Coming soon to the famous manmade Palm Jumeirah islands of Dubai, a $1.8 billion (CAD) luxury resort and residence project known as Royal Atlantis is set to redefine the local skyline. Designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates for the Investment Corporation of Dubai, the 43-storey, 795-room, 231-unit hotel and residences will take up a massive 10-hectare plot of prime waterfront land. The luxury development will have no less than 65 outdoor swimming pools, including the signature Skypool, which will be perched more than 100 metres above grade.

Royal Atlantis, image via Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates

Part resort hotel, part luxury residences, Royal Atlantis will spare no expense in terms of delivering top-tier amenities to its guests and residents. The plentiful pools, not to mention live palm trees and indoor activity rooms, restaurants, and lounges explain the high ticket price attached to this development, and reflect the return on investment that the project is expected to garner.

Rooftop pool deck, Royal Atlantis, image via Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates

With room to accommodate approximately 1,500 guests and residents, the Royal Atlantis hotel and residence will bring a considerable influx of activity to the Palm Jumeirah islands. The manmade landmass is as much a triumph of modern engineering as it is a symbol of the type of conspicuous wealth that has defined the development of Dubai in recent decades. Set to open in 2018, the new development will soon become a prime destination for those looking to live the high life.

Royal Atlantis, close-up view of residences, image via Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates

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