Dubai's Eye-Popping Resort Debuts Despite Crisis
Globe in a growing financial meltdown?
Great time to throw a $20 million party to open a $1.5 billion resort!
Last night in Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates -- the Vegas of the Arab world -- the Atlantis Resort opened with a massive party that laughed at the current economic crisis.
Guests included Robert de Niro, Michael Jordan, Charlize Theron and an all-star cast of crisis-deniers.
(CNBC's Erin Burnett revealed on-air today that she got an invitation but didn't go. That's just crazy talk, girlfriend.)
The party concluded with a fireworks display that was supposed to be able to have been seen from space.
That makes sense because the man-made, palm-shaped island on which the Atlantis sits, definitely can be seen from space.
What's Atlantis got? Everything.
The rooms go for as much as $35,000 per night and come with their own butler and chef. Many have a glass wall view of the massive aquarium (sharks!) at the heart of the hotel.
Pretty much all you need to know about the resort is that it has a full-sized ziggurat inspired by the pre-Colombian peoples of Central America that doubles as ... a water slide.
The massive terra-forming project has been called "pharonic," but even the ancient Egyptian pharaohs didn't imagine a water slide down the side of the Great Pyramid at Giza.
But it's never too late. That is, if Egypt hopes to compete with Dubai for tourism dollars.
November 21, 2008; 4:54 PM ET
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