A complete guide to Atlantis, The Palm !!

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For years, The Atlantis Bahamas was a unique mega-resort, with its giant "waterscape" (lagoons, waterfalls, x-treme waterslides, subterranean aquariums), fantasy architecture, and mix of families, high rollers at the casino, and high-end yachting set. But this "one of a kind" place has a sister resort. Welcome to Atlantis The Palm, Dubai: Dubai being that middle-east pinnacle of shopping, entertainment, and luxury.

Dubai is one of the United Arab Emirates, with year-round warm weather, white-sand beaches, and a great infrastructure. Though only 1000 sq. miles in size, Dubai lives large: ultra-opulent hotels, super-luxury shopping, and over-the-top attractions such as an indoor snow park.

The Palm is one of Dubai's biggest ventures: "The Palm Jumeirah" is a man-made island in the shape of a graceful palm frond framed by a reef. The Palm is a project of the Crown Prince of Dubai. It has a choice location on the extraordinary man-made island, The Palm aka Palm Island, in the middle-east nexus of shopping, entertainment, and luxury, Dubai.

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The resort opened in 2008 and has 116 acres (47 hectares) on the man-made island, "The Palm" or "Palm Island". This giant project -- which gave Dubai 65 km of new beachfront-- is in the shape of a palm frond, framed by a crescent; Atlantis the Palm is in the center of the crescent.

Attractions in the Resort

1. The Leap of Faith Water slide

Atlantis The Palm, Dubai has an Aqua-venture Water park with a near-vertical water slide. Above: The Leap of Faith water slide plunges down from the top of the Ziggurat. The slide finishes in a clear tunnel in the shark lagoon. The Aqua-venture area of Atlantis The Palm, Dubai covers 42 acres (17 hectares) and has a 700-meter beach.

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2. Dolphin Bay

The dolphin area has seven interconnected pools and offers dolphin interactions. It is the largest dolphin habitat in the world, and gives dolphins from less-desirable habitats a home.

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3. The Lost Chambers Aquarium

Atlantis The Palm, Dubai has an area of gigantic underground aquariums with more than 65,000 marine animals that visitors can view while stepping through an Atlantis-themed maze of chambers.

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4. Ambassador Lagoon

The Ambassador Lagoon, one of the world's largest aquariums, has over two hundred and fifty species of marine life including sharks, eels, rays, and exotic fish.

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5. Kids Club

The Atlantis Kids Club has programs for kids age four to twelve; morning, afternoon, evening, and all-day sessions are offered. Families can choose a flexible schedule including hourly care. Fun includes a play zone with climbing walls, and shipwreck play structure for younger kids; ​an area for arts and crafts; and the latest in video and computer games. (Always check resort website for updates).

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6. Club Rush for Teens

"No adults" allowed in this entertainment zone (supervised by Atlantis staff). Preteens, 8 to 12, have their time in Club Rush from 2 to 6 pm. The night belongs to teens, ages 13-17, from 7 pm to midnight. Club Rush includes a Gaming Area, the Chill Out Lounge, Night Club with guest DJ,s and a computer room.

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7. Ronda Locatelli

Atlantis The Palm, Dubai has multiple restaurants, including several with celebrity chefs, such as Nobu (Chef Nobe Matsuhisa), Bread Street Kitchen & Bar by Gordon Ramsay, and Ronda Locatelli, in partnership with Italian Giorgio Locatelli. Above: one of the wood-fired pizza ovens at Ronda Locatelli.

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8. Ossiano

Ossiano’s current chef de cuisine is Gregoire Berger – one of the world’s top 10 chefs by the Best Chef Awards 2017 at this restaurant where diners are submerged in the fantasy of underwater Atlantis. (Surprise: seafood is the specialty.)

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9. Underwater Suites

Each of the Underwater Suites has three floors, and windows in the master bedroom give views into the Ambassador Lagoon.

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Pack your bags & get ready to have a thrilling experience in The Palm.

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