When you think of Dubai, you think of rivers of flowing money and really, really rich people. Gold is everywhere Dubai is definitely a one-of-a-kind rich city, but you have no idea just how extravagant it can be. In Dubai, you can experience the ultimate in conspicuous consumption – eating gold! If you have a couple million dollars to burn, head to Dubai and try out some of these crazy, inexplicably golden items.
1 Edible Gold Ice Cream
So what’s the scoop on the world’s most expensive ice cream? You’d have to ask the only two people in the world who have actually dished out the $817 it costs. Yup, that’s eight hundred seventeen dollars, folks—not a typo. Why so expensive? If you’re going to dine on gold, you’re going to have to pay for it! A Scoopi employee in white gloves and a tux serves Madagascar vanilla bean ice cream topped with rare truffles (yup, the mushroom kind, not the chocolate kind), saffron, and edible gold flakes to the wealthiest of patrons. If you buy it, you can keep the designer bowl and spoon. With that price, you’d better get a souvenir!
2 Royal Pizza
Hmm, buy a house or a pizza? This is the difficult question that diners must decide while debating whether or not they’re in the mood for this $204,200 pizza. Other than the two ounces of edible gold, this pizza includes two types of truffles, French foie gras (whatever that is), saffron from Kashmir, caviar soaked in fine wine, and Japanese matsutake mushrooms. To be honest, the $10 meat lover’s pizza from my favorite chain sounds more appetizing. And less metallic.
3 Golden Phoenix Cupcake
Bloomsbury, a café in Dubai Mall, takes a whole two days to get one of these cupcakes ready for consumption. The cupcake includes vanilla made from Ugandan beans, Italian chocolate, and 23-carat edible gold leaf. The whole thing is dusted with gold and looks absolutely magical. It’s fit for King Solomon, perhaps, but we peasants could never dream of tasting one of these $1007 delights. My only question is, why tack on the extra $7? Why not make it an even grand?
4 Plain Old Edible Gold
If you are what you eat, then maybe this book of gold leaf is worth the price. For about $65, you can have 25 tiny sheets of papery 22-carat gold leaf at your disposal. Now, that’s the way to impress your dinner guests. If you really do want to get some edible bling, Secrets Fine Food sells it online.
5 Pomegranate Martini
At Bā Restaurant & Lounge in Fairmont The Palm, the martinis aren’t sparkling because of bubbles. Rather, it is gold dust that glitters in the glass! This isn’t the most expensive gold drink out there, so regular folk can splurge now and then on one of these drinks. Ha, who are we kidding—it still rings up at about $41. Feasible, but worth it? Maybe, if you must ingest gold dust during your trip to Dubai.
6 Vogue Café Golden Lemonade
Why not add some gold to your summer sipper? For $21, this could be your most attainable golden bucket item. The lemonade is made with herbs, honey, a secret syrup, and, of course, lemon. On top of the ice, a fine dusting of gold is added for effect. The lemonade is supposed be rather sweet and delicious.
7 The White Gold and The Yellow Gold Tea
At The White Gold Tea Salon and Boutique, you can taste tea made from gold-coated leaves. A cup costs $272 dollars, so few have tasted this spectacular creation. The gold isn’t just a sales gimmick. The floral aftertaste is certainly a unique experience.
8 Lussory’s 24-Carat Gold Alcohol Free Wine
What’s the point of wine if it doesn’t have alcohol? Actually, since Dubai is located in a Muslim country, the “alcohol-free” element makes it much more available to the masses. Besides, take a look at the most stand-out ingredient in this beverage and you won’t even care about the lack of alcohol. For $150 a bottle, you can drink this gold-infused, halal wine.
The United Arab Emirates are awash in petro dollars and it shows. Dubai, a gleaming modern wonder, is the most decadent Emirate city of all. When you have so much money that you can literally eat gold, that’s when you know you’ve truly struck it rich.