Arabian fantasy for royal wedding

Luxury hotels in the United Arab Emirates are offering their guests an Arabian fantasy as Britain's Prince William marries Catherine Middleton on Friday.

The Emirates Palace hotel in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the UAE, promises "a majestic experience fit for a king and deserving of an emperor" and said it wants to make the day unforgettable for its guests too.

The Palace, which bills itself as a seven-star hotel, offered an overnight stay from a modest $450 to $1,500 (300-1,010 euros) with a royal high tea thrown in.

"We are making sure to have them enjoy a unique wedding in a unique set up and surrounding," said Emirates Palace general manager Hans Olbertz.

The hotel has suites going up to $11,500, according to its published rates. "Come and join this Arabian fantasy," the hotel invites its guests. Included in the prices is a free buffet breakfast.

Dubai's landmark Burj Al-Arab which is designed to resemble the sails of an Arabian dhow, offered a chance to win free nights at the super luxury hotel for those joining the royal wedding party there.

"Be sure to arrive in your finest dress and have a chance to win a two-night stay... for the best dressed, most elegant hat and most stylish couple," the hotel said.

It said it will be "business as usual for Burj Al-Arab" on Friday although the popular Friday brunch will be turned into a "grand royal brunch" where a "bottle of the bubbly" will be thrown in on the house.

Most restaurants and bars in the UAE plan to show the day's events on big screens hoping to cash in on the royal wedding fever that also coincides with the weekend in the region.

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