Dubai may have hogged the limelight in the region for years – but there’s competition on the spectacular-hotel front. Look no further than neighbouring Emirate Abu Dhabi, where bigger is definitely better, and glitz is good. Swimming pools are more like lakes, lobbies are futuristic “aquariums” of sea creatures made of hand-blown glass, and there are wonderful reinterpretations of classic Venice – one of the world’s original commercial hubs, back when Abu Dhabi was a desert. Where are the best places to stay? Read on to find out, and make that reservation.