Big Stars Set to Descend on Atlantis Opening Ceremony

Preeti Kannan
Filed on November 18, 2008

DUBAI - The much-anticipated, grand opening of Dubai’s most luxurious resort and newest icon, Atlantis — The Palm, this Thursday will see the red carpet roll out for some of the biggest names from the entertainment and sporting scenes.

Also, the Palm will be lit up in what would be the world’s largest fireworks display, marking the official launch of the landmark and its flagship resort.

American actors Robert De Niro, Denzel Washington, basketball legend Michael Jordon, talk show host Oprah Winfrey, singers Janet Jackson, Lindsay Lohan and Lily Allen, rapper Jermaine Dupri, DJ Sam Ronson, Petra Nemcova, Gerry Butler, Nawal al Zoghbi and Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra are some of the big names who will descend on the star-studded evening.

Music legend, Kylie Minogue, will make her debut Middle East performance, alongside Middle-Eastern pop sensation, Nawal and Priyanka Chopra, at the exclusive event for over 2,000 guests from across the globe. Actor Tom Cruise, Charlize Theron, Naomi Campbell, model Agyness Deyn and Bollywood actress Mallika Sherawat are also believed to be attending the opening.

The record-breaking fireworks display, designed and created by international pyrotechnics expert, Grucci, will be seven times larger than this year’s Olympic Games opening ceremony.

Fireworks will stretch across the full 520 kilometres of Palm Jumeirah, lighting up the entire island and the Atlantis resort, creating a display that will be made visible from space.

The display will be followed by an unprecedented illumination sequence introduced by Priyanka Chopra, as The Goddess of Atlantis.

The visual display will use the 200 metre-wide Royal Towers as a canvas to visualise the story of Atlantis, making it the world’s largest HD video projection on a standing surface.

The guests will dine on signature dishes prepared by Atlantis’ chefs Santi Santamaria, Michel Rostang, Giorgio Locatelli and celebrity chef Nobu Matsuhisa, before heading to the exclusive Royal Afterglow party with top US DJ, Samantha Ronson.

Atlantis, The Palm is a 1,539 room, ocean-themed destination resort located at the centre of the crescent of the man-made Palm Jumeirah. This $1.5 billion joint venture project was developed with Nakheel and opened its doors to guests in September.

A couple of weeks before the opening of the resort, a massive fire broke out in its lobby causing little damage to the external roof and lobby dome.

However, the incident did not mar the hotel’s opening date, which is right on schedule.

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