In Dubai, you can let your imagination can soar from the golden age of Atlantis to stunning modern marvels in this affluent city where the past, present and future are artfully blended into a one-of-a-kind vacation destination. The cosmopolitan atmosphere attracts a youthful population from all over the world eager to indulge in the glamorous lifestyle and tackle the exciting adventures that range from indoor skiing to dolphinariums.
The Palm Islands
As if having the world’s tallest skyscrapers with the world’s fastest elevators overlooking the world’s largest man-made harbour isn’t enough, Dubai has embarked on ambitious projects to create artificial islands in the calm waters of the Persian Gulf. Designed to serve as a luxury retreats with planned communities, seven star hotels and spectacular amusements open to the public, these islands are in various stages of development.
The first artificial island opened in late 2008 was the Palm Jumeirah which boasts the $1.5 billion resort called Atlantis. Launched with a spectacular fireworks display that could be seen from space, the development features luxury accommodations, world class restaurants and bars, high-end shopping and fitness centres along with activities from water slides to skis slopes to golf courses.
At the Aquaventure water play area, you can slide down the “Leap of Faith” water slide that plummets down the recreation of an ancient ziggurat. Ride the wave river through whitewater rapids, over waterfalls and take a water elevator to the top of a water slide tower for a thrilling finale.
Check out the Ambassador Lagoon where you can walk through the maze of Lost Chambers to watch the creatures of the deep glide the replicas of ancient ruins behind Plexiglas barriers. Outside in the Dolphin Bay Lagoon you will find seven inter-connected pools where rescued dolphins are eager to play with friendly humans while they recuperate before returning to the open sea.
Kids love the special programmes designed for all ages that are offered day or night including the “Club Rush” area for teenagers. Adults appreciate the 17 fine restaurants and the tastefully decorated rooms packed with amenities like bathtubs filled with falling water from overhead nozzles. The whole family will enjoy the 65 km of pristine beach where you can sign up for water sports like windsurfing, kayaking or tackling a floating climbing wall.
The Atlantis Palm is located at the crest of the Palm Jumeirah Island offering spectacular views of the Persian Gulf on one side and the skyline of Dubai on the other. A handy monorail connects the island to the mainland where you can board the metro, bus line or embark on a bus tour of the city.