Monday, March 26, 2012
Make Atlantis, The Palm Your Wedding Paradise
Take advantage of the variety of stunning venues and new packages
Dubai, United Arab Emirates (26th March 2012) Atlantis, The Palm offers an enviable selection of indoor and outdoor wedding venues, sure to please the fussiest bride. Whether it is a barefoot ceremony on the beach, a lavish reception for family and friends, a timeless white wedding or something out of the ordinary, Atlantis, The Palm, provides the ultimate canvas to transform these visions into reality. The resort’s five exciting new wedding packages will give couples plenty of options to make it personalized and special.
For those looking for a grand reception, Asateer and the opulent Atlantis Ballroom are the perfect choices. Seating up to 1500, Asateer, meaning ‘myth’ in Arabic, is the embodiment of luxury. It features 11 metre high ceilings, spectacular beach and Dubai city skyline views and a private valet parking area. The opulent Atlantis Ballroom, which seats up to 2,500 cocktail style offers guests floor to ceiling windows running the length of the walls, with mesmerizing views of the Royal Beach, The Palm and the Dubai Skyline. The Atlantis Ballroom also offers direct access to The Royal Terrace, where guests have a vista of the twinkling lights of the Marina. Both have their own private entrance and valet parking for 650 is available just steps from each venue. Alternatively, one of the most popular options is the intimate landscaped gardens of Dolphin Bay Hill or the idyllic Dolphin Bay Beach, which offers a magical outdoor setting for an unlimited number of guests. The view is unique and the venue is private and tranquil.
A number of smaller, more intimate venues are available for couples to choose from for the wedding of their dreams. The elegant Silk and Spice Ballrooms, which each seat up to 300, are the ideal indoor locations with multimedia support and a spacious outdoor terrace. The picture perfect Palm Grove is a beautiful private area with a capacity for 100 guests. For a slightly larger party, Barracudas in Aquaventure – the resort’s 17 hectare water park, features heart-stopping underwater slides though shark infested water – comfortably hosts up to 250. The Lost Chambers offers a truly a unique option for a cocktail party of 100 guests surrounded by the underwater marine life.
Atlantis also provides the perfect location for pampering hen nights, traditional henna parties and fun-studded bachelor parties in the run up to the big day, as well as the honeymoon afterwards, with experiences including 19 restaurants featuring world-renowned chefs such as Giorgio Locatelli, Michel Rostang and Nobu as well as ShuiQi Spa & Fitness which is the only spa in Dubai to offer Shiseido treatments, including two signature treatments specially designed for the resort.
Ruby Package – AED 300 per person
The Ruby package includes a venue (venue choices are based on the number of people in the wedding party), a choice of menu (buffet or family style), a special ceremonial wedding cake, choice of linens (overlays, chair covers and chair bows), complimentary valet parking, as well as complimentary entry to Aquaventure and The Lost Chambers for the couple. Couples will have a dedicated wedding planner to listen, share ideas, and guide through the essentials as well as little touches, to ensure that even the smallest of details are taken care of. The complimentary 5% extra discount a complimentary menu tasting for 5 guests makes this an easy choice. Finally, a romantic night in Atlantis, inclusive of honeymoon amenities and breakfast the following morning, complete the Ruby Package.
Sapphire Package – AED 340 per person
The Sapphire package includes all of the above, plus a few extra special touches, including a photoshoot for the bride and groom around the resort to ensure beautiful memories of the special day, a basic stage set up, and guaranteed late check-out at 3.00 pm.
Emerald Package – AED 380 per person
With the Emerald package, the newlyweds will also receive a complimentary LCD projector and screen (applicable for indoor venues only), signature Atlantis mocktails during the cake cutting ceremony and a dinner voucher for the bride and groom to return to Atlantis to celebrate their first anniversary in addition to all elements of the Sapphire package.
Diamond Package – AED 430 per person
For the ultimate dream wedding, the Diamond package includes all elements of the Emerald package as well as a complimentary limousine transfer to a Dubai based home or airport.
Groom’s Wedding Package – AED 300 per person
Finally, an exciting Groom’s Wedding Package is available, including a venue, a choice of menu (buffet or family style), choice of linens (overlays, chair covers and chair bows), complimentary valet parking and complimentary entry to Aquaventure and The Lost Chambers for the couple. Fresh Juices for the VIP head tables of up to 25 seats, a complimentary limousine drop off to a Dubai based home or other hotel, one night stay in Atlantis inclusive of honeymoon amenities and breakfast, and finally, Majlis for the gents wedding reception.
Please note that all above packages are subject to a minimum spend of AED 60,000.
About Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai
Atlantis, The Palm is a 1,539 room, ocean-themed destination resort located at the centre of the crescent of The Palm in Dubai. This US$1.5 billion joint venture project was developed with Dubai Government owned, Istithmar. Opened in September 2008, the resort utilises the 46 hectares site with 17 hectares of water park amusement, further marine and entertainment attractions and a collection of some of the most renowned world-class chefs including Nobu, Giorgio Locatelli, and Michel Rostang. Atlantis, The Palm offers an unprecedented entertainment centre, an impressive collection of luxury boutiques and shops and extensive meeting and convention facilities. It is home to one of the largest open-air marine habitats in the world, with some 65,000 marine animals in lagoons and displays including The Lost Chambers, a maze of underwater corridors and passageways providing a journey through ancient Atlantis.
Friday, March 23, 2012
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
UK health authorities issue Shisha health warning
A coalition of the UK’s leading public health bodies, led by Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, has issued a health warning about the dangers of shisa smoking.
Shisha smokers inhaling flavoured tobacco through waterpipes at cafes have become a common sight on city streets across the UK.
Mr Ian Gray, world renowned tobacco control campaigner and CIEH Principal Policy Officer said:
“Our members are growing increasingly concerned at the rising numbers of commercially operated shisha cafes which are both providing and promoting shisha smoking.
“While our primary concern is to ensure that the operators of these establishments comply with the law, we are also concerned that people smoking shisha need to be properly informed about the risks.
“So great are our concerns that we have produced a guidance document which includes descriptions of the health hazards associated with smoking waterpipes.”
Dr Mike Knapton, associate medical director at the British Heart Foundation (BHF), said:
“Contrary to popular belief, shisha is not safer than smoking cigarettes. Don’t be duped by the sweet smell and wholesome sounding fruity flavours, if you use shisha you are a smoker and that means you’re putting your health at risk.
“It’s linked to the same serious and life-threatening diseases as cigarettes and there are added risks because you often smoke it for far longer than you would a cigarette, and you’re also exposed to toxins from the wood or charcoal used to burn the tobacco.”
Shisha smoking is linked to the same kinds of diseases as cigarette smoking including heart disease, cancer, respiratory disease and problems during pregnancy. Yet more than one in ten (13%) UK adults surveyed for the BHF thought there were no health harms from using shisha, and just 43 per cent knew shisha could contain tobacco.
Freedom of Information data from 133 local authorities in major towns and cities across the UK shows 53 per cent have – or have had - a shisha cafe since 2007, while more than 40 per cent have seen a rise in the number of shisha cafes since the smoking ban came into force.
This is in stark contrast to the steady decline in cigarette smokers in the UK and has prompted the BHF to urge people to find out the facts about shisha, which is also known as hookah, hubbly bubbly and narghile, as part of its No Smoking campaign.
The charity is concerned thousands of people who attempt to quit smoking may still be putting their health at risk by using shisha, and that the rising number of shisha cafes could provide a new gateway for people to start smoking and become addicted to tobacco.
Almost everyone surveyed for the BHF were unaware that during a typical hour-long shisha session, you can inhale the same amount of smoke as from more than 100 tobacco cigarettes. A total of 84 per cent of respondents thought it was 10 cigarettes or fewer.
The survey results also showed shisha is most popular among young people with more than a quarter (27%) of 18 to 24 year olds saying they’d used it.
Worryingly, misconceptions about the dangers of shisha were highest among this group and those aged 25-34 with 15 per cent each believing there were no health harms from shisha at all while 44 per cent of the younger adults thought it was less harmful than cigarettes.
By comparison, 17 per cent of overall respondents thought shisha was less harmful than cigarettes.
The data showed shisha is no longer a pastime for perceived specific community groups alone, with almost one in ten (8%) people of white ethnicity saying they’d used it.
The survey also showed almost one in ten (9%) former cigarette smokers have used shisha as well as almost one in ten (8%) non-smokers.
Sunday, March 11, 2012
Saturday, March 10, 2012
Dubai, UAE, 10th March 2012
Caption 1: Group shot Snow Patrol at Sandance
Dubai crowds enjoy headline act Snow Patrol, at Sandance, at Atlantis, The Palm. Sandance is the resort’s beach-side music festival, overlooking Dubai. It has just been announced that Kaiser Chiefs are to headline the next Sandance on April 6.
Caption 2: Lead singer of Snow Patrol shots
Gary Lightbody, lead singer of UK band Snow Patrol, thrills fans at Sandance music festival, at Atlantis, The Palm in Dubai. It has just been announced that Kaiser Chiefs are to headline the next Sandance on April 6.
Caption 3: Calvin Harris
Calvin Harris thrills fans at Sandance music festival, at Atlantis, The Palm in Dubai. It has just been announced that Kaiser Chiefs are to headline the next Sandance on April 6.
Sandance is Atlantis, The Palm in Dubai’s day-to-night music festival, held on the resort’s Sandance Beach. A showcase of international acts, Sandance starts with chill out sounds on the beach in the afternoon, with the tempo rising after sunset, continuing until the early hours. International and local guest enjoy incredible music festival atmosphere, as the world’s best acts perform overlooking the spectacular Dubai skyline.
Sandance is Atlantis, The Palm’s day-to-night music festival, held on the resort’s spectacular Sandance Beach, overlooking Dubai.