Emirates Palace was operated by the luxury hotel group Kempinski Hotels & Resorts. The world's most expensive hotel was built and is owned by the Abu Dhabi government. The city, which is the United Arab Emirates' capital makes a great impression on the Middle East corporate tourism being the biggest rival of Dubai. The 3 billion $ cost hotel was opened in 2005 and is a colossal standstone itself.
The seven star hotel shows the beauty of Arabian culture. Traditional decor is used inside mostly in silver, gold, marble and glass mosaics. The chandeliers are made of Swarovski crystal. There are 114 domes (including the Grand Atrium which is higher than the dome of St.Peter's Basilica in Rome), 200 fountains, the luxurious and technologically advanced Conference Centre, The marvellous Blue Salon and so on. The simplest suite is called Palace Suite. Each of them contains at least three rooms and a 61" plasma screen.
There are 302 grand rooms in Coral, Pearl and Diamond categories with a floor area of 55 square meters. The high-quality elegant rooms are furnished to the highest level comfort so hotel guests can relax in total luxury including a 24-hour butler service. The Gulf Arab royalty has a reserved separate floor. The hotel is also the official guest place of
Abu Dhabi's government with 22 three-bedroom suites capable of hosting for each heads of state and their entourages.
Being one of the word's most prestigious hotels, Emirates Palace is a popular place for dignitaries and celebrities. With its beautiful view and incredible luxury, the hotel became the crowning glory of Abu Dhabi.
Some of the famous people who have set food on the Palace are Bill Clinton, Robert de Niro, Will Smith, Lawrence Fishburne, Michael Jackson, many golf superators, FIFA World Cup Champions and also lots of sport celebrities as
the hotel has 70 football pitches.
Emirates Palace offers palatial restaurants which bring the world's finest cuisines. Gourmet meals for example exquisite seafood of the Sayad and magnificent view of the Gulf gives fabulous experience for the visitor. The Caviar Bar is also popular because of its world class champagne menu and caviar selections with live traditional music.
The construction began in December 2001. Architects were Wimberly Allison Tong and Goo (WATG), who are
among the leading hospitality designers worldwide. Unique structure comprises a Palace section with the top suites,
two wigs with guest rooms and the Conference Centre. The colours of the building reflect the different shades of
the Arabian Desert. Interior design is made by KY&A. Emirates Palace employs around 2000 staff members from at
least 50 nationalities. Room prices start with 327$ per night but a 165 sqm room with panoramic ocean view may
cost 1797$ per night.
Emirates Palace on Google Earth:
Abu Dhabi is a quite cheap city. There are lots of markets where you must drive a hard bargain.The climate is usually hot so it's not only a summer resort. The Arabian capital is an exotic place where blooming beauty appears together with enormous wealth. It has a unique vision because ancient tradition combines with modern design. The bazaar is
not that fantastic as in Dubai but it is also worth to visit.
The currency of the United Arab Emirates is called dirham. 1 USD = 3.67 AED
Six years before the Emirates Palace, the United Arab Emirates opened the first seven star hotel in Dubai. Burj al-Arab lies on a small artifical island. The hotel doesn't follow the traditional arabic architectural style at all but it is the world's tallest hotel and it resembles the sail of dhow. Burj al-Arab is the iconic tower of their country, that represents their dream of the modern Dubai.
The following video is the Emirates Palace Hotel's own commercial video,
which presents the glamurous hotel and its surrounding area:
Emirates Palace Hotel ¤
5 Star Deluxe ¤
7 Star Self-Declared ¤
302 Grand Rooms ¤
3 billion $ Hotel ¤