By Becca Wilson
With 12 months until opening, Kerzner claim the resort will open on time.
Developer of Atlantis, The Palm, Kerzner, has revealed that the US $1.5bn resort may complete ahead of schedule.
During a recent interview with facilities management Middle East, director of facilities, Martin Molloy, said: "We're in good shape and ahead of schedule. We're not in a situation where we will never make the opening date in November 2008."
Molloy explained that if the resort completes early, the gained time would be used for other purposes rather than an early opening.
"If we complete early, there's nothing better than to run the systems. Give the staff the chance to get to know them better, without being too pressured by having a lot of guests and paying customers surrounding them," he said.
With many developer's projects being delayed in the region, the industry is set to monitor the high-profile resort and Kerzner's pledge to open on time.
Atlantis, The Palm, is a joint venture between Kerzner International and Istithmar. It is situated at the top of the crescent on Nakheel's Palm Jumeriah.