Entrance (one of several) of the Emirates Palace Hotel. Photo NeilvdL.

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By itself, the Emirates Palace is Abu Dhabi’s most prestigious hotel. But it has also become a venue for arts as it hosts galleries and incidental exhibitions. Within the Emirates Palace Hotel are the Fayez Barakat antiques gallery and Gallery One, specialized in decoration and photography that regularly has exhibitions. For instance in 2010, it had an exhibition on Ottoman Islamic treasures, sponsored by the Turkish government, and it hosted an exhibition on the future museums and other arts venues on Saadiyat Island.

The Emirates Palace Hotel is regularly home to exhibitions organized by Swiss Art Gate UAE.

The difference between Dubai and Abu Dhabi is perhaps best illustrated by the contrast between both towns’ most prestigious hotels, i.e. Abu Dhabi’s retro-styled Emirates Palace hotel, rather designed like a Mughal palace, and Dubai’s daring Burj Al Arab hotel, for a while Dubai’s architectural flagship building.

But Dubai now also will have its share of Mugal-style prestigious venues, as it will build a replica of the Taj Mahal. The Taj Arabia, as it will be named, at its opening in 2014 would be bigger than the original and include a 300-room hotel, shops and commercial buildings.

The Emirates Palace Hotel is also one of the locations of the Abu Dhabi Film Festival.

Written by: Neil Last modified: 14th Dec 2012