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The rooftop of Dubai Opera is now the host of a beautiful ocean-themed restaurant, designed by Sydney studios Alexander & Co and Tribe Studios.

The new restaurant takes advantage of the amazing features of the building and includes an external courtyard and sky garden, which offers breath-taking views of the city skyline and landmark buildings such as Burj Khalifa.

The garden is used to grow vegetables that are used by the chefs to cook the dishes in the menu.

Alexander & Co create an ocean-themed rooftop restaurant in Dubai

“The bistro explores the colours and tones of the sea, oyster, sea cliff and coastal escarpment,” explained the Sydney-based design interiors studio, which completed the project in partnership with architecture office Tribe Studio.

Alexander & Co create an ocean-themed rooftop restaurant in Dubai

The space is open, but it still features different areas, separated by the use of materials and finishes – a brasserie, a main bar, a private dining room, a chef’s table and an external bar.

Alexander & Co create an ocean-themed rooftop restaurant in Dubai

“Each design element within the venue explores ideas of the sea, from the oyster with its combination of smooth sensual surfaces and textured outer surfaces, to the oceanic tones and colours of corals and pearlescent hues.”

Alexander & Co create an ocean-themed rooftop restaurant in Dubai

Extreme knitter Jacqui Fink created a custom six-metre-high Merino Wool hanging artwork that references the tentacles of sea creatures. Meanwhile local Sydney artist Tracey Deep, known for her floral installations using found and native flora, created three hanging sculptures based on the ocean.

Alexander & Co create an ocean-themed rooftop restaurant in Dubai

The spaces are furnished with various pieces of 20th century furniture in green, grey, blue and white tones combined with natural walnut timbers.

Alexander & Co create an ocean-themed rooftop restaurant in Dubai

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