Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Landmark project Atlantis, The Palm officially launched amidst grand ceremony

Atlantis Resort at Palm Jumeirah
The official launch ceremony of the Atlantis at Palm Jumeirah has created landmarks in Dubai.
The entire island of the Palm Jumeirah and its flagship resort Atlantis, The Palm, were lit up with a display of fireworks tonight, which marked the official launch of this iconic landmark resort.

A note-worthy guest line of 2000 or more from across the globe were seen during the inaugural ceremony, including the music legend -Kylie Minogue, the Middle East pop sensation -Nawal, Bollywood actoress -Priyanka Chopra, Mary-Kate Olsen, Charlize Theron, Lindsay Lohan, Agyness Deyn, Petra Nemcova, Dame Shirley Bassey, John Abraham, Rani Mukherjee, Preity Zinta, Janet Jackson, Robert DeNiro, Mischa Barton, Michael Jordan, Bipasha Basu, Boris Becker, The Duchess of York, the Dubai Royal Family and Lily Allen.

The display of fireworks across the full 520 kilometers stretch of Palm Jumeirah, lit up the entire island and Atlantis resort, creating a display visible from space. Custom-made shells shipped in from across the globe, created a light spectacle taking off from the 716 firing locations around the island, including 400 balconies at the resort.

The display followed an unprecedented high definition video illumination sequence, beginning with the Bollywood star Priyanka Chopra, who enacted as The Goddess of Atlantis.

Guests dined on signature dished made by the multi Michelin-starred chefs of the Atlantis.
Sol Kerzner, the Chairman and CEO of Kerzner International, said "Atlantis, The Palm is the realization of a vision shared with our partners at Nakheel. Tonight was a landmark event for us, and we thank worldwide guests for coming here to be a part of this occasion."

The Chairman of Dubai World and Executive Chairman of Nakheel, H.E. Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, said "The partnership between Nakheel and Kerzner is a testament of the belief in Dubai having grown to be one of the top destinations in the world. Atlantis has come to the right place, and we invite all visitors of Dubai to revel in the magnificent entertainment, hospitality and service it has to offer."

The guests also had the opportunity to rejoice themselves in the various activities that the resort had to offer, including the Aquaventure Water Park, Dolphin Bay, Atlantis Spa, The Lost Chambers, and the Royal Pool of the resort.

An exclusive cocktail party was hosted in the Royal Towers Lobby, and the even concluded with a culinary tour dinner on Friday night at the resort's restaurants, followed by an after party at the private night club, Sanctuary, at the resort.

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