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5 of the World’s Most Expensive Things in the UAE

The UAE’s love for superlatives has somewhat slowed down post economic slowdown; but as this list will show, it is still quite present.

November 20, 2011 5:34 by

  • The UAE is known for its opulence and love for superlatives. When we read about the world’s most expensive bag on sale in Dubai for Dh13.9 million, we couldn’t help but compile a list of the latest items that have been on sale or display that keep million Dirham bag company. This hand bag is made out of 18 carat gold and studded with 4,517 diamonds, and was designed by Robert Mouawad.  It took ten elves, I mean ‘artisans’ over 8,800 hours to complete the work for this extravagant purse.

  • Earlier this week the world’s most expensive bathtub found an owner in a mysterious buyer in Dubai. The bathtub carved from a solid block of a rare, precious stone, caijou stone, was bought for a cool Dh6.4 million. The Le Grand Queen, of course it has its own name and such a pretentious one as that, was bought during the ongoing Dubai International Jewellery week.

  • Earlier this year, it emerged in The National that Bugatti is making the most expensive custom-made car for an unnamed UAE businessman. Said businessman prefers anonymity (yesm because driving in a flashy car just screams discreet and anonymous, doesn’t it?). Anyway, what we can tell you for sure is that he owns at least 800 other cars. Kipp’s yet to see said world’s most expensive car on the road but we’ve been keeping an eye out for it.

  • OK, so probably not the most recent, but still worth a mention. At US$ 217 Million, the  Dubai Musical Fountain Set at the Dubai Mall Lake is the world’s most expensive fountain—though, the fountain is probably the world’s most beautiful fountains too.  The Fountain is 900 feet long and can spray jets up to 500 feet high and can spray up to as much as 22,000 gallons of water.

  • Last year Emirates Palace was home to the world’s most expensive tree that was embellished with 181 diamonds, pearls, emeralds, and sapphires…all provided by Style Gallery. Putting aside the fact that the UAE isn’t even a Christian country, Kipp couldn’t help but feel that this culturally irrelevant, shamelessly flashy display of wealth really missed the whole point of the Christmas Spirit.


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