The Emirates palace hotel is not only known for its elegance, beauty, and charm but also it is the only second seven-star hotel in the world, coming just next to Burj Al Arab. With its construction cost of $3Billion, it is probably the most expensive hotel ever built. The Construction of the Emirates Palace was initiated in December 2001. Over 250,000m³ of concrete was used, and it took a workforce of approximately 20,000 people three years to complete all phases of the construction. The owner of the hotel is the Abu Dhabi Municipality. The doors of Emirates Palace were opened in November 2005 for the first time. The government of Abu Dhabi owns this hotel as tourism is their main source of revenue and Kempinski Hotel Group operates it.
This hotel has a staff of about 2,600 personals, comprising over 50 nationalities. The hotel was built as a superlative for national prestige and not as a profit-making concern, although next to oil, tourism is the largest money spinner in Abu Dhabi. The hotel was constructed to the highest possible standards of luxury and technology. The Emirates Palace is comprised of 302 magnificent and beautiful grand rooms and 92 comfortable suites. The guestrooms include 20 Khaleej suites (110m²), 20 Khaleej deluxe suites (165m²), four Royal Khaleej suites (110m²) and 16 three-bedroom palace suites (680m²). Palace suites are divided into three categories according to their area first one is Coral with an area of (110m²) second one is Pearl with an area of (140m²) and the third one is Diamond with an area of (220m²). The Palace suites are so big and enormous that they can be further divided into 48 single-bedroom suites.
All of the spacious elegant rooms are furnished to the highest levels of comfort and decorated in warm tones to create a welcoming atmosphere. The criteria for level of comfort and service are kept very much high, for instance, you can have a 24-hour butler service too. The Emirates Palace is also used by the government of Abu Dhabi as an official guest place. The suites are totally capable to host any head of state. The top floor has famous six rulers’ suites which remain closed for everyone except for UAE royal family members. The Emirates Palace also features luxuries such as ‘bath caviar’; $15,000 cognacs; Kobe beef in its Japanese restaurant Mizona; real Albino caviar and 52in plasma screens in each room; and a 61 in LCD in all suites with a touch-screen pad that controls services, from air conditioning to wake-up calls. Rooms are priced from $5,989 to $12,251 a night.
The hotel also features the Anantara spa, which has seven treatment suites. The hotel has a 1.3km private beach, which offers water sport activities and leisure and recreational facilities. The height of the atrium of Emirates Palace is 60m and its width is about 42m which makes it the largest dome in the world. It is decorated with 13 magnificent and unique colors of marble so that it could reflect other beautiful hues of the desert. 22-carat gold leaf covers the inside of the dome, making it the greatest gilded expanse ever created in one building. The entire interior of the hotel is decorated with 86,114ft² (6,000m²) of 22-carat gold leaf.
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