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Atlantis, the Palm is a resort at Palm Jumeirahmarker in Dubaimarker, United Arab Emiratesmarker. It is a joint venture between Kerzner International Limited and Istithmar PSJC and was opened on 24 September 2008. The resort is modelled after the Atlantis, Paradise Islandmarker resort in Nassau, Bahamasmarker.

Development

The resort consists of two towers linked by a bridge, with a total of 1539 rooms. There are two Palm Jumeirah Monorail stations connecting the resort to the main section of the Palm Jumeirah islands.

On September 2, 2008, a fire broke out in the lobby of the almost-completed hotel at around 7:20 in the morning and extinguished three hours later. Nobody was injured in the fire, which was believed to be started as workers were carrying out welding activities or because of an electrical problem. Although the roof of the lobby was torched and the exterior of the hotel sustained some smoke damage, the resort opened on time on September 24.

Attractions

The seven stars resort also includes a water Aquaventure theme park (160,000 square meters), a conference center, and of retail space. The resort also has a Dolphin Bay (45,000 square meters) in which guests can swim and interact with dolphins at Atlantis. The Palm Jumeirah itself is one part of a trilogy including the larger Palms Jebel Ali and Deira, which are still under construction.

The Resort is also well known for keeping a young female whaleshark in its 1-million litre aquarium,

Official launch

A list of VIP guests who attended the event included Shahrukh Khan, Rani Mukerji, Lily Allen, Robert De Niro, Priyanka Chopra, Denzel Washington, Janet Jackson, Sarah, Duchess of York, Charlize Theron, Sir Richard Branson,The Jonas Brothers, Mischa Barton, Chris Tucker, Michael Jordan, Wesley Snipes, Andrea Colognoli and Lindsay Lohan to name a few.The event included Australian diva Kylie Minogue performing her debut concert in the Middle East alongside Lebanese singer Nawal Al Zoghbi, a light display that was illuminated onto the hotel and a total of 100,000 fireworks, around seven times the amount that were used for the opening ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympics, which only lasted around fifteen minutes but cost around $16M.

The display of fireworks across the full 5 kilometers stretch of Palm Jumeirahmarker, lit up the entire island and Atlantis resort, creating a display visible from space. Custom-made shells shipped in from across the globe, created a light spectacle taking off from the 716 firing locations around the island, including 400 balconies at the resort.

Television footage

A task in the 6th leg of The Amazing Race 15 took place at its water park. All 14 team members had to slide down the resort's Leap of Faith water slide, which dropped them along 200 ft and 90 ft down an 84° incline and through a tunnel beneath the aquarium's shark lagoon. After retrieving the clue at the bottom of the exit pool, teams had to search the water park for a beach located near a lagoon, which was the sixth pit stop in the race. However, only 13 team members made it down the slide, as one of the team members (Mika) was afraid of heights and she and Canaan were eliminated.

See also



References

  1. Estatesdubai
  2. http://www.eyeofdubai.com/v1/news/newsdetail-25263.htm
  3. Atlantis attractions - dolphin bay
  4. http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/feb/13/dubai-boom-halt
Dubai Atlantis Aquaventure Tour

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