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Like the Burj Al Arab in Dubai, Emirates Palace sets the standard for luxury lodging in Abu Dhabi. This sprawling resort says its goes "beyond 5-star luxury" for its clientele — who are oftentimes visiting royals and dignitaries. But you don't have to be a guest to experience what all the fuss is about. This resort — which occupies nearly 250 acres of coastline along the Corniche and stretches more than half a mile from wing to wing — has become one of Abu Dhabi city's most recognizable landmarks. Emirates Palace looks almost like a cross between the Taj Mahal and a fairy tale castle: The structure features more than 100 domes, the insides of which are decorated with gold, crystals and mother of pearl. More than 1,000 chandeliers and rich handmade carpets add to the interior's opulence, while outside the hotel, palm trees, lush gardens and bubbling fountains create an oasis effect.

Non-guests are welcome to enjoy a traditional hammam (Turkish bath) experience or a skin treatment at the Anantara Spa or grab a bite to eat at one of the hotel's nine restaurants. But most visitors were content simply wandering the grounds. One TripAdvisor user described Emirates Palace as "beautiful inside and out," adding, "I would recommend dressing nicely, to not feel out of place. It gives you a view of how 'the other half' lives." Some recent visitors recommend stopping in for afternoon tea, while others say that an evening visit is the way to go so that you can see the hotel all lit up.

You can reach the Emirates Palace (located in the southwest corner of Abu Dhabi city) by taxi or by bus — the Nos. 010 and 034 bus routes both service the Ras Al Akhdhar stop near the hotel, while several other buses run along Corniche Road, stopping within walking distance of Emirates Palace. You are welcome to tour the hotel at any time of day, free of charge; however, access may be restricted when the hotel is hosting official delegations. You are also welcome to stay at Emirates Palace, though you can expect to pay a pretty penny to bed down here. To learn more about Emirates Palace, visit the resort's website.

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#1 Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Constructed between 1996 and 2007 at the request of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the founder and first president of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is ... Read more » Vizual Vortex Studio / Shutterstock

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#3 Emirates Palace Like the Burj Al Arab in Dubai, Emirates Palace sets the standard for luxury lodging in Abu Dhabi. This sprawling resort says its goes "beyond 5-star luxury" for its clientele ... Read more » Shahid Ali Khan / Shutterstock

#4 Desert Tours Surrounding the Liwa Oasis in the western part of the emirate is the Al Gharbia region, home to the Rub Al Khali (Empty Quarter). As the largest uninterrupted sand mass ... Read more » Kyle Taylor / Flickr

#5 Jebel Hafeet & The Al Ain Camel Souk Rising more than 4,000 feet out of the desert and straddling the UAE-Oman border about 15 miles south of Al Ain, Jebel Hafeet stands as the tallest mountain in ... Read more » Manamana / Shutterstock

#6 Al Jahili Fort Sitting about a block west of the Palace Museum is the striking Al Jahili Fort. Built in the late 1800s, Al Jahili is the largest edifice in Al Ain made ... Read more » Patrik Dietrich / Shutterstock

#7 Marina Mall The United Arab Emirates are a shopper's paradise: This wealthy country has no shortage of traditional souks (marketplaces) and high-end megamalls, with the Marina Mall being one of Abu ... Read more » Laszlo Halasi / Shutterstock

#8 Al Ain Oasis When the blazing Arabian heat starts to take its toll, you can find respite at the Al Ain Oasis. Occupying nearly 3,000 acres of central Al Ain, this quiet ... Read more » Courtesy the Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority

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#12 Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital One of Abu Dhabi's more obscure attractions is the Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital: This functioning animal care unit is devoted to the health of falcons, which have long played ... Read more » Courtesy the Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority

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