Atlantis, The Palm


  • Sol Kerzner was approached in late 2003 by representatives of Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum , UAE Vice President and Ruler of Dubai] to put a finishing touch on The Palm, a centerpiece to this new world icon
  • The directive was for an Atlantis hotel to be built, similar to that in The Bahamas, but with a more Arabian feel
  • The overall shape is based on the Bahamas design where there is the central arch with a bridge suite above it, but with a more Moorish design on the exterior
  • Sol challenged the designers to come up with something that captured the essence of Atlantis (the legendary island that sank into the ocean as depicted in the works of Plato)- the wonder, the water, the sense of discovery - yet with distinct Arabian elements
  • Atlantis was the first resort to open its doors on Dubai’s revolutionary manmade island, The Palm in 2008
  • The resort’s current footprint on The Palm is the size of 64 Wembley football pitches
  • Atlantis has 1,548 rooms, seven signature suites and is 22 storeys high
  • The total cost to build Atlantis was USD$1.5 billion
  • At its peak, a workforce of 10,000 were employed, working 2 million hours a month to install 100,000 lights, 54,000 trees, more than 2,250 tonnes of marble and 58,000km steel bars (that's more than nine times the length of the Great Wall of China)
  • It was completed 2 months ahead of schedule
  • Atlantis, The Palm is officially the first offshore development in Dubai, and The Palm actually doubled the length of Dubai’s coastline
  • Atlantis’ signature Royal Bridge Suite measures in at 924 square metres and costs US$27,000 per night
  • The priceless Dale Chihuly sculpture in the Grand Lobby of Atlantis was created using 3,000 hand-blown pieces that were individually placed to create the 10-metre-high entry centerpiece
  • The height of highest point from ground level of Atlantis, The Palm is 120 metres
  • The front desk team check in and out over 823 guests per day
  • The bell desk manages more than 513,600 pieces of luggage every year
  • The valet team park 231,000 cars from staying and day guests every year
  • The resort welcomes guests from more than 227 different countries
  • Atlantis has 29 restaurants including three outlets by celebrity chefs, Nobu Matsuhisa, Giorgio Locatelli and Gordon Ramsay
  • The resort serves 4.4 million dining guests every year
  • Four new restaurants over 2019 and into 2020 were added to the line-up including Wavehouse, Hakkasan, WHITE Beach and Beach Buns
  • Atlantis, The Palm boasts 2,200 square metres of luxury retail space and has 35 retail outlets
  • 1.5 million guests experience a marine and waterpark activity every year at Atlantis
  • The Ambassador Lagoon at Atlantis is an 11 million litre marine habitat and one of the top ten largest aquariums in the world
  • The viewing pane into the Ambassador Lagoon is 10 meters long and 70cm thick and if all the water was drained from The Ambassador Lagoon it would fill 4.5 Olympic sized swimming pools
  • The Ambassador Lagoon and The Lost Chambers Aquarium combined are home to more than 65,000 marine animals of 250 species
  • The fish that call Atlantis home are fed over 400 kilos of restaurant quality seafood daily
  • There are 21exhibits in The Lost Chambers Aquarium that welcomes approximately 3,000 guests every week
  • Thousands of moon jellyfish are bred each year in the nursery of The Lost Chambers Aquarium, many being released back into the Arabian Gulf. Additional successful breeding programmes include sharks, rays and seahorses.
  • Aquaventure is a water playground of more than 18 million litres of water, consisting of extraordinary rides with cascades, tidal waves and rapids
  • Aquaventure is the only waterpark in Africa and the Middle East which has 700 metres of white sand beach
  • Dolphin Bay is 4.5 hectares and is home to Indo-Pacific Bottlenose dolphins that eat between 5-7 kg of fish per day
  • Sea Lion Point at Atlantis is the only Sea Lion habitat in the region. Its residents are South African Fur Seals and are cared for by a total of 45 experienced Marine Mammal Specialists
  • ShuiQi Spa and Fitness has 17 therapists, 27 treatment roomsand offers more than 60 different treatments
  • The Atlantis Kids Club is the only kids club in the world which has an underwater theatre
  • In 2020 the resort also introduced The Zone, a hangout area for teenagers
  • A three-year, US$100 million refurbishment programme was completed in 2020
  • This included the exterior of the building being fully painted, the refurbishments of all rooms and suites, the stunning Imperial Club Lounge and the renovation of the conference centre


  • Aquaventure World will open early 2021 with the addition of a third tower, ‘Trident Tower’
  • This expansion of the waterpark will make it one of the largest waterparks in the world, with 12 new attractions including the longest waterslide in the world


  • Atlantis, The Royal will open in late 2021
  • 'The Royal' will be the new sub-brand that embodies the more luxurious arm of Atlantis while still retaining the key essence of bringing the extraordinary to every holiday and experience
  • Both Atlantis, The Palm and Atlantis, The Royal will now sit under one iconic destination Atlantis Dubai
  • Our overall objective is for Atlantis Dubai to become an unparalleled address in the Middle East with out-of-this-world experiences, the largest celebrity chef presence on the planet accompanied by an unrivalled gastronomy programme, and rooms and suites that have been elevated to soaring urban sanctuaries in the sky
  • Topped with world-class entertainment and a range of activities so extensive that guests never have to leave the resort, the world has yet to witness anything else quite like it