Atlantis The Palm, Dubai is a luxury hotel resort located at the apex of the Palm Jumeirah in the United Arab Emirates.
It was the first resort to be built on the island and is themed on the myth of Atlantis but includes distinct Arabian elements.
The resort opened on September 24, 2008, as a joint venture between Kerzner International Holdings Limited and Istithmar.
Atlantis The Palm Hotel
The 1,548 room nautically themed resort has two accommodation wings, the East and the West Tower, linked together by the Royal Bridge Suite.
It is complemented by the Aquaventure water park and the Lost Chambers Aquarium, home to over 65,000 marine animals.
Atlantis The Palm Underwater Rooms
The Poseidon and Neptune Underwater Suites at Atlantis The Palm are two of only a tiny handful of underwater hotel rooms worldwide and regularly appear in lists of the world’s most unique accommodation.
In this 165 square meters/1776 square foot home, the upper entrance floor is ground level while the master bedroom and en-suite bathroom are submerged.
A multitude of exotic sea creatures can be found in the resort’s Ambassador Lagoon, which is home to almost floor-to-ceiling windows in both the bedroom and bathroom.
Atlantis The Palm Development
Atlantis The Palm opened on 24 September 2008 as a joint venture between Kerzner International Holdings Limited and Istithmar.
In April 2012, Istithmar acquired Kerzner’s 50-percent stake in the property for US$250 million.
The property continues to be managed by Kerzner International Resorts.
The architect was design firm Wimberly, Allison, Tong and Goo (WATG) an international firm specializing in Luxury Hotels.
The principal contractor for the project was awarded to Laing O’Rourke, a multinational construction firm based in the United Kingdom.
Laing O’Rourke was responsible for the design and construction phases of the 23-story hotel and water park.
Atlantis The Palm Official launch
After Laing O’Rourke carried out the hotel’s construction, it was officially opened on 24 September 2008.
As part of the opening, a light show of moving images was illuminated onto the hotel.
One hundred thousand fireworks, around seven times the amount used for the opening ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympics, were let off, lasting 15 minutes. The fireworks display across the entire 5 km (3.1 mi) stretch of The Palm lit up the whole island and Atlantis, The Palm.
Custom-made shells shipped from across the globe created a light spectacle taking off from the 716 firing locations around the island, including 400 balconies at the resort.
The display creator Fireworks by Grucci claims the display set a new world record, but Guinness World Records curator has yet to announce the status.
The launch party cost an estimated £15m in total, with Kylie Minogue earning £2m for a 60-minute performance for the hotel’s 2,000 guests.