Two things to tell you about Dubai right now:
Both are spectacular, of course, and a reason to get your butt on a flight to Dubai right now.
In Dubai it’s all about water. Because remember in the scorching deserts of the Arabian Peninsula, possessing water separates life from death. And the Atlantis, Dubai’s latest and possibly greatest luxury hotel to date, water is used so much, you feel like you’re living in it. It’s a plaything. It flows in ridiculous, endless quantities, simply for the pleasure of it.
The hotel is anchored in a three-story aquarium, with aÂ thin layer of glass separating me from 2.9 million gallons of water and sharks of course. On your next flight to dubai, take the kids, they’ll love this.
And then there’s the pools for the humans. Just a short stroll away from the sharks there’s two oasis-sized swimming pools. A few minutes beyond them is the entrance to…drum roll please!!!! Aquaventure, a 42-acre water park filled with slides and pools. And beyond that dolphins wait to swim with guests in an 11-acre saltwater enclosure. OMG!!! Your kids will absolutely kill you if you don’t take them on your next flight to dubai. Even if it’s for a weekend getaway, take your kids with you on your next dubai flight.
Now sure, every luxury hotel is expected to have its share of pools and fountains — and that would especially apply in a place that takes the mythological sunken island of Atlantis as its theme — but the United Arab Emirates relies on desalination for more than 70% of its freshwater supply. And here’s where you can really be amazed:Â The entire site — the hotel, even the land it sits on — was more than 33 feet under the surface of the Persian Gulf eight years ago.
Today, the Atlantis holds the prime spot on the outer rim of the Palm Jumeirah, a man-made island that juts from the coast of Dubai. The engineers used 122.9 million cubic yards of sand and millions of tons of rock, and fashioned the land to a palm tree-shaped island encircled by a massive habitable breakwater.
It’s expected that the Palm Jumeirah will one day support 30 hotels, several marinas and shopping centers and tens of thousands of residents.
Two things about the Atlantis are immediately obvious.Â The hotel is huge and very, very pink. It’s just like its sister hotel in the Bahamas, Atlantis, Paradise Island, both of which are owned by South African property magnate Sol Kerzner.
Built at an estimated cost of $1.5 billion, the 1,539-room Atlantis spans an area 85 times the size of a football field. The place is so large that a complimentary shuttle takes guests, most bearing maps, from one side to the other.
The Atlantis aims for the wow factor right from the start, with lush, terraced water gardens at the entry and an ornate, high-vaulted lobby. Your children will love the decorative sea-creature carvings, shell engravings on the pillars, cartoon-like murals, a towering glass sculpture. It’s like stepping onto the set of a live version of “The Little Mermaid.”
For the real players, there’s the $25,000-a-night suite that spans the bridge connecting the Atlantis’ two accommodation towers.
Breakfast isÂ of course as indulgent as all the rest, but there’s quality there too. Fresh fruit, lovely pastries get you ready and pumped for your time in AQUAVENTURE!!!
Yes, with more than 1.25 miles of water slides, streams and 6 1/2 -foot rapids drawing on about 4.7 million gallons of fresh, cold liquid gold, your kids will love you for life.
At the center of the water park is a towering 98-foot-high ziggurat, the launching pad for half a dozen slides of varying degrees of scariness.
There’s a vertical nine-story drop on the Leap of Faith and a gentle tube ride, both of which send you through tunnels in a shark-filled lagoon.
Surrounding the tower is a network of pools connected by meandering rivers and water escalators, meaning you almost never have to get off your inner tube.
Seeing everything takes hours, it’s a destination in itself which is great, right? It’s too hot to do much else.
Except maybe eating. The hotel’s Lebanese restaurant, Levantine, is one of 11 casual and formal dining choices, and is the best Arabic food you’ll ever eat. The service is faultless, the details, the care is epic. Book some cheap flights to dubai to see how they kick it up a notch in every department.
It’s expensive but if you book flight to dubai now and even later into the summer, rates drop as low as $245 a night. It’s also a great time to find other deals which you will be amazed at if you hit the Dubai Shopping festival which is just now getting underway.
Dubai Shopping Festival was getting underway.
Yes, it’s hot as hell, but how can anyone pass up shopping in this great, big bazaar, or souk, of a city that is tax-free?
The 32-day festival started last week with Sheik Mohammed ibn Rashid setting offÂ a massive fire- and water-works display at the Dubai Festival City mall.
This year, 40 malls and many other shopping venues are participating, slashing prices up to 75%. There will be concerts, dance performances and prizes. A few years ago, an 11-year-old girl from South India won 100 kilos of gold — about 220 pounds — in a raffle. At $900 an ounce, that’s about a $3.2-million windfall.
YEAH!!! Can you imagine? The kids wins, the wife wins and that means, the husband wins. Right? Book your flights to dubai today we’ve got great deals.