Situated on the spectacular man-made island of Jumeirah is one of the most spectacular hotel and resort of the world, the Atlantis. The grand opening will be on September 24, 2008. This is definitely one the places Masood and I are planning to visit next, InshaAllah.
After almost four years of planning and construction, Atlantis, The Palm has culminated in a 46-hectare man made island marvel, crowned by the imposing Royal Towers Hotel, a 1,539-room oasis resort that is surrounded by open-air marine lagoons and stocked with 65,000 marine animals from the Gulf and beyond.
The Ziggurat: Leap Of Faith
At the Ziggurat, a 27.5 metre near-vertical drop called the “Leap of Faith” plunges sliders down the face of the structure and into a freshwater tube that descends into a salt water lagoon filled with sharks. Water-sliders never come in contact with the sharks, however, as the tube carries riders straight through the lagoon into a large wading pool beyond.
And then there is the Torrent, a ride through rapids fed by a wave generator that “simulates a wave surge that is capable of swells reaching almost two metres high at over 94,000 litres per minute”.
The Atlantis lagoons will feature more than 250 species of sea creatures, some of which will include native Gulf fish which have not been publicly displayed anywhere outside of the Middle East.
Special kitchens have been built to prepare the 120 kilograms of food now needed daily to feed the tens of thousand of fish at Atlantis. The 4.5 hectare lagoon called Dolphin Bay will house an interactive area, and also serve as “the first marine mammal rescue and rehabilitation centre in Dubai” to help marine animals return to the wild.
A full-time team of 165 marine workers will be plying the underwater tanks each day.
The Lost Chambers
The Lost Chambers features a “maze of underground tunnels offering underwater views into the boulevards of the ruins of Atlantis”. There are 18 underwater exhibits.
Dubai residents can spend Dh220 for a day pass to take in the underwater sunken Greek columns, shop at 17 retail outlets, sample fare served by the world’s top chefs and enjoy the solitude of a beach that is as exclusive as one can find in the city.
You may want to check out more through their website here.
Source: The Gulf News
We’ve finally been able to visit the Atlantis! You may join us in our adventure here.