The Emirates Palace Hotel in Abu Dhabi is the height of extravagance. Crystal chandeliers, gleaming marble floors, luxurious carpets and gold-plated finishes are all a testament to the wealth of the region. The photo below provides the best evidence:

A vending machine selling gold bars. I wonder if anyone actually buys from it (who carries that much cash around?!) Many tourists were gawking at it just as we were.