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Where to Find One of the World's First Gold Bar ATM Machines

Where: West End Corniche, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
May 13, 2010 at 8:52 AM | by | ()

Even though it sounds like something out of a James Bond movie, there is now an ATM that dispenses pure gold, and it happens to be in the one place we'd absolutely expect it to be: Abu Dhabi. Dubai ain't got nothing on them now, huh?

Sitting inside the Kempinski Emirates Palace Hotel on the West End Corniche, this machine will draw tourists and locals just to gawk at it, and who knows if security will be needed for people who actually want to use it to grab a gold bar to go. It's actually called Gold To Go, developed by a German, and it monitors the daily gold price ($1,245 an ounce yesterday!) and "offers small bars up to 10 grams or coins with customized designs." The first machines appeared in Frankfurt Airport a year ago, and now they're gaining steam.

And before you start imagining sheiks hopping out of their Bentleys for a quick ATM run here, we're guessing that Gold to Go's novelty would be extra popular with the footballers on Manchester City's soccer team, since they winter here on the hotel's FIFA standard pitch. Gotta have a souvenir to bring back to the girlfriend, right?

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· Thar's Gold in Them German Vending Machines! [Jaunted]
· Abu Dhabi, Where the ATMs Are Filled with Gold [Awl]
· Abu Dhabi Hotel Boasts ATM With a Golden Touch [AP]
· Luxury Travel [Jaunted]

[Photo: Emirates Palace Hotel]

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