Abu Dhabi is now giving neighbouring Dubai a run for its money thanks to the opening of the Emirates Palace hotel.

Managed by Kempinski, the spectacular 302-room hotel boasts an entrance almost the size of the Arc de Triomphe at 40m high and 36m wide.

Set to rival the Burj Al Arab and Dubai’s other landmark hotels, the Emirates Palaceis being heralded as a National Monument of Abu Dhabi with its spiral staircases, pillars, mosaics and gold and silver leaf carefully felted on to the ceilings.

Its vast conference complex has a 1,200-seat auditorium and a ballroom that can accommodate up to 2,800 people.

The hotel has been builtwith leading edge wireless connectivity which means guests can stay connected online 24 hours a day throughout the palace grounds, beach, and even by the swimming pools.

Telephone and wireless functionality will be provided throughout the property using the latest Internet Protocol (IP) Technology so that guests can stay in touch on their own room extension using a device similar to a mobile.

Guests can use wireless connectivity to access an online library offering of books, films and music.

And they can spy on fellow guests too – a number of cameras have been placed in various locations throughout the Palace, which can be viewed from the plasma screens found in each room.