It was the only hotel in the MENA region to make the top 100 this year.

It should come as no surprise to anyone that the luxurious Emirates Palace has been voted as one of the world’s best hotels. Taking the 21 spot (out of 100) in the 2015 rankings done by Institutional Investor, the survey focused on hotels located in key financial and business capitals around the world.

The iconic landmark was the only Kempinski Hotel to be included and the only hotel in the Middle East and Africa region to make the 2015 list.

The five-star hotel, which was built in 2005, features a 1.3km private beach and marina, 85 hectares of gardens and fourteen restaurants and cafes. There are 302 rooms and 92 suites on offer, as well as a 24-hour private butler service for in-house guests.

“We are deeply honoured to receive this highly esteemed industry award. It is a true testament to the team’s unrelenting dedication to delivering the highest standards of hospitality and to creating experiences that represent the authenticity and warmth of Abu Dhabi,” said Holger Schroth, General Manager of the hotel.

The top spot on the 2015 list was awarded to the Mandarin Oriental in Tokyo, Japan.

The survey was based on the opinions of readers and senior executives who “spent an average of 41 days on the road” last year.