The Palace Hotel
If you’ve ever wanted to feel like a prince or princess, a walk across these marble floors listening to live music on piano or harp at the Emirates Palace Hotel will make you feel quite regal. A jewel of the United Arab Emirates, the Kempinski-operated hotel is the nearest experience to living like royalty that anyone might have. Host to foreign delegations, including heads of state, the Palace is as luxurious as you can imagine, with 114 domes—the largest artfully designed and coated with gold. Marble, Swarovski crystal chandeliers, and gold cover much of the palace. Guests can even eat and drink gold leaf in their cappuccinos and sweet potato fries! A $3 billion architectural achievement, Emirates Palace has hosted musical events and appeared in a movie, The Fast and Furious 7.
By Andrea Rip, AFAR Local Expert
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Spires In The Mist
Skyscrapers under construction in the early morning fog of the Arabian Gulf as seen from the Emirates Palace Hotel in Abu Dhabi, UAE.
By Jon Sheer, AFAR Local Expert
Emirates Palace Hotel Abu Dhabi
Some wouldn't consider a hotel a "sight" but this place is very much a sight, if not a spectacle. This luxury hotel, which is owned by the government, opened in 2006 to the cost of roughly 6 billion USD! Much of the hotel is made of marble and gold (including the dome above the lobby pictured above). Not only can you find gold used in the architecture, you can also find it in a vending machine located inside the hotel. Despite your feelings on high-dollar luxury hotels go and have a walk around the hotel's lobby and communal areas for curiosities sake. The staff are pleasant and are always pleased to answer any questions you might have about the hotel's short history.
By Colin Roohan, AFAR Ambassador