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Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi

Updated on 28.04.2018

It is one of the most luxurious hotels in the world, self proclaimed seven stars, which stands at the end of the corniche of Abu Dhabi. An architectural whole grandiose to the glory of Arab culture with an interior full of luxury. It is the place in which it is possible to visit some parts without a reservation, which allows you to have an overview of the gardens, lounges interiors.

Private beach of the Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates ©Odyfolio

Construction of the Emirates Palace

The cost of construction of the hotel would be about $3 billion. The work began in 2001 and were completed in 2005. The hotel became fully operational in 2006 and has since hosted the Heads of State of the Arabian Peninsula at a summit of the GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council).

The hotel to the disproportionate luxury extends on 85 hectares peppered with 200 fountains. The main building has 114 domes, including one with a Cupola of 42 meters in diameter, of enlightened 1,002 crystal chandeliers.

Facade of the Emirates Palace of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates ©Odyfolio

A hotel of exception

At the entry, it is a succession of luxury cars where the great of this world mingle tourists to pass before sinking in the wings of the hotel reserved for customers.

In these places of exception, luxurious salons, spas and other places conducive to the relaxation. Outside, gardens spotlessly lush and generously watered, two giant pools and a 1.3 kilometers sandy beach.

The site is in reality a public building of the United Arab Emirates used for the international summits and State Visits. The hotel accommodation is open to the general public and managed by the chain of hotels Kepimski.

It is also where is born the last madness of the mode in the posh places of the planet: gold ingots distributors. In reality, this are rather of gold coins and small ingots which can be purchased 24h/24h. Payment by credit card.

Exhibitions and Cultural Events

Many temporary exhibitions devoted mainly to the art are regularly hosted by the Emirates Palace.

The hotel has a concert hall and welcomes throughout the year classical performances and corporate events.

Visit the Emirates Palace: Formal dress required

If you are simple visitor without reservation to the hotel, it is possible to visit the Emirates Palace, which is one of the top tourist attractions of the city.

The Emirates Palace is located at the west end of the Corniche and you can see his monumental entrance from the corniche, but it is reserved for official. If you are on foot and come of the Corniche, head toward the Grande Arche, then along for 200 meters the grids of the Gardens until the next roundabout where is located the entry of use (see exact location of the entry on the map below).

The entry is free with proper dress required: Blouse, polo, dress. Avoid short clothes (skirts below the knee, shoulders covered, no bermudas, no shorts). Dhoes must be closed (no flip-flops). If you are arrested by the security, simply announce that you visit the hotel and its temporary exhibitions. It is possible that access is not possible during official visits from heads of state.

Do not miss the illuminations of night, when the lights magical yellow, green, red and purple transform the palace in the illustration of a fable of the Thousand and One Nights.

Stay at the hotel or just dine there

If the marble, the gold and the luxury to death does not frighten you, your stay at the Emirates Palace will be an unforgettable experience. The hotel has 400 rooms and suites. You will have the choose between three rooms categories: coral, pearl and diamond, the third one being the more luxurious. If you opt for a suite, six configurations exist with up to three bedrooms; all suites have at least one terrace with remarkable view.

Contrary to what you might think, this luxury is not inaccessible since the price of the rooms in low season begins to 1000AED approximately, which is certainly expensive, but not necessarily much more expensive than most of 5-star establishments with beach access in the UAE. Be aware that restoration, beverages and paying activities of the hotel can quickly inflate the note. To book and see more photos you can consult the hotel profile of our affiliation partner, or visit on The site of the hotel.

The hotel is very well located near the corniche of Abu Dhabi and is located 30 minutes by car from the international airport of Abu Dhabi. The Emirates Palace offers transfers in a limousine or helicopter from any place in the United Arab Emirates.

The Emirates Palace has 14 bars, restaurants and lounges. For grilled meats and seafood on a terrace overlooking the waters of the Persian Gulf, or just for a shisha at the end of the evening, it is the BBQ Al Qasr you must go. Mezzaluna is an Italian restaurant with terrace overlooking the marina. To eat fresh products from the sea, rendez-vous at the restaurant Sayad or Mezlai, one of the few Emirati gourmet restaurants of the city. Hakkasan is a Chinese restaurant referenced by the famous French Michelin Cuisine guide. By swimming pools, casual food can be ordered. Also, Vendome Restaurant offers throughout the day an international buffet on the ground floor of the hotel. The coffee, located in the parties accessible to visitors of passage, serves refreshments (it is mandatory to spend a minimum 100AED per person). Bars open in the evening and can have food options : the famous Stars is transformed into nightclub, the Havana Club is specialized in Cognac and Armagnac beverages; Check also the Caviar Bar and the Breeze Lounge.

For other bars and restaurants options near the Emirates Palace, check our our article The corniche of Abu Dhabi.

Balconies of the Emirates Palace of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates ©Odyfolio

Main dome of the Emirates Palace of Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates ©Odyfolio

Armchair of a public lounge of the Emirates Palace of Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates ©Odyfolio

How to book a room at the Emirates Palace at a low price

Fares are the Emirates Palace are high, but in low season they can be divided by 5. The competition of high class hotels is harsh in Abu Dhabi, and even the most prestigious must launch promotions and last minute offers. This is done discreetly on the Internet, on websites such as Booking.com (our affiliation partner).

Map of Emirates Palace

Location of Emirates Palace Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates ©OpenStreetMap contributors

Detailed map of Emirates Palace Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates ©OpenStreetMap contributors

Notes and references :

Various Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority documentations, 2010-2012. Office du tourisme : http://visitabudhabi.ae/fr/see.and.do/attractions.and.landmarks/iconic.landmarks/emirates.palace.aspx -

Site web Kempinski, http://www.kempinski.com/en/abudhabi/emirates-palace/welcome/, on the 08 fev. 2014 -