Atlantis Opens Doors to Guests

Staff Reporter
Filed on September 26, 2008

dubai — The $1.5-billion resort Atlantis, The Palm, opened its doors on Wednesday to guests eager to experience its luxury surroundings, top restaurants, sharks, dolphins, and thousands of fish.

The pearl in Palm Jumeirah’s crescent, developed by Kerzner International Holdings Limited and Istithmar, will hold a spectacular gala ceremony, with a performance by pop diva Kylie Minogue, on November 20.

The event will be attended by around 2,000 celebrities. Although the resort opened to guests on Wednesday, the final repairs were being carried out on the resort’s dome that was damaged in a fire which broke out three weeks ago.

But it didn’t dampen the spirit of the guests who threw themselves into the adventure of the resort’s 17-hectare amusement park, featuring adrenalin-pumping water slides – two of which catapult riders through shark-filled lagoons.

Aside from being a top attraction for tourists, Atlantis, The Palm will go some way to answering the huge demand for rooms in the city, especially with its opening ahead of the peak winter period. The city’s hotel occupancy rate was over 90% in 2007 with seven million people visiting during the year.

Atlantis will provide 1,539 luxury rooms to the city’s tourism industry as well as extensive meeting and convention facilities. There are 17 restaurants, bars and lounges and the resort’s world renowned chefs share six Michelin stars between them, including Santi Santamaria and Michel Rostang.

Atlantis, The Palm By The Numbers

  • Atlantis, The Palm’s current footprint on The Palm Jumeirah is 46 hectares or the size of 64 Wembley football pitches. This includes 1.4 kilometres of beachfront.
  • Atlantis’ signature Bridge Suite - the most luxurious in the resort – measures in at 924 square metres and boasts floor to ceiling views of all of Dubai. One night’s stay in The Bridge Suite costs $25,000 per night.
  • The resort’s two Lost Chambers Suites, whose bedroom and master bathroom windows look directly into the Ambassador Lagoon – stretch over three floors.
  • Atlantis, The Palm is home to over 65,000 marine animals including Anchovy, Baby Stingrays, Arapaima, Moon Jellies, Brown Sea Nettles, Moray Eels, Giant Cuttlefish, Lobsters, Batfish, Snapper, Hammour Cobia, Golden Trevalles, Piranha, Lionfish, Anemones, Giant Grouper, Blue Damsels, Manta Ray, and Sunfish.
  • 100 team members care for the marine animals. Their jobs include aquarists, veterinarians and even chefs, preparing 220kg of restaurant quality seafood each day for the marine species meals.
  • The viewing pane in the Ambassador Lagoon – which holds 11 million litres of seawater – is 10 metres long and 70cm thick.
  • The 27.5-metre vertical drop from the top of the Ziggurat makes Aquaventure’s Leap of Faith the region’s tallest freefall water slide at 9 storeys high.
  • 58,000km of steel bars were used in the construction of Atlantis, The Palm - over nine times the length of the Great Wall of China.
  • There are 100,000 lights throughout Atlantis.
  • There are 60,000 Trees/Palms and Shrubs around Atlantis.
  • Over 2,250 tonnes of marble and stone were used to create the walls, fountains and magnificent floors throughout the resort.
  • The priceless Dale Chihuly sculpture in the Grand Lobby of Atlantis was created using 3,000 hand blown pieces that were individually placed by hand to create the 30-metre-high entry centrepiece.

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