Emirates Palace

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Emirates Palace
قصر الإمارات
Emirates Palace Hotel 2013-01-17 - panoramio.jpg
General information
Location Ras Al Akhdar, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Coordinates 24°27′36″N 54°18′44″E / 24.46000°N 54.31222°E / 24.46000; 54.31222Coordinates: 24°27′36″N 54°18′44″E / 24.46000°N 54.31222°E / 24.46000; 54.31222
Opening February 2005
Cost $3 billion[1]
Owner The Government of Abu Dhabi
Management Kempinski Hotels
Design and construction
Architect Wimberly Allison Tong & Goo
Other information
Number of rooms 394

The Emirates Palace (Arabic: قصر الإمارات) is a luxury hotel in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates operated by Kempinski and opened in February 2005.


The building was designed by British architect John Elliott. The design of the hotel aims to incorporate traditional Arabian elements such as the grand dome and 114 smaller domes spread over the building. The colour of the building aims to reflect different shades of sands found in the Arabian Desert. Construction started in December 2001, the interior fit-out works were delivered by Depa Interiors, Abu Dhabi with the hotel opening its gates in February 2005. The construction costs were around 3 billion USD (11.02 billion AED) making it the third most expensive hotel ever built. It is only surpassed by The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas in Las Vegas (3.9 billion USD) and the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore (5.5 billion USD)[2]

Rooms and facilities[edit]

Emirates Palace consists of 394 residences, including 92 suites and 22 residential suites[3]. The residences are spread over two wings as well as a primary central building. The majority of the suites are furnished in gold and marble. The main primary building houses an expansive marble floor and a large patterned dome above, picked out in gold. The penthouse floor has six Rulers' Suites which are reserved exclusively for dignitaries, such as royalty[4].

The facilities include 2 spa facilities, over 40 meeting rooms, a 1.3 km long beach, a marina, 2 helicopter landing pads, a ballroom that accommodates up to 2500 people, various luxury shops and international restaurants[3].


Christina Aguilera performed at the venue during her Back To Basics Tour on 24 October 2008. The show had an audience of 15,000 people, attracting great media attention to the hotel. The hotel also appears in the new Fast and Furious 7 film, which was released in 2015.[5] Shots of the hotel were also used in the 2007 film The Kingdom[6]. Justin Timberlake has been[when?] at this location for a tour.[citation needed]

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