Dubai: Gold in the City of the Future
A roof, a bar and a herd of horses made of gold! This is possible only in the UAE!
Dubai (UAE) is called the Paris of the Persian Gulf and the Golden City. It's territory comprises the world's largest jewelry marketplace – from exclusive boutiques that produce rare jewelry, to markets filled with high-grade gold products.
The Dubai authorities introduced tax concessions for gold deals and strictly control the quality of the good.
Clearly enough, in a city where a significant part of the economy is based on gold trading, many attractions are associated with this noble metal. We would like to tell about the three most impressive ones.
Golden roof of Gevora Hotel
The tallest hotel in the world - Gevora Hotel is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records. The roof of the building, which is 356 meters high, is constructed with an unusual dome. It consists of gilded beams and glass. Anyone can visit the sky-high gallery. There is a cafe Le Veyron inside. Admission is not free - adults and children over 12 years will have to pay 100 dirhams ($30 dollars), children from 6 to 12 years - 50 dirhams ($15 dollars.) Being there, you will discover a splendid panorama of the city from high above, including the desert and the sea. The golden dome is spectacularly highlighted at night.
A high-speed elevator will take you to the observation deck at a speed of 26 km per hour. The ride takes only 38 seconds.
Hotel Gevora can truly be called golden due to the color of the building's facade and the use of gold in the interior of the hotel.
Golden bar "Gold on 27"
Dubai's most impressive bar is located on the 27th floor of the famous hotel Burj Al Arab Jumeirah, called the Sail. The walls of the establishment are covered with real gold. And the entire interior corresponds to the name of the bar: the gold literally "flows down" the ceiling above the bar counter and hovers on the weightless threads around the tables. Marble floor, armchairs and lamps in the bar are golden too.
One of the most popular cocktails among tourists is the "79th Element." This is the atomic number of gold, - the noble metal in Mendeleev's periodic table. The cocktail itself is a sparkling beverage based on grape juice, ginger and honey.
A breathtaking view of Dubai and the Persian Gulf can be seen from the windows of this unusual bar.
Golden herd of horses
Another gold attraction of Dubai is the sculpture of the golden herd of horses, located near the Al Qasr five-star hotel. The hotel and the park adjacent to it belong to Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. The sculptor made the exact replicas of the life-size Arabian horses. Horses are made of metal and covered with gold.
Sheikh Mohammed has been governing Dubai since 2006. He admitted that the love for horses was born along with him and it symbolizes the history of the country.
In 1994, sheikh established the famous “Godolphin” syndicate. The best racehorses of the world joined his stable, many of them brought the sheikh victory in the world’s horse racing derby.
18 best stallions of the syndicate were cast in gold.
The amazing phenomenon of Dubai is that it emerged in the center of a lifeless desert. The city of records has become the epitome of gold, wealth, wisdom, industriousness and greatness of its people.