Atlantis and Royal Atlantis - Key Elements in Dubai Tourism

Timothy Kelly
Senior Vice President, Operations and General Manager
Kerzner International, Dubai

John Shamon
Chief Technical Services Officer
Kerzner International, Dubai

Since the announcement as the first significant hotel to be located on the Palm Jumeirah, The Atlantis has been closely tied to the growth of Dubai Tourism. The hotels theme and d├ęcor is based on the mythical city of Atlantis with its unique architecture further enhancing the theme. The Dubai Atlantis was the next step in the Atlantis story following the first property in The Bahamas. The Atlantis Sanya on Hainan Island has recently opened in early 2018 and the Atlantis Hawaii is under way with a proposed opening in 2025, which will continue the growth of the Atlantis brand globally.

The planning for Atlantis, The Palm began shortly after the Palm project was announced in June 2001. The Atlantis opened its doors 7 years later, two years after the Palm was completed. Tourism in Dubai in 2001 was still in an early stage of its development and the announcement of Atlantis was a critical element in the development of the Palm which continues to grow today.

The Atlantis hotel was in the first phase of the master development of the extensive Palm Jumeirah site, and in 2013 the Royal Atlantis project was announced. This newest development, with a spectacular architectural design by KPF is expected to be completed in late 2019. This new project will complement the existing property and will ensure that The Atlantis brand will continue to maintain its iconic status for years to come.

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