16 December, 2008


A LUXURY hotel in Dubai is to create the first refrigerated beach so hotel guests can walk comfortably across the sand on scorching days.
The Palazzo Versace fashion house will have a network of pipes beneath the sand containing a coolant that will absorb heat from the surface.
The swimming pool will be refrigerated and there are also proposals to install giant blowers to waft a gentle breeze over the beach.

"We will suck the heat out of the sand to keep it cool enough to lie on," said Soheil Abedian, founder and president of Palazzo Versace.
"This is the kind of luxury that top people want."
Full story HERE
They've done a survey then have they, to find out what 'top people' want? For crying in a bucket, what is the UAE coming to?
I bet the skivvies that have to pick up the trash* will be applying in their droves.
*This could include the occasional WAG, wasted on all the over-priced Bacardi Breezers.


Jones. Bridget Jones. said...

The Limitless Power of the Human Brain or Arrogance taken to Art Form? Ha!

Did you say GIANT BLOWERS Jayne? Ohlala! ;)

a former popular blogger said...

I am not sure what a skivvie or wag is. All i know is is that half the fun of being on the beach is having the sand burn your feet in the summer time :-)

Abu Dhabi Blogger said...

Once again, Dubai has decided to go too far. This sounds like yet another project without a soul. It probably still won't compare to any South African beach.

Jayne said...

Bridget - giant blowers indeed.......the mind boggles girl, truly boggles!

Stained said...

crazy waste of resources....

Seabee said...

It's this kind of over-the-top stupidity that's making Dubai a place of ridicule around the world.
The world economy is in meltdown, millions of people are losing their jobs and we have things like this and the Atlantis party. Good PR it ain't.

Jones. Bridget Jones. said...

@ Jayne, Bridget's imagination is running riot girl! :p

@ Seabee, it's like little boys with their toys you know.
Burj: Look mommy! Look! Mine is shinier!
Versace: Nah mommy! Look at mine! It makes more noise!

You've nailed it on the head methinks, it's turning into a farce now.

Lirun said...

i met people involved in the first Palazzo Versace project - which if im not wrong is in the gold coast of australia..

very nice people..

i wonder if the heat harvested could be used to generate energy.. could be an interesting process if the hotel ended up being carbon neutral..

nzm said...

Rotating towers, anyone?

Anonymous said...

Refrigerated beaches...what about some clean water for people who need it?


Jayne said...

former popular blogger - translaation: skivvy is a labourer, normally poorly paid & WAG is Wife/and/Girlfriend of a footballer. And you're dead right, half the fun is hopping over the hot sand :-)

ADB - gotta admit, SA beaches at least have a bit of atmosphere or character :-)

stained - most definitely.

seabee - dipsh*ts like the designer houses wouldn't know good PR if it jumped up & bit 'em on the arse. The whole conception - in my opinion - is incredibly tacky.

Lirun - I'm not disputing that 'they' are nice people. Dubai needs another designer hotel like I need another fat roll on my middle aged spread.

nz, - if it's designed to look like the middle finger perhaps? :-)

Dana - or a capable sewerage works, or, or, or

psamtani said...

I always thought the solution to hot sand was slippers. Guess I was thinking too simple. Good job rulers, on destroying the simple town I grew up in.

Anonymous said...

WASTE OF MONEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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