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Special Emirates packages for Dubai Shopping Festival

Emirates is offering attractive travel plus accommodation packages for Sri Lankan travellers of the Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF), the airline said this week. Priced from Rs 84,800 per person on a double sharing basis, these packages include return airfare, taxes and three nights’ accommodation with breakfast and one extra night’s stay free, making a visit both cost effective and hassle free, it said.

“Taken in conjunction with the Stay 4, Pay 3 offer, under which guests who book four nights get one free, these packages including the cost of airfare convert to as little as Rs 21,200 per person per night upwards at three, four and five star hotels in Dubai,” the airline said.

Among the hotels on offer under these packages are the Highland City Hotel, the Marco Polo and the Hyatt Regency. The special packages and the Stay 4, Pay 3 offer are valid for the duration of the festival from January 20 to February 20.

Dubai has approximately 14 million square feet of shopping space in its malls, including the world’s largest shopping centre — the Dubai Mall. This year, more than 6000 retail outlets and around 50 shopping malls are participating in the DSF, and visitors can enjoy tax-free shopping as well as discounts of up to 50 percent on a wide variety of items during the festival.

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Worlds highest restaurant opened in Dubai

DUBAI — Dubai opened on Sunday a restaurant 422 metres (1,350 feet) up in the sky on the 122nd floor of the world’s tallest building, Burj Khalifa, its developers said.

Atmosphere in Dubai’s 828-metre (2,716.5-feet) building is “one of the finest luxury dining and lounge experiences in the world,” said Emaar Hospitality Group, an arm of giant property developer Emaar.

At two levels below the tower’s observation deck, the “world’s highest restaurant” can host “over 210 guests and features a spacious arrival lobby, a main dining floor, private dining rooms and display cooking stations.”

The restaurant is named as “At.mosphere” where the atmosphere inside is electric, the view outside is breathtaking. Sprawling at over 1,030sqm, the restaurant offers a 360 degree view of the city and beyond.

It’s a soaring symphony to fine dining. Right up there. At 442 metres. That is truly rare even if you like your main course well done.

Because, at the Burj Khalifa everything is exceptional, and this restaurant makes you feel you are someone special and you have arrived.

On the unveiling of the restaurant on Sunday, Mohamed Alabbar, Chairman, Emaar Properties PJSC, the developer of Burj Khalifa, said: “Being one of a kind, anywhere in the world, At.mosphere offers a unique restaurant experience. Every aspect of the restaurant has been carefully designed and executed. At.mosphere is indeed about offering the best in dining.”

To mark the opening of the restaurant, 442 golden coloured balloons were released — some of them bearing dinner vouchers. So if you are the lucky one, and wondering what has popped out of the At.mosphere, head straight to Burj Khalifa to enjoy a grill and lounge experience.

Marc Dardenne, Chief Executive Officer, Emaar Hospitality Group, which manages the outlet, said that At.mosphere is the newest addition to the Lifestyle Dining portfolio of Emaar Hospitality Group.

“It redefines the restaurant concepts in Dubai, with a choice of two dining concepts and focus on offering a luxury lifestyle experience.”

Dardenne said the restaurant serves ‘eclectic European’ cuisine, with an emphasis on healthy eating. The upscale lounge has a seating capacity of 135 and a private area for 35. It can host over 210 guests and features a spacious arrival lobby, a main dining floor, private dining rooms and display cooking stations.

At.mosphere is led by Executive Chef Dwayne Cheer. Service is discreet, the experience unforgettable.

In addition to apartments, offices and Italian designer Giorgio Armani’s signature hotel, the building has an observation deck on the 124th floor, open to visitors at an entrance fee of at least 100 dirhams (27 dollars) per adult.

Emaar spent 1.5 billion dollars on the tower, named after United Arab Emirates (UAE) President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nahayan who came to the aid of Dubai, hit by the global financial crisis.

Oil-rich Abu Dhabi extended a lifeline of 10 billion dollars, on top of the same amount from the UAE central bank, to bail out Dubai’s heavily-indebted state firms in 2009.

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