further and when his two kids and wife allow it, cranks the guitar amp up to eleven.