If you thought that the likes of Dana Hourani, Natalia Shustova, Alanoud Badr, and Tala Samman were tucking into their meals at the finest restaurants in town, think again – and maybe look up. Instead of making an appearance at the coolest eateries and trendiest cafés this week, they’ve been dining in the sky. Eating burrata at level with the birds. 50 meters up in the air. Hanging off a crane.
We kid you not.
Introducing Dubai’s hottest (and highest) new outdoor dining concept: Dinner in the Sky. Originating in Belgium, the “floating” dinner tables have made their way across the globe from Rome to Athens, Cape Town to Kuala Lumpur, and are now here in the UAE. As the name suggests, you are – quite literally – dining in the sky.
Chefs from The Ritz-Carlton hotel whip up delicious treats throughout the day – from breakfast and brunch to lunch, afternoon tea, and dinner – all prepared in front of you, 50 meters above the ground. Accommodating up to 22 guests, the table is raised and lowered using a huge crane, lifting you up into the sky to enjoy stunning views of Dubai Marina and the city’s skyline. Weather permitting, you can gaze over Atlantis The Palm, Burj Al Arab, and Burj Khalifa, with upbeat tunes accompanying you and the culinary feast.
We know exactly what you're thinking at this point, so here are the answers to your most burning questions:
Can I Stop to Use the Bathroom?
Long story short: no. So, seriously, use the bathroom beforehand. If it’s really urgent and you just can’t hold it in, the platform will be lowered down for you. Just note that your experience ends there and you won’t be taken back up again.
Is Falling Off a Possibility?
This is as likely as a group of dolphins flying past you singing Michael Bublé songs. Not only is the table supported by 12 huge metal ropes (and just one of them can hold it up on its own), but it’s been designed and tested by the global provider of technical, safety, and certification services TÜV Rheinland. It boasts a 100 percent safety record, and you’re harnessed and strapped in, so there’s no going anywhere.
What If I Freak Out?
If you really, really aren’t having a good time up there, don’t stress. Just a quick word to a crew member and you’ll be down on the ground in less than 20 seconds.
What Should I Wear?
Anything comfortable, but it’s recommended that you don’t wear open-toe shoes (your feet might get a little chilly up there) or skirts and dresses because of the harness. Wear a light layer over your usual attire as the wind and height make it cooler.
What Happens If I Drop Something?
You’re not allowed to take bags on board for this very reason, but phones are permitted at your own risk. If something does get dropped, there’s a “safety” area below that ensures no people are beneath you when you’re up in the air, so no one can get hurt.
What If I'm Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Vegetarian – or All Three?
If you book out the whole table, you can customize the menu to suit all dietary requirements. Otherwise, the choice is between the options on the menu for that particular meal.
How Much Does It Cost?
This depends on the meal you choose, but prices vary from AED 399/SAR 407 to AED 799/SAR 816.
Click here for more information and to book Dinner in the Sky.