Situated on the shores of the Arabian Gulf, and overlooking its own private natural bay, surrounded by 8,000 palm trees, the Emirates Palace is one of the most iconic landmarks in the whole of the UAE. Claimed as the world's most expensive hotel, it could easily have come straight from an Arabian fairy-tale, and is a blend of Arabian splendour and indulgence with the ultimate in state-of-the-art technology. In a country of ultra-opulent hotels, this one stands out as an authentic royal guest-house -- the expressed aim of management is to give guests the sense of living in a palace, making it a far from run-of-the-mill hotel experience.
The Palace, a kilometre long, has two wings, East and West, joined by the huge Grand Atrium Dome, with a surface finish of silver and gold mosaic tiles, and a gold finial at its apex. There are 114 domes in total, in colours reflecting the different shades of sand found in the Arabian Desert. At night, the hotel changes from a golden-sandy colour, contrasting with the gardens and fountains, to a majestic rainbow-changing light effect over the central dome.
As arriving guests pass along the sweeping driveway, they are guided by the dancing silvery water fountains to the marble-domed lobby. The palace interiors are dominated by gold, silver and mother-of-pearl, and over 1,000 chandeliers made of Swarovski crystal. Rich Persian carpets and gleaming marble floors lead to truly spectacular open spaces, with decor including two hand-made wall display carpets portraying the Palace, each weighing a ton.
The 14 restaurants and bars are as palatial as the rest of the hotel, offering an eclectic mix of the world's finest cuisines. Among the best for gourmet food are Mawal, an understated Lebanese restaurant, the Art Deco-inspired Le Vendome Brasserie, which serves magnificent European and international buffets at all meals including breakfast, Mezzaluna for fine Italian fare, and Sayad for delectable seafood in a dynamic environment. The glamorous Hakkasan offers unique and contemporary Chinese food in a highly stylised setting, with its own separate entrance and terrace, and its main dining area crafted into a wooden cage, surrounded by backlit blue glass.
Note: During holy month of Ramadan and Islamic Holidays; hotel might have certain restrictions on its operation as per UAE Laws.
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