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Mice Asia Net : January 2009
dubai party Story by BRAD FOSTER time The economic crisis may be on everyone’s lips but not on those in Dubai. expecting a fallout from the global credit crunch, particularly from its long-standing clients from the UK and Europe, with UK big- spenders expected to curb spending in line with the government’s recessionary measures. be that as it may, Dubai knows how to throw a party – and a big one at that. they proved it once more in late 2008 with the official opening of the first resort on the Palm Jumeirah – Atlantis, the Palm. the launch event for the 1539-room resort was said to have cost US$20 million, which included a fireworks display seven times larger than the fireworks of the beijing olympics, and performances by Kylie Minogue and Middle-Eastern pop sensation Nawal in front of 2000 guests including Lindsay Lohan, Mary-Kate olsen, robert DeNiro, Janet Jackson and oprah. the highly-anticipated party was hosted by international hotelier, Sol Kerzner, Chairman of Kerzner International and H.E Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, Executive Chairman of Nakheel, the developers and operators of Atlantis, the Palm, to introduce Palm Jumeirah and the Atlantis brand to the world. Kylie Minogue opened her 60-minute performance with on a Night Like this, wearing a black and gold Jean-Paul Gaultier creation, designed specifically and exclusively for the occasion and closed with better the Devil you Know. Guests dined on signature dishes prepared by Atlantis’ multi Michelin- starred chefs, Santi Santamaria, Michel rostang, Giorgio Locatelli and celebrity chef Nobu Matsuhisa, before heading to the exclusive royal Afterglow party with top US DJ, Samantha ronson. W 42 mice.net hile probably not a true reflection of how things are, Dubai it seems is in pretty good shape and continuing to function at breakneck speed. Some hoteliers are International guests for the three-day series of events also engaged in the resort’s activities including: Dolphin bay, Aquaventure Water Park, the Lost Chambers, the Atlantis Spa and the resort’s royal pool. Atlantis hosted an exclusive cocktail party in the resort’s royal towers Lobby on one evening and closed the event with a culinary tour dinner in the resort’s restaurants followed by an after party at the resort’s private nightclub, Sanctuary. Atlantis, the Palm was created by Kerzner International Holdings Limited, a leading international developer and operator of destination resorts. With its enviable location atop the crescent of the Palm Jumeirah, the opening of Atlantis, the Palm continues to redefine tourism in Dubai as it is the area’s first truly integrated entertainment resort. reflecting Executive Chairman Sol Kerzner’s vision to transport guests into a dazzling, imaginative world, the resort encompasses a 46-hectare site with 17 hectares of water themed amusement at Aquaventure, extensive fresh and salt-water pools and lagoon exhibits, an open-air marine habitat, a seemingly endless stretch of beach, luxury boutiques, numerous dining choices including four celebrity chef restaurants, an exciting nightclub, a spa and fitness club, and 5600 square metres of meeting and function space. the property has one suite which costs US$35,000 per night. New for InterContinental In 2008 the InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) launched two new properties on the bank of the historic creek in Dubai Festival City. the elegant InterContinental Dubai Festival City and the superior upscale Crowne Plaza Dubai Festival City are described as being among the latest luxury hotels to open in Dubai. the 36-floor InterContinental Dubai Festival City has quickly become