Gem in the Desert: A Look Inside Dubai’s $1.4 Billion Hotel Residential Property - The Scene

The residential apartments in the tower, with prices ranging from $2 million to $49 million (including Dubai’s most expensive unit), have all sold out. 

While Dubai’s desert landscape is already peppered with gravity-defying skyscrapers, the city is set to take it up a notch. 

After 14 years of construction, luxury hotel developer Kerzner International is opening Atlantis The Royal Resort & Residences in November 2022. The $1.4 billion property will include 795 rooms, 92 swimming pools, and 18 restaurants within its 43-story (185 meters) structure.

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Grand amenities

In addition, its 3,000 square meters wellness facility caters to overall well-being through physical and mental health services. It will have 17 treatment rooms, a styling salon, and a six-room Hammam Sensorium for beauty and spa amenities. 

The food and beverage outlets are also not typical. Out of the 18 bars and restaurants, eight are by award-winning chefs. The roster includes: Michelin-awarded tapas by Jose Andres, Mediterranean cuisine by chef Costas Spiliadis, modern British dishes by Heston Blumenthal, and Persian flavors by Ariana Bundy at their respective restaurants.

On the ground floor, guests and residents have access to a private beachfront. The 2-kilometer stretch extends to the Atlantis resort on Palm Jumeirah (their sister property) and is Dubai’s most extensive privately-owned beachfront. 

Renowned designers

Atlantis The Royal’s architecture is by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF). The New York-based firm has designed significant projects such as South Korea’s Dongdaegu Transportation Hub, Amazon’s UK head office, Amsterdam’s World Trade Center, Los Angeles’ Petersen Automotive Museum, and Abu Dhabi’s International Airport. 

For the luxury interiors, one of the world’s leading interior architects, Sybille de Margerie, leads the project. With a vision to “modernize the traditional” and “provide a different luxury experience,” she commissioned artists with different mediums. 

Handcrafted art made of porcelain, embroidery, fabrics, and 22-carat gold-gilded walls decorate the property’s interiors. 

Boosting tourism

Interestingly, the residential apartments in the tower, with prices ranging from $2 million to $49 million (including Dubai’s most expensive unit), have all sold out. 

Later this year, the property’s opening gives Dubai’s tourism an optimistic outlook after its plummet due to COVID. According to Bloomberg, Dubai expected 27 million visitors last year but only received 7.28 million. 

Even with the World Expo held in Dubai, which began last October, it failed to reach pre-pandemic statistics. 

 “The tourism industry is much bigger than oil and gas in Dubai,” Kostas Nikolaidis, who focuses on global hospitality data and insights analytics, tells the publication. “Iconic hotels like this not only bolster the image of the destination but can also often stimulate new demand.” 

Images from Atlantis The Royal’s website.

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