We finally got to see and experience the Lost Continent.
Well, atleast, the modern version of it! Yes, folks, we managed to visit the Atlantis at the Palm Jumeirah over the weekend! Allow me to take you to a virtual trip to this magnificent hotel resort.
We have now entered the Palm Jumeirah residential area. Please note that we are on a man-made island, several kilometers away from mainland Dubai. The houses and buildings here remind me of the Stepford Wives. Everything just seems so perfect.
The base of the trunk is where the island joins mainland Dubai. The Atlantis Hotel and Resort is located right on top of the map, at the crescent.
This is the Palm Island, so naturally it is created in the shape of a palm tree, complete with a trunk, branches, and a crescent to complete the picture. An underwater tunnel connects the main trunk to the top of the crescent, where the Atlantis proudly stands. Another way to get to the hotel is through the metro train, which is still under construction.
Now, we’re entering the underwater tunnel. The radio in our vehicle is now unable to receive the local FM stations and our mobile phones have lost their signal.
We have left our car in the parking lot and have taken the free shuttle ride to the hotel. Then we take a short walk up to the hotel’s main entrance. The weather here in the U.A.E. is extremely pleasant these days, so feel the cool breeze blow against your skin.
The grand Atlantis Hotel! Isn’t it just spectacular? Please note that despite this being an extraordinarily expensive hotel, most of the rooms are occupied.
The main entrance, leading up to the hotel’s lobby.
That weird-looking, tall thing is the main attraction, right in the middle of the lobby. It doesn’t look as good in the picture though, but it is really pretty. Upon closer inspection, I think it looks like thousands of snakes, entangled.
(Left) The hallway leading down to the aquarium. (Right) The main aquarium.
Now before we leave the Atlantis, I shall allow you all to have some time to shop around for souvenirs. You can purchase a plain white t-shirt, with Atlantis written in the front, for only 140 Dirhams! I know. But if it came with a cheaper price tag, you wouldn’t feel like you bought it from a five-star hotel shop.
Some of you may wonder why I didn’t bring you inside the water park. First of all, it’s already dark. Then, swim wear is required to enjoy splashing in the water. And since I won’t wear one, my option is to sit and watch half-naked people playing in the water, which I would rather not do because: a) I’m not interested b) I need to pay a hefty entrance fee for doing just that.
We are back in the heart of Dubai. It’s past midnight, and as you can see, the roads are empty. I had so much fun showing you guys around the Atlantis. I hope you all had a great time too. So, on your left is Dubai’s newest airport, Terminal 3, exclusive for Emirates Airlines. On your right is Terminal 2. Now go, hop on your respective flights and head back home!
Oh, but before you leave, take a look at the spectacular fireworks display from yesterday’s grand opening ceremony.