Atlantis, the Palm - Resort on the Palm Jumeirah Dubai
Atlantis, the Palm is a resort on
the Palm Jumeirah in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It is a joint venture
between Kerzner International Limited and Istithmar PSJC and was completed in September
2008. The architectural design is based heavily on the Atlantis Resort in
resort consists of two towers linked by a bridge, with a total of
approximately two thousand rooms. There are two monorail stations
connecting the resort to the main section of the Palm Jumeirah islands. The
resort also includes a water theme park (160,000 square meters), a conference center, and 20,000 square feet (1,900 m2) of retail space.
October 2007, the hotel received a shipment of 28 bottlenose
dolphins from the Solomon
Islands, to be used as part of their aquarium exhibit, called Dolphin Bay.
move was decried by several environmental groups, particularly for the fact
that the export of dolphins had earlier been banned by the Solomon Islands
government (after a similar controversial shipment to Mexico). Hotel
managers have said that though the dolphins are being trained to interact
with visitors, they will not appear in any sort of show or circus-like
performance. They have also stated that the health of the dolphins is
paramount, and because the bottlenose is not an endangered species, their
shipment did not pose a problem. The deal was done with the approval of the
United Arab Emirates and Solomon Island governments, through the company
Solomon Islands Marine Mammal Education Centre and Exporters Limited (who
had successfully overturned the earlier ban in court). The amount of money
paid for the dolphins has not been disclosed.