Take a tour inside the new St. Regis Dubai hotel

High above Dubai, guests walk through a giant net, then through a giant pane of glass to the upper levels of the Meydan Gardens high-rise that forms the initial part of the mammoth resort…

Take a tour inside the new St. Regis Dubai hotel

High above Dubai, guests walk through a giant net, then through a giant pane of glass to the upper levels of the Meydan Gardens high-rise that forms the initial part of the mammoth resort being developed by Dubai’s real estate investor, Nakheel.

Spread over 12 million square feet, it’s designed to be one of the world’s most opulent hotel towers. The mix of spaces — spread out over several buildings on the 65-acre site — include a tower with three restaurants with all the world’s finer dining in one; a resort, with all the fine dining in one; and a theme park.

But on the 13th floor, with the edge of the windows a few feet above the cables that carry guests down the tower, I’m assured, the hotel is quiet. The hotel’s three restaurants are tucked away in a nook between two buildings that branch out toward the summit of the mezzanine floor.

“Inside here,” our owner, Cali Lerner-Roth, said, her voice carrying the confident tone of someone who expected no problems getting people to the mezzanine. “There’s nothing. No people. No noise. No construction. Just the sun setting.”

The views are worth the climb. From the mezzanine deck, the entire skyline of Dubai comes into view.

The sun sets over a gold and blue Dubai skyline. (Joshua Magee)

As Lerner-Roth gestured with an arm held out, a high-flying, single-engine jet made its descent toward the hotel. A boat with a crew of 30 was in the water, moving slowly along the runway. A single restaurant called The Island Grill is on the rooftop deck looking over the Emirates naval base next door.

From the top, you can almost hear the jet landing and a helicopter taxies through the night sky. It’s a night of business happenings at the top. The official Dubai IMG events company hosts off-hours parties.

Who knows? Perhaps one of these, or maybe all of them, will come crashing down to the mezzanine.

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