Leaping off the ground in what appear to be interlocking
Lego blocks on Dubai’s iconic Palm Jumeirah is the luxury city’s latest and perhaps greatest endeavor yet: Atlantis the Royale.
The hotel, which is 43 stories high and spans 406,000 square meters,
opened with a special star-studded performance Saturday night by Beyoncé.
For fourteen years, the grand unveiling of Atlantis the Royal reflects Dubai’s mission to once again challenge the boundaries of imagination and define ultra-luxury travel.
The massive building towering over its famous sister property,
Atlantis, The Palm — which opened in November 2008 to similar fanfare,
including a $5 million fireworks display and a performance by pop star Kylie Minogue — measures 500 meters long and 178 meters long.
It was designed by Wimberly and Allison, Tong & Goo, also known as WATG,
an international company that specializes in luxury hotel complexes.
The design incorporates classic Arabic architecture and local Bedouin references,
through both the interiors and exteriors, laden with semi-precious stones,
intricate fossilized shells, and “fish” stones, a nod to historic building techniques in the Gulf.
Ahead of the resort’s grand opening over the weekend, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid,
Vice President and Ruler of Dubai,
He toured the 795-room property and 231 residences, posting pictures of his tour on Twitter and describing it as
“an architectural masterpiece that will boost the tourism sector”.
The hotel, which has become an instant symbol of Dubai,
also supports the recently launched Dubai Economic Agenda D33 target to cement the city’s position as one of the top three global cities for tourism and business.
Sheikh Rashid said in a statement stressing the importance of the tourism sector to the national economy of the United Arab Emirates:
“We have ambitious growth targets for the sector over the next ten years,
and the UAE and Dubai are seeking to build on their deep partnerships with the private sector
to cement the country’s position as the most popular destination in the world for international tourists.”
Promote new opportunities in the tourism sector
Sheikh Rashid added: “As part of our efforts to create a fertile ground for investors,
we are keen to promote new growth opportunities in the tourism sector.
Our unwavering commitment to building an exceptionally safe and stable environment and world-class infrastructure over the past few decades has laid the foundations for a brilliant future.
With its refined design and long list of luxury and fashion brands,
Atlantis The Royal, now often referred to simply as ‘The Royal’, pushes the boundaries of modern luxury.
Luxurious amenities in their sheer quantity are nothing short of impressive:
92 swimming pools, 17 restaurants and bars from top chefs such as Heston Blumenthal,
Jose Andres and Nobu Matsuhisa, brands such as Valentino and Louis Vuitton,
and a host of other uber-luxe details and offerings.
The grand opening weekend also included the star-studded grand opening events for Nobu
and Ling Ling and the launch of Kendall Jenner’s 818 Tequila at the resort’s sky pool, Cloud 22.
And on Sunday, the resort hosted a fashion event for the debut of Beyoncé’s Ivy Park collection.
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