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Atlantis The Palm, Dubai

Atlantis, the Palm is a resort at Palm Jumeirah in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It is a joint venture between Kerzner International Limited and Istithmar PSJC and was opened on 24 September 2008. The resort is modelled after the Atlantis, Paradise Island resort in Nassau, Bahamas

The resort consists of two towers linked by a bridge, with a total of 1539 rooms. There are two monorail stations connecting the resort to the main section of the Palm Jumeirah islands.

The six star resort also includes a water Aquaventure theme park (160,000 square meters), and 20,000 square feet (1,900 m2) of retail space. The resort also has a Dolphin Bay (45,000 square meters) in which guests can swim and interact with dolphins at Atlantis. The Palm Jumeirah itself is one part of a trilogy including the larger Palms Jebel Ali and Deira, which are still under construction.

The Resort kept a young female whaleshark (Sammy) in its 11-million litre aquarium. Sammy gained public attention when Gulf News published her story, which started campaigns to have Sammy released back into the ocean. Experts pointed to various signs which showed that Sammy was vulnerable in the aquarium. She was released in March 2010.

Atlantis the Palm Dubai. Photo: Oyesan Dino Magkasi

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palm_Jumeirah

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