Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Atlantis, The Palm: $1.5 Billion Hotel Opens in Dubai

Atlantis, The Palm Jumeirah: $1.5 Billion Hotel Opens in Dubai, UAE

Dubai, United Arab Emirates (February 2008) - With the globe in world wide recession with currency values falling, the price of barrell of oil wil under 60 dollars. Are we in recession? In some corners of the world, its all perspective.

Take for example, Atlantis, The Palm the flagship resort on The Palm Jumeirah. This is the first resort to open its doors on Dubai's revolutionary island.

The likes of Robert De Niro, Denzel Washington and Janet Jackson have all jetted in for a three-day extravaganza, dubbed "the party of the decade". Even Lily
Allen's blagged an invite.
And with the showcase suite costing a whopping £23k a night, you'd better have an opening party to do it justice.
The bash is rumoured to cost anywhere up to £40m. Guests will all be treated to a private concert on the waterfront by Kylie Minogue, followed by the
world's biggest ever firework display.
Dubai has expanded rapidly in recent years, with the sole intention of becoming one of the most important commercial and travel destinations in the world.
Steadily, projects are reaching completion - and they don't come much grander than the Atlantis. It sits nestled at the top of the Palm Jumeirah - a man-made
piece of land shaped, funnily enough, like a giant palm.
It's a huge pink structure that's bound to inspire love it/hate it arguments, but you can't fail to be impressed by its grandeur.
More than 1,500 rooms, a huge aquarium with more than 65,000 marine animals (I counted them all), more than a kilometre of beaches (albeit fake ones), a
dolphin park, a waterworld and staff from all around the world to tend to your every desire.
It is brilliant, pure indulgence, which makes the timing of its launch even more surreal.
It's hard not to forget that the world is basking in a recession, with the good old words "credit-crunch" never far from anyone's lips.
Yet here we are looking at extravagance on a stick. Money is indeed no object, with a rumoured spend of £950m and celebrities jetting in from all across the
globe for its opening.
And with the penthouse suite booked out for the next year, you can see there are plenty of customers willing to share the dream.
The owners of this hotel are sticking to that old adage: If you build it they will come - credit crunch or no credit crunch.
----not expensive just 35000 $ for one night

Alan Leibman, President & Managing Director of Atlantis The Palm, Dubai unveils the plans for this landmark development. Interviewed at ITB 2008 for BTN.
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1.5 billion

Atlantis, The Palm is the flagship resort on The Palm Jumeirah - the first resort to open its doors on Dubai's revolutionary island. Created by Kerzner
International Holdings Limited, a leading international developer and operator of destination resorts, the stunning new 1,539-room resort first welcomed
guests in September 2008.
With its enviable location atop the crescent of The Palm Jumeirah, the opening of Atlantis, The Palm continues to redefine tourism in Dubai as it is the
area's first truly integrated entertainment resort. Reflecting Executive Chairman Sol Kerzner's vision to transport guests into a dazzling, imaginative
world, the resort encompasses a 46 hectare site with 17 hectares of water themed amusement at AQUAVENTURE, extensive fresh and salt-water pools and lagoon
exhibits, an open-air marine habitat, a seemingly endless stretch of beach, luxury boutiques, numerous dining choices including four celebrity chef
restaurants, an exciting nightclub, a Spa and Fitness Club, and 5,600m2 of meeting and function space.

The Lost Chambers Suites are exclusive to Atlantis, with both bedroom and bath views directly into the mesmerising underwater world of the Ambassador Lagoon.
There simply isn’t anything to compare with this breathtaking accommodation.
Stretching over three floors, the Neptune and Poseidon Suites welcome guests with a grand foyer leading down a sweeping staircase into an elegant
aquatic-themed dining and living area, with butler's pantry. Then, of course, there are the sumptuous bed and bathrooms with their underwater views. If
guests are unable to tear themselves away from watching the 65,000 marine animals, a 24-hour dedicated private butler is available to serve refreshments

Dubai, United Arab Emirates (February 2008) - Four restaurants from four internationally renowned chefs will debut at Atlantis, The Palm this fall, making
the new entertainment resort the culinary destination in Dubai: world-class Master Chef Nobu Matsuhisa opens Nobu with partner Robert DeNiro; British
television personality and two star Michelin Chef Giorgio Locatelli unveils Ronda Locatelli; Parisian sensation and two star Michelin Chef Michel Rostang
debuts Brasserie Rostang, and world-renowned three star Michelin Chef Santi Santamaria, known also as “The Architect of Food,” introduces his first venue
outside of Europe with Ossiano, a gourmet seafood restaurant

SANCTUARY Lounge (Dubai )

Opening hours: 9.30pm to 3.00am
Dress Code: Smart Casual

From the founder of Buddha Bar comes this modern baroque nightclub, including a dance club, lounge area and outdoor terrace. The club features a dance floor
surrounded by a suspended catwalk, with the music brought to life by the latest lighting technology. The more relaxed lounge opens up to an outdoor terrace
with a fountain surrounded by Majlis tents with lounge style seating.