The outrageously elite ‘Emirates Palace’ is a 7-star luxury hotel in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The capital’s flagship hotel is owned by the Government of Abu Dhabi and is managed by the Geneva-based Kempinski Hotels.
Emirates Palace is located on 1.3 km of private beach and surrounded by 85 hectares of gardens.
It is not more than a half hour drive from Abu Dhabi airport and 1.5 hours drive from Dubai airport. This palatial beachfront hotel is 4 km from both the Marina Mall and the Qasr al-Hosn fort.
It was opened in November 2005 but certain restaurants and spas did not open until 2006. The hotel project was started on December 2001.
The building was designed by architect, John Elliott RIBA, who was Senior Vice President at Wimberly, Allison, Tong and Goo, (WATG) an international firm specializing in Luxury Hotels.
The architecture of the hotel is a playful mix of cherished Islamic architectural elements and modern Western designs.
The hotel was built by and is owned by the Abu Dhabi government, and is currently managed by the Kempinski Group.
The costs to build the hotel were a whopping sum of 3.9 billion GBP or about 6 billion USD making it the second most expensive hotel ever built, only surpassed by Marina Bay Sands in Singapore.
The Emirates Palace occupies 850,000m² of floor space. Underground parking allows housing for more than 2,000 vehicles. There are two swimming pools and spas. The hotel has its own marina and helipad. Emirates Palace has 114 beautiful domes, including the massive central one and 102 elevators.
Its hallways, rooms and lobbies also feature more than 1,000 Swarovski chandeliers, which bring to light the palace’s iconic golden ceilings. The hotel also boasts a ballroom that accommodates up to 2500 people and had various luxury shops, gymnasiums, spas and international restaurants.