Friday, February 25, 2011

Emirates Palace Hotel, Abu Dhabi

This being my last weekend in Abu Dhabi, today (Friday) I went to Emirates Palace Hotel to see the lobby and take pictures.  I have taken pictures of the hotel from the outside before.  Emirates Palace Hotel is a luxury hotel and the second most expensive hotel ever built.  This past Christmas season, the hotel lobby was home to a $11,000 fake evergreen tree with $11 million worth of decorations (jewels).  The lobby is also home to a vending machine selling gold bars.  I wanted to see what all the fuss was about this hotel.

As I drove towards the hotel entrance driveway, the gate attendant somehow noticed that I was wearing shorts.  I was turned away.  I dress fairly casually, and I take every opportunity to wear short pants when I can.  I was not deterred.  I went back to my apartment, put on a pair of jeans instead, and headed back to the hotel.  I was allowed to enter the hotel grounds the second time.  Obviously, I can not afford to stay at this hotel, and even if I could afford it, I would not spend my money in such a way.  So I was not able to see the luxurious suites and rooms, some furnished in gold and marble.  Emirates Palace Hotel is set in over 100 hectares landscaped gardens.  It has an exclusive beach, a marina, and a helipad.  It has several restaurants that always get glowing reviews.  The topmost floor has six suites which are reserved solely for Emirati royalty and dignitaries.

I got to see the front part of the hotel with its gardens and fountains.  I went in to see the lobby and adjoining shops.  A lot of the hotel grounds in the back part are open to hotel guests only.  The place was grand, but I thought that some of the interior decor was a bit gaudy.  The following are a few photos:


  1. One would assume you are wearing expensive designer jeans...

    What a great exit to your stay in country. Safe travel!

  2. He might have let you in if you didn't have such girlie legs!


  3. Chuck - Designer jeans they are not. They are my most comfortable jeans. I have had it for more than six years now. It has multiple patches in the inside to cover up holes and tears.

    Tony - If you want to call fat and scar-filled legs girlie ... They actually had quite a bit of tourists (walking around the Corniche beach area) at the gate with shorts on that were all turned back.

    - Elvin

  4. "WOW. amazing its really like a palace. I guess when somebody stay here they would really feel that they are like a King And Queen. The facilities were nice. Its a warm place to stay."