Steve Kaiser, Vice President of Marine Science and Engineering, Atlantis and Serge Zaalof, Chief Operating Officer, Atlantis, during the press conference
Atlantis, The Palm invites guests and residents to contribute to the conservation of the ocean on 11 June to celebrate World Oceans Day. Take the opportunity to help protect our oceans for the future by bringing in 2 carrier bags of plastics to the Dolphin Bay car park at Atlantis from 8am to 9pm on 11 June. In return, a complimentary child ticket (accompanied with a paid adult entry) to The Lost Chambers will be given away for every 2 carrier bags of plastics collected. The ticket will be valid till 30 September 2011. The ‘Trash to Homes’ project, in partnership with Ecosol, a local recycling company, will collect all plastics and transform them into artificial reefs that will be lowered into the ocean. The objective is to provide shelter and protection for the local marine life and over time establish habitats for corals and reef eco-systems. The reef will be placed in accordance to EHS (the Environment, Health and Safety) guidelines in a marine protected area.
The theme for World Ocean’s Day this year is ‘Youth: The Next Wave of Change’, aiming to reach out to young people and inspire them to help conserve the ocean for the future as the preservation of the wealth and beauty of the ocean is in their hands! The Lost Chambers will be having exhibit ‘Creature Feature’ talks and Aquatheatre, presenting informative facts of the ocean and how we can do our part to conserve it and fun face paintings for kids. At The Lost Chambers, guests can discover the mazes of underground tunnels and passageways, bringing you into close contact with the myth and the advanced inventions of the ancient Atlanteans. Along the way, touch tanks filled with starfish and pencil urchins, both found in local Arabian waters, and horse shoe crabs, the spiders of the sea, allow you to touch, feel and interact with sea life.
“World Oceans Day provides us an opportunity to create the awareness of how all of us can contribute to preserving the ocean’s habitat and its marine life for the future. It is important to reach out and educate the youth of today to understand how their daily actions will affect the future environment of the oceans,” says Steve Kaiser, Vice President of Marine Science and Engineering, Atlantis, The Palm. He added that Atlantis, The Palm works closely with the Kerzner Marine Foundation (KMF), which is a private nonprofit foundation that fosters the preservation and enhancement of global marine ecosystems through scientific research, education, and community outreach.
At Dolphin Bay, there will be special screenings on the protection of the oceans and educational talks of ocean conservation. Dolphin Bay comprises of a state-of-the-art dolphin education centre and interaction habitat which was created to bring enlightenment and education to visitors about one of the oceans most fascinating and memorable inhabitants. Atlantis guests have the opportunity to meet and interact with one of the world’s most charismatic animals in an unparalleled encounter programme that is enriching for both the guests and the dolphins.
In-line with the youth outreach theme for World Oceans Day, the Atlantis Kids Club will hosts a special Oceans Day Evening Adventure, where kids can learn more about the wonders of the ocean and how our daily actions can affect them and how we are all interconnected. Starting at 6.30pm, kids will be treated to educational videos, ocean-themed movies, arts and crafts, activities and games ending at 10.30pm. This evening adventure is priced at AED 200 per child, for ages 3 to 12 years old. Bookings can be made by calling +971 4 426000.
Atlantis, The Palm takes corporate social responsibility seriously, and the resort has participated in a variety of community and philanthropic initiatives. The resort takes this opportunity to celebrate World Oceans Day by encouraging the community to make a difference towards the environment of the oceans and its habitats,” says Serge Zaalof, Chief Operating Officer, Atlantis, The Palm.
In support of World Oceans Day, all Atlantis team members will wear a special fish shaped ‘Wear Blue Tell Two’ ribbon that will enable them to engage with guests in educating them with two interesting facts about the ocean and to spread the conservation message across.