A new ultra-luxury resort, Atlantis The Royal, was unveiled in a Grand Reveal event held over the weekend in Dubai and attended by over a thousand select guests including a number of A-list celebrities.
The highlight of the weekend was a 60-minute performance by Beyoncé on Saturday night – her first live show since 2018. Her performance was accompanied by Firdaus, a 48-person all-female orchestra, mentored by Academy Award-winning composer, A R Rahman.
Her performance was followed by a fireworks and drone show, with Swedish House Mafia then taking to the stage to entertain guests.
The weekend also featured the grand opening events of Nobu and pan-Asian restaurant Ling Ling and the launch of Kendall Jenner’s 818 Tequila on the resort’s sky pool, Cloud 22.
Some of the other high-profile restaurants set to open at Atlantis The Royal include Nobu by the Beach, Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, Jaleo by José Andrés, Ariana’s Persian Kitchen, La Mar by Gastón Acurio, Estiatorio Milos by Costas Spiliadis and Little Venice Cake Company by Mich Turner. Heston Blumenthal’s inaugural cocktail bar, will feature a 6.5m high jellyfish aquarium, housing 4,000 moon jellies.
The 795-key resort is 43 storeys high and spans 406,000 sqm. The property is 500m-long and 178m-tall and is located on the outer crescent of The Palm Island with views of either the Arabian Gulf or the sheltered lagoon of the Palm Island and the Dubai skyline. The design and architecture partners for the property included Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, WET and G.A Group.
The property has been eight years in the making. It was originally scheduled to be unveiled in November 2022. However, a decision was subsequently communicated in October last year to hold the Grand Reveal weekend in January instead.
Over this weekend’s Grand Reveal, Tim Kelly, managing director of Atlantis Dubai said, “This is it. Our moment to unveil Atlantis The Royal as the world’s most ultra-luxury entertainment resort has arrived. We’re delighted that global superstar Beyoncé was here to launch this extraordinary resort in an unforgettable way – a true icon, launching an icon. We are excited to begin welcoming guests in February and treat them to an experience that will completely redefine their perspective of luxury.”