Atlantis: The Palm, Dubai

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 Hotel

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 Lagoons

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.

How Much?

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.

Official Website

You may want to check out more through their website here.

Source:  The Gulf News

Update

We’ve finally been able to visit the Atlantis!  You may join us in our adventure here.

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19 Responses to Atlantis: The Palm, Dubai

  1. ڈفر says:

    of course fabulous.
    what a great achievement it would have been, if we could grasp knowledge and awareness along with this luxury (or in place of this luxury)

    ~ Welcome to my blog, glad you stopped by 🙂

    Actually, that’s one of the several objectives that this resort has, to provide knowledge and awareness not only regarding the lost continent, but also endangered marine animals.

  2. Amir says:

    That is so beautiful. Sigh…yet so far away.

    ~ But it isn’t going anywhere, so you can always visit it whenever you stop by Dubai 🙂

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  4. awahid says:

    Ahh I can only dream of that … I am not rish as you are 😦

    ~ It’s not about richness, it’s about saving money wisely for something you plan to do/accomplish 🙂

  5. Mezba says:

    Isn’t this the place that caught fire the other day?

    I really wonder when the bubble will burst for Dubai (or indeed if it’s a bubble). All this building marvels but what if no one comes?

    ~ Only the external section of the roof and lobby dome had been damaged by the fire, caused by an electrical fault. So the officials don’t see any reason to postpone the opening of the Atlantis.

    I don’t know how the scenario will be several years from now. But presently, people are pouring in from all over to see all these architectural marvels.

  6. masood says:

    InshaAllah we will stay over there one day:)
    Thanks for the juicy details…..it’s simply awesome!!!

    ~ InshaAllah. We have so many plans lined up till next year, I’m so excited! 🙂

  7. Ordinary Girl says:

    God! What has man achieved!! And like Wahid here, I wonder if I’ll ever be able to visit places like these.

    ~ Indeed, I think Dubai is currently the dream destination for designers, architects, and engineers, who are provided with all the resources to build anything they fancy, with no financial restrictions. It’s just a 3-4 hours flight from Lahore/Islamabad, so perhaps you can start saving for a trip 🙂

  8. BholiBhali says:

    Such beautiful place, MashAllah.. Amazing! Thanx Nadia sis 4 sharing this, and increasing our knowledge little bittle.. Interesting how we bethe bithaye all over world ghoom ate 😛 thats how it felt reading..

    Lots duas 🙂

    ~ That’s one of the reasons I love reading blogs, you get to know so many things 🙂 Like you said, bethe bethaye seir hojati hai 🙂

    Thank you so much for your duas. It’s truly appreciated 🙂

  9. Haleem says:

    wow this is so amazing.. you guys are lucky to live in a city where so much is happening. It must be very expensive though!

    As an aside, I DO have to wonder other than Indian bollywood people, who would go and stay there… how many hotels are they building there!

    ~ We are also unlucky in the sense that construction is going on around us ALL the time, it gets tiring to see cranes and trucks and cement. We are in the middle of a huge construction site 😀 But yes, so much is happening and it’s wonderful to be a part of it all 🙂

    Hollywood people come here all the time. Kylie Minogue is going to perform in the opening of the Atlantis. Prominent sportsmen, politicians, and businessmen are also regular Dubai visitors. There is always someone performing here, almost every weekend, but then ofcourse it’s Ramadan, so the music business is hibernating for a while 🙂

  10. Ab says:

    It looks amazing! Have an awesome time :p

    ~ Thanks, Abid 🙂

  11. Specs says:

    I’ve never seen a picture of the ‘Atlantis’ before! Its beautiful!

    And i thought Dubai was just burj-al-arab and shopping malls, LOL. Forgive me! 😀

    ~ Dubai is also about traffic congestion, cloudless skies, and humid evenings 🙂

  12. Wakas Mir says:

    Aww now that looks beautiful.. thanx for sharing, now this is on my list of places to check out with ahem ahem..

    ~ I’m sure both you and ahem ahem will have a fabulous time 🙂

  13. Hina says:

    Awesome!! Please take lots and lots of pictures for me! =)

    ~ InshaAllah, I will 🙂

  14. Mary says:

    Oooh, I hope you do get to go there! It looks fabulous – except that whole shark part. Even if you’re not actually in the lagoon with them, I’m still not so sure about that! Thanks for sharing.

    ~ Hehe, that’s the idea, Mary: sheer thrill and excitement! I wish you visit us here in Dubai sometime 🙂

  15. Yazi says:

    Dang!!! this is amazing!!!!!!!!!!

  16. Serene says:

    Wow! Thank you for the information! If you will convert it in US Dollar, how much it will cost me to stay here for one day?

    Have a great day!

    ~ I’m not sure about the rates, Serene. If you’re interested, you can check out their website 🙂

  17. Svetlana says:

    Уххх ты! протрясающее зрелище!
    It looks amazing!!! Please take lots of pictures for all of us!
    Thanks

  18. hooha says:

    now that the bubble is burst, the rooms are available for as low as $200 per night.
    with so many layoffs happening in dubai, it has turned from a land of dreams to a land of nightmares to many.

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