Fire at Atlantis won’t delay opening, says developer

The developer of the Atlantis in Dubai are determined to open the hotly-anticipated hotel to the public, despite a fire that caused serious damage to lobby.
Developer Nakheel and staff at the luxury hotel say they can overcome the significant challenges to rebuild Atlantis The Palm’s lobby.

As well as final preparations to the hotel, the ‘to do’ list of repairs now includes rebuilding the domed roof, cleaning damaged curtains and carpets, replacing lobby computers, pumping out water from lift shafts, clearing away burnt debris and cleaning the hotel’s blackened exterior arches.

Ninety per cent of the lobby is made of stone, so the flames only affected two major carpets, both of which have been removed for cleaning.

“First of all the water was pumped out of the lobby and the public spaces,” Atlanits manager Alan Leibman told Business 24/7. “Amazingly, the front desk was left perfectly intact and more importantly, the Chihuly hand-blown glass centrepiece, which was shipped to Dubai in June in 231 boxes, was also untouched.”

Overall, experts say it will cost up to US $20 million in restoration, replacement and labour to correct the damage at Atlantis The Palm.