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Atlantis The Palm

Theme Park Guy Rating: 4.54.54.54.54.5
Date Visited:
January 07, 2008 / June 30, 2008 / September 28, 2008
Website: www.atlantisthepalm.com
Location: View on map
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Review

Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum had another vision: he wanted to have a casino-free version of the amazing Atlantis Paradise Island Bahamas resort on top of his famous 'Palm Jumeirah', an artificial palmtree-shaped island reaching out into the Persian gulf. And lo, there was Atlantis Dubai!

Besides being a picturesque hotel resort looking like a still from a Star Wars trailer, you'll find a brilliant water park and an absolutely marvelous Atlantis-themed aquarium.

'Lost Chambers', the aquarium, really feels like walking through a sunken city with winding caverns punctuated by enormous windows opening out to an aquatic utopia filled with sharks, barracudas and rays.

'Aquaventure', the water park, will make your jaw drop: first with the ticket price and afterwards with the quality of the slides. 'Ziggurat', the centerpiece of the park resembling a Mesopotamian temple, hosts an array of state-of-the-art waterslide choices including water coasters that shoot you up-and-down and 'The Leap of Faith', a steep slide that sends you through a shark-infested pool (in a tunnel, of course).

Highlight for the sluggardly and slothful: escalators which lift you back up to the top of the slides without the need to leave your tube, guaranteeing an endless sliding experience. Another highlight are the 'Rapids', an artifical white-water rafting adventure circumnavigating the whole park.

Both 'Lost Chambers' and 'Aquaventure' are an absolute must when you are in Dubai.

Atlantis The Palm in 2008Atlantis Aquaventure water parkLeap of Faith slide protruding from the central slide towerLeap of Faith slide from aboveLeap of Faith slide POVA faithful leaperClose-upFull speed through the shark tank. You won't see anything!The Leap of Faith ends hereTube slider getting readyAquaventure water coaster slidesThese slides are a lot of fun!Water power pushes the sliders upBurj al Arab hotel in the backgroundSlide conveyor belt for the lazyAquaventure slide tower at nightSlow tube slide through a shark tankSliders and sharksAtlantis hotel seen from the adjoining water parkWhite water river funThe Rapids river rideThe water park has its own stretch of Palm Jumeirah beachEntrance to the 'Lost Chambers'Lost Chambers aquariumMassive fish tankWhale shark in the tankPeople, cameras and giant fishAquaventure tower seen from one of The Palm's frondsAtlantis The Palm under construction, 2007Construction progressedZiggurat slide tower under constructionAtlantis water park construction siteWater coaster slides in the makingAquaventure water park aerial shotAquaventure water park slide tower aerialThe 'Ziggurat' temple slide towerAtlantis Dubai slide towerZiggurat Tower aerial close-upCoaster-shaped slides protruding from the towerAquaventure water park prior to openingAtlantis seen from the Burj Al Arab hotelAtlantis The Palm Jumeirah


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