The locals pride themselves on their collection of gold, and some feel it is not enough to just own gold in the form of jewellery – they like to dress their homes in gold too!
The recent craze is to accent interior furnishings in gold, just like you see in the lavish hotels like Emirates Palace and the Burj Al Arab. People like to dress their dinner tables in real roses dipped in gold or give gold gifts in the form of pens, mobile phones and dummies for babies. If you are after a mini souvenir like these – head to the Madinat Zayed Gold Centre where you can find any style to suit your budget.
If you feel special enough to leave around a chunk of gold on your desk – why not get a paperweight to make you feel like a king. The famous jewellers Damas hold a few designs in the form of an oryx, flowers and shoes to suit anyone’s hobbies.
Another brilliant gift idea is to have your name written in Arabic and then carved in gold as a pendant, bracelet or ring. The beautiful Arabic calligraphy is a timeless form of design and sure to be a hit for whoever.
And finally, the edible gold. Only in the UAE, can you not only wear your gold, you can eat it too. The chocolatier – Patchi recently brought out a promotional chocolate sprayed and decorated in gold leaf – perfect for proposing with – just don’t eat the ring! Or for a special treat – head to Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi and their lobby café serve a selection of desserts laced in gold dust. Apparently 5 kilos of edible gold are used in their desserts every year. Not bad if you want to make up for your RDA of gold!