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Luxury hotels of Dubai and Abu Dhabi welcome Grand Prix fans

Celebrities descend on Abu Dhabi

The United Arab Emirates has long been known as a millionaire's playground, but this month it was overrun with racing fans and celebrities. The Grand Prix, the finale of 2010's Formula 1 contest, took place at Abu Dhabi's Yas Marina race circuit on November 14th. German driver Sebastian Vettel claimed first place, with British McLaren-Mercedes duo Lewis Hamilton and Jensen Button coming in second and third respectively. Hamilton told the BBC: "It's not been the most spectacular season for us, but we ended it on really quite a high".

To celebrate the event, Yas Island hosted the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix black tie ball, which saw celebrities from across the world enjoying the luxury surroundings. Big names such as Prince, Gabrielle, The Sugarbabes, Kanye West, Alesha Dixon, Uma Thurman, Samuel L Jackson and Liz Hurley were present, as well as the stars of the circuit.

The height of luxury

Such celebrated personalities would appreciate the Abu Dhabi region's range of luxury hotels. One of these is the Emirates Palace, which according to the website "boasts 302 Grand rooms and 92 magnificent suites each combining the ultimate in luxury with state of the art technology". This includes 52-inch LCD screens, high-speed Wi-Fi, a private butler service, and 100 per cent silk fabrics among other sumptuous soft furnishings. In fact racing fans will be spoilt for choice, as just down the coast lies Dubai, home to another of the world's most luxurious hotels. Burj Al Arab, the famous 60-floor skyscraper in the shape of a sail, boasts private butlers and chauffeurs, and 202 duplex hotel suites.

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