Whilst here I stayed at the Fairmont Hotel; excellent location for a stay in Abu Dhabi, 20 minutes from the airport and the Grand Mosque clearly visible from the hotels private beach.

Huge comfortable rooms, separate glassed door to the bath and shower with deep deep bath!

Wifi is charged at DRM75.00 for 24 hour access, complimentary to Fairmont loyalty club members. 

Spacious contemporary styled foyer, 4 permanent food and beverage outlets and the summer tent still in place on the beach, erected for use during Ramadan and open for dinner only.

Without question the highlight of a visit to Abu Dhabi is the Grand Mosque.

Stunning White Marble structure which stays remarkably cool in the scorching sunshine.

Grand Mosque

Grand Mosque

To visit the Mosque it is mandatory for woman to have their bodies covered completely with hair also completely contained by a scarf or the black clothing provided by the Mosque to use on entry if western clothes considered unsuitable. Friday is the Holy day and the mosque is closed to visitors. 



The Palace Hotel

Iconic hotel, which I was fortunate enough to be able to visit during my stay.

Huge impressive foyer and public areas - all the gold in the decor is actually gold leaf, and is constantly being refurbished to keep the hotel in its original splendour.

Quirky speciality of afternoon tea here is that the cakes and coffee is sprinkled with 18c gold flakes. 

The hotel is one kilometre between the west and east wing, where the 384 bedrooms are located. The impressive circular balcony accommodation above the public rooms are all suites, reminiscent of a splendid theatre. 

Spacious outdoor pool area, large private beach, private Marina where guests often arrive in their private yachts.