Fire at Dubai's luxury Atlantis hotel
Dubai's most extravagant hotel to date has been damaged by a fire.
It broke out in the lobby of the Atlantis hotel early this morning. No one was hurt and there were no guests staying there, but all the workers had to be evacuated.
In a statement the hotel owners told Times Online: "There was limited damage to the external roof and lobby dome this morning as a result of a contained fire at Atlantis, Palm Jumeirah resort."
They added: "Atlantis will open on time on 24 September 2008".
The hotel will be the first to open on The Palm, a man-made island off the coast of the UAE that is shaped like a palm tree. It was touted as one of the emirate's most extravagant hotels to date, featuring a water park, aquarium, 1,500 guest rooms and 16 restaurants.