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June 10, 2013

How about a custom-made 24-carat gold iPad? Does that work for you?

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It works for guests at the Burj Al Arab hotel in Dubai, where they'll soon start selling them to guests.

From the Los Angeles Times:

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The sail-shaped Burj Al Arab hotel in Dubai, where rooms start at $1,525, is expanding the category of luxury accessories by providing all guests with a 24-karat gold iPad upon check-in. The hotel, part of the Jumeirah group of hotels and resorts, is often listed as the world's most luxurious hotel and already provides iMacs in each of its 202 suites.

The iPads were manufactured by Gold & Co. London and designed exclusively for Burj Al Arab. Each one is engraved with the hotel's logo as well as Jumeirah's motto, "Stay Different." Every tablet also comes loaded with interactive customer experience (ICE) software that enables guests to use the 24-karat gold iPad as a virtual concierge to access information and hotel services.

The iPads provided to guests are 16-gigabyte Wi-Fi iPad3s and for now run only the ICE program. The hotel is working on expanding customers' access to other iPad applications.

A 64-gigabyte version of the gold iPad3 is available to purchase at Burj Al Arab's Bespoke Boutique starting at $10,200.

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Apply within.

[via The Economist]

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I've been there. Gaudy doesn't begin to describe it.

Posted by: Fred | Jun 11, 2013 7:06:45 AM

Any stats on the number taken for a swim? I feel certain that those folks impressed by a micron-thick layer of AG would be likely to assume the iPad is a water-toy.

Posted by: 6.02*10^23 | Jun 10, 2013 5:43:52 PM

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