Atlantis, The Palm in Dubai Set to Dazzle Visitors This Festive Season

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Incredible festive value for residents and guests at the iconic resort

Atlantis the Palm is offering party goers, food lovers, families and marine enthusiasts an unprecedented range of experiences this year throughout the iconic resort. Christmas and New Year’s is the perfect time to enjoy a stay, with enticing room rates and special offers are available in the resort’s 20 restaurants, bars and clubs. Residents can also pop in to the Christmas Shoppe to purchase authentic traditional treats. Children are the center of Christmas cheer, with Club Rush and Kids Club offering festive activities for teens and children. Additionally, the resort’s marine activities are now available as gift vouchers, making the perfect gift. The resort closes the year with another incredible line up at Sandance music festival and a spectacular New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner, both accompanied by impressive fireworks display.

Christmas festivities
For memorable Christmas Eve and Christmas Day celebrations with family and friends, consider an Atlantis gourmet dining experience. Value-packed set menus are available at most of the resort’s 20 restaurants. This includes fine dining at Nobu, Ronda Locatelli and Rostang, as well as an incredible underwater dining experience at Ossiano. Also offering set menus are the award-winning Seafire steakhouse, the spectacular Nasimi Beach, family favourite Kaleidoscope, and Time Out’s Best Brunch 2012 winner Saffron. “We have ensured our restaurants are offering all types of Christmas celebrations,” commented Serge Zaalof, Managing Director of Atlantis the Palm. “We’ve had great feedback from guests that our menus bring the best of a traditional Christmas meal, as well as a range of quality gourmet choices. We continue to strive to offer the perfect Christmas celebration for our guests,” continued Zaalof.

Seafire Christmas Day Brunch will be a sumptuous affair, featuring provider, ‘butcher shop’ and seafood stations, as well as decadent dessert stations, surely to be a hive of activity. On both Christmas and New Year’s Eve, Time Out’s ‘Best Brunch’ 2012 award winner turns on an incredible festive feast, with cuisines from every continent. From the Ice Bar with its freshly shucked and peeled seafood to the Hawker Noodle station, ice cream teppanyaki counter and crepery, Saffron’s winning elements remain. Added joyful surprises include Panetone station, freshly baked cookies and sweets from around the world.

Looking for Christmas on a white sand beach? Nasimi Beach will offer traditional roast turkey with all the trimmings. No restaurant creates a gourmet festive feast for families quite like Ronda Locatelli, with favourites including homemade chestnut ravioli, and pumpkin, burrata cheese and truffle pizza.

The Atlantis Christmas Shoppe will continue to excite visitors with its walls entirely made of gingerbread. This year the team has added more innovative elements and scrumptious treats. “The Christmas Shoppe will be even better and more sublime. We look forward to delighting visitors with a White Christmas Wonderland and offering authentic treats from home. It’s a great place to stop in and stock up for Christmas delicacies such as puddings, cakes and cookies,” commented Chef Philippe Agnes, Executive Pastry Chef and the culinary whiz that leads the team creating the Christmas decadence.

The most unique gift this Christmas will be a gift voucher of the resort’s marine encounters. Gift givers can choose to purchase an Ultimate Dive in The Ambassador Lagoon, a Dolphin Encounter at Dolphin Bay or Shark Safari at Aquaventure. Loved ones will be delighted that you have given them such a special once-in-a-lifetime experience.

A range of festive activities are available for children and teens. Atlantis Kids Club offers the Elf Tuck-In experience for children of all ages staying in the resort. Children will be read a personalized story, tucked in bed and receive a present from one of Santa’s elves. Santa will appear throughout Atlantis’ restaurants and Kids Club, and he has also made time for photos in his sleigh in Poseidon’s Court. On Monday, 23 December, Kids Club will have a Santa-themed workshop whilst Club Rush will celebrate a traditional Christmas.

For charitable festive cheer, the Tree of Hope is placed in The Grand Lobby, with all donations under the tree going to the children from the ‘Al Noor Training Center for Children with Special Needs’.

Why not bring the family to Atlantis for an entertaining break together, with rooms available over Christmas starting from AED2752++ for guests staying a minimum of three nights*.

Bring in the New Year at Atlantis
Travelers and Dubai residents are fast securing their ultimate New Year’s Eve celebrations at the resort. “It is a truly special night in the calendar of Atlantis events,” continued Zaalof. “Some of the world’s most memorable fireworks displays can be witnessed from our 1.4 kilometer beach. Those who wish to ring in the New Year with thousands of revelers and top international artists can attend our Sandance music festival at one end of the resort, whilst at the Gala Dinner, we offer an elegant outdoor dining experience for families, with live entertainment and an exceptional view of the fireworks. Others prefer taking up one of the sumptuous dining packages at our restaurants, offering exceptional value.”

Those attending the New Year’s Gala Dinner will be treated to a feast under the stars. Starting with canapes and aperitifs on arrival, guests will enjoy an incredible selection of gourmet live cooking stations and culinary treats from across the globe. Highlights include the caviar station serving delectable tasters and terrines; Atlantis Lobster and Alaskan King Crab at the seafood raw bar; spicy gazpacho shooters with Fin de Claire oysters at the tapas bar; slow braised leg of veal and classic roasted meats at the carving stations; and desserts to delight young and old, such as the Gummy Bear counter, warm French chocolate extravaganza, and sweet fritter and ice cream stations.

Atlantis restaurants are not to be outdone, providing ‘Gold’, ‘Silver’ and ‘Bronze’ set menu packages to choose from. Stand out dishes include King Crab leg tempura with caviar, eel and passion fruit dressing at Nobu, whilst champagne jelly and soulard Foie Gras brulee catches the eye at Ossiano. Rostang keeps to French tradition but with a twist, offering Gillardeau oysters with citrus caviar or queen scallops ceviche style, alongside French favourites sauteed snails in puff pastry and garlic cream.

Nasimi Beach not only provides incredible views over The Palm and fireworks, but delicious gourmet fare such as wagyu beef strip loin with baked potato mousseline and oxtail ravioli. Levantine is the Arabic entertainment and gourmet hub of Atlantis, featuring standout cold and hot mezzeh selections such as grilled Omani lobster brushed with saffron and Sage butter, grilled king prawns with crushed purple potatoes, shisu cress and mixed mouajanat with lamb sambousek.

Guest rooms are available on New Year’s Eve starting from AED3210++ for guests staying a minimum of five nights and purchasing a festive dining package.**

Sandance on New Year’s Eve will feature London pop princess Rita Ora, singer-songwriter and UK sweetheart Ellie Goulding, globally acclaimed DJ and audio architect Paul Van Dyk, as well as Sandance favourites DJs Roger Sanchez and Zane Lowe.

For festive room booking enquiries contact Atlantis, The Palm on +971 4 426 0000, or visit for more information.

For festive restaurant bookings enquiries contact Atlantis, The Palm on +971 4 426 2626, or visit for more information.

For marine gift voucher enquiries, contact Atlantis, The Palm on +971 4 426 0000.

For Kids Club enquiries, call +971 4 426 0000, email kidsclub(at)atlantisthepalm(dot)com or visit

For Club Rush enquiries, call +971 4 426 0000, email clubrush(at)atlantisthepalm(dot)com or visit

For Sandance bookings, visit
Table bookings for Sandance can by made phone on +971 55 200 4321.

¹Please note that the rates mentioned are for room only, per room, per night and does not include service and authority fees, valid for stays relating to 25 December 2012.

**Please note that the rates mentioned are for room only, per room, per night and does not include service and authority fees, valid for stays relating to 31 December 2012.

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