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This Dubai Hotel Sells iPads in 24-karat Gold Cases for $10K

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While most of us want stronger phone and tablet cases, the United Arab Emirates strive to 'Stay Different' by having softer 24-karat gold cases. At least they're shiny.

Apple did not become one of the richest company in the world by selling their products for rock bottom prices, but even Apple draws the line at just under $1000 for the most expensive iPad model they ship (for those interested, it's a 4th generation iPad with WiFi & Cellular antennas and 128 GB of flash storage). However, for those of us who know Dubai and its iconic seven star Burj Al Arab hotel with private helicopter pad and personal beaches, it won't come as a surprise that each one of the 202 lap-of-luxury suites come with a 24 karat gold iPad that functions as a remote control for almost anything around. The price? ... $10,200 in the hotel gift shop.

It is to be expected that each iPad is engraved with the company's logo and slightly oxymoronic slogan: "Stay Different." The tablets are produced by the British company Gold & Co., which has its offices in London, England. For those interested in their other gold products, have a look at their website. The company also produces golden Blackberries and iPhones, which are priced similarly to the golden iPad. They are even kind enough to provide the phones SIM unlocked!

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    xaephod , May 28, 2013 3:47 PM
    This goes back to the old saying..."Money can't buy you class."
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    cin19 , May 28, 2013 3:19 PM
    WOW, I need one.
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    acadia11 , May 28, 2013 3:20 PM
    Am I the only that feels a need to go the hotel walk up non the manager and punch him the face. I'm sorry but I'm quite confident Allah does not approve of this self indulgent gluttony!!!
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    acadia11 , May 28, 2013 3:20 PM
    Am I the only that feels a need to go the hotel walk up non the manager and punch him the face. I'm sorry but I'm quite confident Allah does not approve of this self indulgent gluttony!!!
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    slomo4sho , May 28, 2013 3:31 PM
    Ironically, she looks Asian.
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    xaephod , May 28, 2013 3:47 PM
    This goes back to the old saying..."Money can't buy you class."
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    falchard , May 28, 2013 3:52 PM
    Its worth it if it weighed 7 ounces.
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    acadia11 , May 28, 2013 4:18 PM
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    Theres nothi ironic about it, most of the labor in dubai comes from other countries. When you are rich in oil money, with a small population there is a need to be labor work, and women Arab ones do not work at all.
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    halcyon , May 28, 2013 4:51 PM
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    Ironically, she looks Asian.



    Theres nothi ironic about it, most of the labor in dubai comes from other countries. When you are rich in oil money, with a small population there is a need to be labor work, and women Arab ones do not work at all.


    I think I can decipher what you are trying to say, but...damn. English?
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    nevilence , May 28, 2013 5:41 PM
    This is stupid, no valid argument for this exists, just stupid
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    g-unit1111 , May 28, 2013 5:58 PM
    Whoever said "A fool and his money are soon parted" certainly didn't this one coming.
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    PapaCrazy , May 28, 2013 6:47 PM
    A stock 4th generation iPad with WiFi & Cellular antennas and 128 GB of flash storage goes for almost $ 1,000? INSANE! That was the only detail that surprised me in the article. Rich people would gold plate their turds if they could. No surprise there.
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    velocityg4 , May 28, 2013 7:53 PM
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    People from the middle east are Asian as it is a part of Asia.

    Don't turn this into a race thread or posts will be deleted and bans will be issued. - G
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    alidan , May 28, 2013 8:59 PM
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    This is stupid, no valid argument for this exists, just stupid


    i have the money and i will spend it however i damn well please? its a valid argument, you earn money, it's yours to spend how you wish.

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    Whoever said "A fool and his money are soon parted" certainly didn't this one coming.


    it really depends on how how much gold is used, if its plated... than its retardedly expensive, if it a bit more gold, it could be a decent investment too.
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    Philsg , May 28, 2013 10:41 PM
    Fair price. Slightly higher than a standard Apple device. At least this one has some reasons. Gold.
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    slomo4sho , May 28, 2013 11:08 PM
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    Ironically, she looks Asian.


    People from the middle east are Asian as it is a part of Asia.


    Thanks for the geography lesson. Everything in your life must revolve around being politically correct :) 

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    Theres nothi ironic about it, most of the labor in dubai comes from other countries. When you are rich in oil money, with a small population there is a need to be labor work, and women Arab ones do not work at all.

    I am sorry if you can't find anything ironic in the picture. Please ignore my posts if you live in a rigid box.
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    emad_ramlawi , May 28, 2013 11:27 PM
    If you think this is over the top, look at UAE police cars :
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/dubai/10019228/First-a-Lamborghini-now-Dubai-unveils-police-Ferrari.html
    Punch of hypocrites, and there nearby countries are poor (Jordan,Egypt, Gaza, Somalia) but sadly, this attitude attracts billionaires (i wont whos money there spending )and they will spend money on that shit
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    cats_Paw , May 29, 2013 12:25 AM
    Why not? Arabs there have so much money that they can afford that as if it was a tuesday special offer in pizza delivery.
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    spat55 , May 29, 2013 1:32 AM
    Wonder how heavy the thing is? Not very practical is it lol
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    Vorador2 , May 29, 2013 1:41 AM
    Money can't buy you style, but it can show your lack thereof. There's a million ways of showing off the rich you are in good style, but all this hotel could think off is gold plating iPads.
    Next step, gold plating all your employees teeth.
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