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Dubai’s newest resort, Atlantis The Royal, will open on January 21, with guests expected to start from February 10.
The resort unveiled its architectural and interior designs as a team of leading international designers, architects and artists designed the resort, which consists of 43 floors and spans an area of 406 thousand square meters.
The huge resort building is characterized by its exceptional dimensions, as it stretches 500 meters long and 178 meters high, in addition to its uniqueness in the concept of the hanging garden. The resort sits on the outer crescent of The Palm Island, a location that offers two distinct views across the waterfront, to the Arabian Gulf, and to the protected lagoon of The Palm Island and the Dubai skyline.
The Atlantis The Royal Resort was designed by Kohn Pedersen-Fox Associates, one of the world’s leading architectural firms. The company is known for its distinction, modern innovation and creative designs for many iconic buildings and destinations around the world, most notably the Hudson Yards neighborhood in New York, the largest private real estate development in the history of the United States and Covent Garden, one of the busiest and most central areas in London.
The company also designed 6 of the 12 tallest towers in the world, including the Shanghai World Financial Center, the Ping An Financial Center in Shenzhen, China, and the Lotte World Tower in Seoul, South Korea; In addition to a number of the world’s most important hotels, such as the Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong Hotel, the Rosewood Hong Kong Hotel on Victoria Harbour, and the Rosewood Bangkok Hotel.
The design of Atlantis The Royal Resort reflects the classic form of the Atlantis, The Palm Resort, which is also the neighboring resort belonging to the Atlantis brand, adding a modern feel in line with the architecture of the Dubai skyline. The design takes the form of a group of blocks, a reimagining of traditional sculpted towers, each offering a customized experience.
The resort consists of 6 towers connected by a suspension bridge 90 meters long and 33 meters wide, in addition to the presence of light openings between the blocks, making the building a beautiful landmark that illuminates the horizon at night. Cone Pedersen Fox Associates gave the resort a visual identity that is both simple and elegant, as it evokes grand arches and porticoes of Roman aqueducts that frame the sun and sky as part of the design.
The interior design of the resort was undertaken by JA Group, one of the most famous interior design companies for residences and luxury hotels, which has designed a number of world-famous hotels, such as the W Shanghai Hotel, Corinthia Hotel London, W Hotel Taipei, Palace Hotel Tokyo and the upcoming First Hotel Mayfair.
The group was inspired by the resort’s interior designs from the Bedouin customs of the ancient inhabitants of the Arabian desert, who were known for their generosity and hospitality, and their reliance on the water sources that formed the lifeblood of the desert during their journeys of thousands . kilometers between the sand dunes. Therefore, the resort celebrates water as an expression of Bedouin appreciation for the rare springs in the desert, as it is full of water displays, along with sculptures and colorful paintings that guide guests to discover the resort.
Prominent among these works of art is the 11.5 meter high Drops sculpture located in the reception hall, depicting the first raindrop in the arid desert; As well as the two Diluig lifts, which transport guests between parts of the resort through the flowing water. The lighting fixtures in the elevator areas simulate heavy rain clouds, in addition to hundreds of lamps delicately suspended from the lobby ceilings to mimic the shape of a raindrop.
The resort’s fountains and water features were designed by WITT, the world-renowned water feature design company that has designed major tourist attractions around the world such as the Bellagio Fountains and the record-breaking HSBC Whirlpool at Jewel Changi Airport. Water shows accompany guests during their walk inside the main axis of the resort, leading them from the first step, passing through the Fire Falls waterfall and ending with the Sky Blaze fountain, the signature climatic experience.
Water displays include: Fire Falls, which consists of two walls of highly reflective glass surrounded by flowing water and embraced by programmable fire pillars; and the Dilog Show, which consists of two cylindrical glass elevators immersed in flowing water along 3 floors; In addition to Sky Blaze, the Water and Fire Fountain is 28 meters long and includes a large number of water formations, fireworks, lights and music shows.
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