Take a look inside the resort where Beyoncé performed live for the first time years

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  • Published on January 25, 2023
  • Last Updated March 17, 2023
  • In Places

The grand opening of Atlantis The Royal, Dubai’s newest ultra-luxury resort, was unveiled last weekend, and Beyoncé wowed the crowd and social media.

This weekend marked the grand reveal of the long-awaited ultra-luxury Dubai resort, Atlantis The Royal, and everything sparkled. Over a thousand A-listers and VIPs from all around the globe flew into Dubai for the resort’s majestic, private unveiling. The three-day event was covered with opulent vibes and experiences like gourmet fare prepared by Michelin-starred chefs, rooftop parties, fascinating performances, lavish settings, and other forms of pure extravagance.

The major highlight featured Beyoncé’s first live performance since 2018 and a dope fireworks display was set off to the sounds of Swedish House Mafia. The Queen made a phenomenal return, and social media was inundated with videos of her lavish stage production, which even included her daughter Blue Ivy.

Here are some of the highlights that some of the resort’s distinguished invited guests loved, and some of our own favorite observations as well.

The newest skyline masterpiece in Dubai

Nestled on the crescent of Palm Jumeirah, the world-famous palm tree-shaped man-made island, “Atlantis the Royal” looks out over the fronds of the island and the azure waters of the Arabian Sea. The structure’s design, by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates of New York City, is nothing short of astounding. Its colossal, yet intricate, curves lead the eye toward the water, where blocks of suites are layered subtly onto one another, and windows flood the interiors with light.

Compared to its neighboring sister property, Atlantis The Palm, it has a very different concept. The Royal is much more neutral and contemporary than The Palm, which is rose and statuesque. Despite the presence of a plethora of gold and marble inside, it is stylishly toned down in contrast to what one might reasonably expect from an ultra-luxurious Dubai resort.

All surfaces are gleaming thanks to the staff’s painstaking efforts to remove fingerprints and smudges, as noted by Condé Nast Traveler. The rooms are similarly light and airy, with plush white beds, dark wood sliding doors, and a sprinkling of gold. Each room features a private balcony and floor-to-ceiling windows that reveal views of the sea, the island, or both Dubai’s skyline and the island in the distance.

This story was originally published January 25, 2023 2:46 PM.