Date: 13 Nov 2019

Atlantis Dubai- The Lost City

The Atlantis at the Palm opened in September of 2008, the first luxury hotel  resort to be built on the man-made island of Palm Jumeirah in the United Arab Emirates. The hotel follows the theme of Atlantis, the mythical "lost city", as depicted in the works of Plato.The Atlantis hotel aims to summon the magic of its namesake kingdom, with a variety of aquatic attractions for guests to choose from.The main building has two central towers, referred to as East and West, joined together by the Royal Bridge Suite.

The 46 hectare resort comprises 1,539 rooms, 23 restaurants, luxury boutiques, and a 17 hectare nautical-themed water park and tropical gardens containing more than 250,000 plants and trees. A key feature of the water park is the Leap of Faith slide; a 60 ft drop at an 86-degree angle from the top of a replica Mayan temple. It propels riders through a clear acrylic tunnel submerged in a shark-filled lagoon.

Design and construction

Atlantis was designed by Wimberly, Tong and Goo, an international firm specialising in luxury hotel complexes.The design incorporates classical Arabian architecture in both the interior and exterior of the 23-storey hotel, with semi-precious stones, intricate fossilised shells and 'fish' stones included throughout. A 10 m-high glass sculpture by artist Dale Chihuly contains more than 3,000 pieces of intensely-coloured blown glass ranging from fiery oranges and reds to tranquil blues and greens, surrounded by a reflection pool. The hotel lobby's 19 m-high arched ceilings feature 8 hand-painted murals by Spanish artist Albino Gonzalez.The contractor, Laing O’Rourke, developed the hotel envelope using a modular precast glass-fibre/reinforced concrete façade, which was installed by their in-house specialists Emirates Precast. They also developed a pioneering facility to pre assemble modular bathroom ‘pods’ in a controlled factory environment. 1,500 pods were delivered direct to the site and installed at a rate of 38 per week.The logistical operation to facilitate the build of the intricate design presented challenges. A highly complex operation was set up involving road deliveries, handling and distribution, temporary utilities, communication systems, traffic management and an enormous amount of on-site labour. At its peak, a workforce of 10,000 were employed, working 2 million hours a month.

Things To Do Inside:

1.Discover the Lost Chambers Aquarium:
The Lost Chambers Aquarium is the largest aquarium in the United Arab Emirates which is located in a five-star luxury hotel Atlantis, The Palm. This aquarium is designed to the theme of the Lost City of Atlantis. With over 65,000 marine creatures from the depth of the Arabian Sea, UAE's largest aquarium is a must-visit for people of all ages, especially families with younger children.Apart from the aquarium, visitors can also go scuba diving with experienced trainers to guide you through it or watch feeding shows. Built with mystic tunnels, underwater mazes and real-time experience of touching the marine creatures; The Lost Chambers Aquarium is the one-of-its-kind experience for visitors.

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2.Dolphin Bay:
There can’t be a better opportunity to see, swim and play with the friendly Dolphins, as it is at the Dolphin Bay. One of the most sophisticated habitats for dolphins in the world, Dolphin welcomes guests of all ages and of all swimming abilities. It includes a 15-minute orientation with a specialized marine mammal trainer, 30 minutes inside the water with the dolphins, and much more. You can stand in shallow waters, swim with them or scuba dive with these amazing creatures, and enjoy an experience of a lifetime.

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3.New Levels of Excitement at the Aquaventure Waterpark:
Aquaventure Waterpark is billed as the Middle East and Europe’s number one waterpark, and is one of Dubai’s main attractions in its own right.The waterpark can overwhelm you with an array of unique, not-to-be-missed waterslides and extraordinary rides with cascades, tidal waves and rapids. And since the waiting lines to the rides can be long during the half-term, you need some good planning to cover all the rides and attractions at the venue.

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The shopping center of Atlantis offers some of the best high-end boutique shops and also ensures that all the essentials you need for a perfect holiday are available here. Watches, jewelry, garments, swimwear, and even confectionaries are available from the best of international brands.

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5. Dine at Underwater Restaurant:
Enjoy a sumptuous dinner at Ossanio, an award-wining seafood restaurant and the best romantic restaurant in Dubai, with stunning views of the Ambassador Lagoon, making it a lavish dining experience at Atlantis. This luxury restaurant not only serves the most sumptuous of the world cuisine but also if booked in advance, delivers your personal message to your loved one by a trained scuba diver through the aquarium.

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