Burj Al Arab vs. Atlantis, The Palm
Dubai’s two most high-profile hotels go head to head.
Atlantis, The Palm is located on The Palm, Jumeirah, the smallest of three man-made islands in the UAE. According to its website, the hotel offers “relaxation and thrills” for couples and families, as well as unique marine habitats, a water park, white beaches, restaurants, spa, and cosmopolitan boutiques. Room rates range from $800 to an astonishing $35,000 a night. Score: 4
Burj Al Arab is designed to look like a billowing sail and stands at a height of 321 meters. The hotel, the city’s most high-profile landmark, offers white sandy beaches and complimentary access to the Wild Wadi, the water park next door. Room rates range from $1,000 to $28,000 a night. Score: 2
Size and Capacity
Atlantis is made up of 58,000 kilometers of steel bars, the equivalent of nine times the length of the wall of China. It has over 1500 rooms and 17 restaurants. Score: 9
Burj Al Arab is taller than the Eiffel Tower. It has 202 suites. There are no standard rooms. Each suite each two-stories, ranging from 170 square meters to 280 square meters. Score: 8
Atlantis, The Palm’s launch party attracted numerous celebrities including Robert De Niro, Charlize Theron, Sir Richard Branson, Kylie Minogue, Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York. Click here to view the fireworks at the launch.
Burj Al Arab has also attracted many celebrities over the years. Claudia Schiffer was quoted saying that her “favorite hotel is Burj Al Arab in Dubai.” And in 2006, Naomi Campbell’s boyfriend threw a huge bash in Burj Al Arab, renting out all the rooms.
The hotel was launched in 1999. Score: 7
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