Abu Dhabi hotel claims to be world's most wired

emirates palace

Looking for the world's most wired hotel? You may want to pay a visit to the Emirates Palace, a mammoth beachfront resort in Abu Dhabi. In addition to the usual video-on-demand, WiFi and remote-control everything that discriminating travelers have come to expect, the hotel has boosted its security, with no fewer than 16 firewalls, secure telephones and 3.5TB of secure storage — sounds like the perfect spot for the next 2600 convention. (The hotel may also be the first to benefit from time-travel technology; its web site boasts that it combines "the ultimate in luxury with 22nd century technology.") Of course, if you want to check out the $3 billion complex, you'd better have a good expense account: room rates run from $600 to $12,000 a night — though we've heard that for the higher prices, you get a mint on your pillow and free breakfast.