Monday, August 8, 2011

Dubai Atlantis Hotel

Atlantis, the Palm is a resort at Palm Jumeirah in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. 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 Island resort in Nassau, Bahamas.

The resort consists of two towers linked by a bridge, with a total of 1539 rooms. There are two monorail stations connecting the resort to the main section of the Palm Jumeirah islands.
The six star resort also includes a water Aquaventure theme park (160,000 square meters), a conference center, and 20,000 square feet (1,900 m2) 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 kept a young female whaleshark (Sammy) in its 11-million litre aquarium. Sammy gained public attention when gulfnews published her story, which started campaigns to have Sammy released back into the ocean. Experts pointed to various signs which showed that Sammy was vulnerable in the aquarium. She was released in March 2010.
Official launch
A list of VIP guests who attended the event included Amit Kumar, Mischa Barton, Chris Tucker, Michael Jordan, Wesley Snipes, Andrea Colognoli, and Lindsay Lohan to name a few. Priyanka Chopra was chosen as the 'Goddess of Atlantis' to inaugurate the resort.

atlantis is the majestic focal point of palm jumeirah, a man-made island that has captured the world’s imagination with its magnificent scale and ingenuity. from the moment of arrival, you’re immersed in a dazzling world of imagination, pleasure and luxury. the resort offers relaxation and thrills for couples and families alike, including a landmark hotel, unique marine habitats, an exhilarating water park, pristine white beaches, world-class cuisine, indulgent spa and cosmopolitan boutiques. to stay or visit is to live out your dreams amidst warm arabian seas.

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 spectacular fireworks across the full 5 kilometers stretch of Palm Jumeirah, 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 water, and she and Canaan were eliminated. In 2009, an episode of The X Factor was partially filmed at the hotel, with Dannii Minogue using it to choose which female contestants joined her in the live shows.

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