The Emirates Palace
Renowned as a “beyond 5 star” resort, covering eighty-four hectares and boasting its own private beach and idyllic marina, the Emirates Palace is like a real life Disney castle offering unprecedented luxury in the heart of Abu Dhabi. An abode fit for royalty, the establishment is comprised of two hotel wings, a guest palace and a sublime stretch of sand. It features 114 domes which are 80 meters high and houses 394 rooms and suites. The building was designed by architect John Elliott, the Senior Vice President at Wimberly, Allison, Tong and Goo, an international firm specializing in luxury hotels. It was opened in March 2005, has hosted international superstars including Christina Aguilera, and cost a three billion dollars to build – making it the second most expensive hotel ever.