Window shop this! Deluxe gifts that oil-rich Arabs shell-out for this holiday season

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Last week someone uploaded a YouTube video showing luxury cars (including Porsche, Mercedes and Lamborghini) being transported in Saudi Arabia, all in metallic gold colors, prompting speculation that the cars might be made of gold, or at least be gold-plated!
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Image 1 of 11:  1 / 11Last week someone uploaded a YouTube video showing luxury cars (including Porsche, Mercedes and Lamborghini) being transported in Saudi Arabia, all in metallic gold colors, prompting speculation that the cars might be made of gold, or at least be gold-plated!

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 If a smokin’ hot luxury car is not your thing, how about a sheesha pipe made by a luxury carmaker?  A Bugatti-branded pipe, described as 'the ultimate statement for shisha connoisseurs', can be yours for a cool $100,000. (No clue if the carbon fiber, titanium and hand-sewn leather pipe makes your sheesha take any better!)
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Image 2 of 11:  2 / 11 If a smokin’ hot luxury car is not your thing, how about a sheesha pipe made by a luxury carmaker? A Bugatti-branded pipe, described as "the ultimate statement for shisha connoisseurs", can be yours for a cool $100,000. (No clue if the carbon fiber, titanium and hand-sewn leather pipe makes your sheesha take any better!)

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 For smokers who prefer a more-hands-on experience, try a hand-rolled Gurkha cigar, maker of the His Majesty's Reserve, a limited-production cigar infused with rare cognac, priced at $25,000 per box. The world’s most expensive cigar is the Gurkha Black Dragon. A chest of 100 cigars will set you back $115,000. Holy smokes!
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Image 3 of 11:  3 / 11 For smokers who prefer a more-hands-on experience, try a hand-rolled Gurkha cigar, maker of the His Majesty's Reserve, a limited-production cigar infused with rare cognac, priced at $25,000 per box. The world’s most expensive cigar is the Gurkha Black Dragon. A chest of 100 cigars will set you back $115,000. Holy smokes!

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Take a shine to a 24-carat gold-plated Apple iPad3! Its casing is encrusted with 360 Swarovski crystals embedded on a pure silver apple logo. The maker, Amosu Couture, says it “radiates” pure elegance. Maybe the $4,400 price tag “radiates” that you have more dollars than “sense”!
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Image 4 of 11:  4 / 11Take a shine to a 24-carat gold-plated Apple iPad3! Its casing is encrusted with 360 Swarovski crystals embedded on a pure silver apple logo. The maker, Amosu Couture, says it “radiates” pure elegance. Maybe the $4,400 price tag “radiates” that you have more dollars than “sense”!

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 Danish custom motorcycle designer, Lauge Jensen, sold the costliest bike ever. All 859 individual parts of this bike were plated in 24-karat gold, with 250 diamonds (around 7 carats) providing some extra sparkle. The motorcycle showcased at exclusive events in Dubai and Monaco and sold for about $850,000 to a mystery biker.
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Image 5 of 11:  5 / 11 Danish custom motorcycle designer, Lauge Jensen, sold the costliest bike ever. All 859 individual parts of this bike were plated in 24-karat gold, with 250 diamonds (around 7 carats) providing some extra sparkle. The motorcycle showcased at exclusive events in Dubai and Monaco and sold for about $850,000 to a mystery biker.

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Snap up a crocodile handbag! Gucci’s Soft Stirrup Crocodile Shoulder Bag is one of 2014’s Top 10 Priciest Purses, costing $32,500. The leather-lined bag comes with a shoulder strap and zips closed at the top for added security. Not that you’ll have any money leftover to worry about!
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Image 6 of 11:  6 / 11Snap up a crocodile handbag! Gucci’s Soft Stirrup Crocodile Shoulder Bag is one of 2014’s Top 10 Priciest Purses, costing $32,500. The leather-lined bag comes with a shoulder strap and zips closed at the top for added security. Not that you’ll have any money leftover to worry about!

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All that glitters isn’t necessarily gold. Check out this pink Apple iPhone 5S.  Originally issued as a special Valentine’s Day edition, you can now get one from luxe brand Amosu Couture with sides encrusted in pink Swarovski crystals. The $2,400 phone comes with a free leather case, to keep the gadget in the pink!
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Image 7 of 11:  7 / 11All that glitters isn’t necessarily gold. Check out this pink Apple iPhone 5S. Originally issued as a special Valentine’s Day edition, you can now get one from luxe brand Amosu Couture with sides encrusted in pink Swarovski crystals. The $2,400 phone comes with a free leather case, to keep the gadget in the pink!

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 Boys love their toys, but everyone loves Lego! So splurge on a stunning Lego Star Wars Ultimate Collectors’ Millennium Falcon comes with a price tag that’s out of this world - $3,888.88!
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Image 8 of 11:  8 / 11 Boys love their toys, but everyone loves Lego! So splurge on a stunning Lego Star Wars Ultimate Collectors’ Millennium Falcon comes with a price tag that’s out of this world - $3,888.88!

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 Pets make popular gifts, so go large with an Ashera, the world’s most expensive cat breed. These kitties are specially bred by biotech company, Lifestyle Pets, to be (allegedly) hypoallergenic.  It’s price tag of $27,950 is nothing to sneeze at!
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Image 9 of 11:  9 / 11 Pets make popular gifts, so go large with an Ashera, the world’s most expensive cat breed. These kitties are specially bred by biotech company, Lifestyle Pets, to be (allegedly) hypoallergenic. It’s price tag of $27,950 is nothing to sneeze at!

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 Love ritzy timepieces? The new HM6 Space Pirate Watch by MB&F is out of this world! Titanium time-telling “domes” encase exquisite technology that has 10 sapphire crystals, 475 interior components and 80 exterior components.Only 50 of these watches will be made, each $230,000!
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Image 10 of 11:  10 / 11 Love ritzy timepieces? The new HM6 Space Pirate Watch by MB&F is out of this world! Titanium time-telling “domes” encase exquisite technology that has 10 sapphire crystals, 475 interior components and 80 exterior components.Only 50 of these watches will be made, each $230,000!

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 Chewing your nails fretting how you’ll pay for this stuff? Soon you can download a free app let you turn your favorite Instagram photos into custom nail polish stickers. “Nailsnaps” lets you pick pix and position them just how you want them on your nails. Wearable selfies can be yours, just drop $47,000 in the developers Kickstarter campaign!
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Image 11 of 11:  11 / 11 Chewing your nails fretting how you’ll pay for this stuff? Soon you can download a free app let you turn your favorite Instagram photos into custom nail polish stickers. “Nailsnaps” lets you pick pix and position them just how you want them on your nails. Wearable selfies can be yours, just drop $47,000 in the developers Kickstarter campaign!

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Last week someone uploaded a YouTube video showing luxury cars (including Porsche, Mercedes and Lamborghini) being transported in Saudi Arabia, all in metallic gold colors, prompting speculation that the cars might be made of gold, or at least be gold-plated!

Image 1 of 11Last week someone uploaded a YouTube video showing luxury cars (including Porsche, Mercedes and Lamborghini) being transported in Saudi Arabia, all in metallic gold colors, prompting speculation that the cars might be made of gold, or at least be gold-plated!

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 If a smokin’ hot luxury car is not your thing, how about a sheesha pipe made by a luxury carmaker?  A Bugatti-branded pipe, described as 'the ultimate statement for shisha connoisseurs', can be yours for a cool $100,000. (No clue if the carbon fiber, titanium and hand-sewn leather pipe makes your sheesha take any better!)

Image 2 of 11 If a smokin’ hot luxury car is not your thing, how about a sheesha pipe made by a luxury carmaker? A Bugatti-branded pipe, described as "the ultimate statement for shisha connoisseurs", can be yours for a cool $100,000. (No clue if the carbon fiber, titanium and hand-sewn leather pipe makes your sheesha take any better!)

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 For smokers who prefer a more-hands-on experience, try a hand-rolled Gurkha cigar, maker of the His Majesty's Reserve, a limited-production cigar infused with rare cognac, priced at $25,000 per box. The world’s most expensive cigar is the Gurkha Black Dragon. A chest of 100 cigars will set you back $115,000. Holy smokes!

Image 3 of 11 For smokers who prefer a more-hands-on experience, try a hand-rolled Gurkha cigar, maker of the His Majesty's Reserve, a limited-production cigar infused with rare cognac, priced at $25,000 per box. The world’s most expensive cigar is the Gurkha Black Dragon. A chest of 100 cigars will set you back $115,000. Holy smokes!

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Take a shine to a 24-carat gold-plated Apple iPad3! Its casing is encrusted with 360 Swarovski crystals embedded on a pure silver apple logo. The maker, Amosu Couture, says it “radiates” pure elegance. Maybe the $4,400 price tag “radiates” that you have more dollars than “sense”!

Image 4 of 11Take a shine to a 24-carat gold-plated Apple iPad3! Its casing is encrusted with 360 Swarovski crystals embedded on a pure silver apple logo. The maker, Amosu Couture, says it “radiates” pure elegance. Maybe the $4,400 price tag “radiates” that you have more dollars than “sense”!

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 Danish custom motorcycle designer, Lauge Jensen, sold the costliest bike ever. All 859 individual parts of this bike were plated in 24-karat gold, with 250 diamonds (around 7 carats) providing some extra sparkle. The motorcycle showcased at exclusive events in Dubai and Monaco and sold for about $850,000 to a mystery biker.

Image 5 of 11 Danish custom motorcycle designer, Lauge Jensen, sold the costliest bike ever. All 859 individual parts of this bike were plated in 24-karat gold, with 250 diamonds (around 7 carats) providing some extra sparkle. The motorcycle showcased at exclusive events in Dubai and Monaco and sold for about $850,000 to a mystery biker.

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Snap up a crocodile handbag! Gucci’s Soft Stirrup Crocodile Shoulder Bag is one of 2014’s Top 10 Priciest Purses, costing $32,500. The leather-lined bag comes with a shoulder strap and zips closed at the top for added security. Not that you’ll have any money leftover to worry about!

Image 6 of 11Snap up a crocodile handbag! Gucci’s Soft Stirrup Crocodile Shoulder Bag is one of 2014’s Top 10 Priciest Purses, costing $32,500. The leather-lined bag comes with a shoulder strap and zips closed at the top for added security. Not that you’ll have any money leftover to worry about!

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All that glitters isn’t necessarily gold. Check out this pink Apple iPhone 5S.  Originally issued as a special Valentine’s Day edition, you can now get one from luxe brand Amosu Couture with sides encrusted in pink Swarovski crystals. The $2,400 phone comes with a free leather case, to keep the gadget in the pink!

Image 7 of 11All that glitters isn’t necessarily gold. Check out this pink Apple iPhone 5S. Originally issued as a special Valentine’s Day edition, you can now get one from luxe brand Amosu Couture with sides encrusted in pink Swarovski crystals. The $2,400 phone comes with a free leather case, to keep the gadget in the pink!

8

 Boys love their toys, but everyone loves Lego! So splurge on a stunning Lego Star Wars Ultimate Collectors’ Millennium Falcon comes with a price tag that’s out of this world - $3,888.88!

Image 8 of 11 Boys love their toys, but everyone loves Lego! So splurge on a stunning Lego Star Wars Ultimate Collectors’ Millennium Falcon comes with a price tag that’s out of this world - $3,888.88!

9

 Pets make popular gifts, so go large with an Ashera, the world’s most expensive cat breed. These kitties are specially bred by biotech company, Lifestyle Pets, to be (allegedly) hypoallergenic.  It’s price tag of $27,950 is nothing to sneeze at!

Image 9 of 11 Pets make popular gifts, so go large with an Ashera, the world’s most expensive cat breed. These kitties are specially bred by biotech company, Lifestyle Pets, to be (allegedly) hypoallergenic. It’s price tag of $27,950 is nothing to sneeze at!

10

 Love ritzy timepieces? The new HM6 Space Pirate Watch by MB&F is out of this world! Titanium time-telling “domes” encase exquisite technology that has 10 sapphire crystals, 475 interior components and 80 exterior components.Only 50 of these watches will be made, each $230,000!

Image 10 of 11 Love ritzy timepieces? The new HM6 Space Pirate Watch by MB&F is out of this world! Titanium time-telling “domes” encase exquisite technology that has 10 sapphire crystals, 475 interior components and 80 exterior components.Only 50 of these watches will be made, each $230,000!

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 Chewing your nails fretting how you’ll pay for this stuff? Soon you can download a free app let you turn your favorite Instagram photos into custom nail polish stickers. “Nailsnaps” lets you pick pix and position them just how you want them on your nails. Wearable selfies can be yours, just drop $47,000 in the developers Kickstarter campaign!

Image 11 of 11 Chewing your nails fretting how you’ll pay for this stuff? Soon you can download a free app let you turn your favorite Instagram photos into custom nail polish stickers. “Nailsnaps” lets you pick pix and position them just how you want them on your nails. Wearable selfies can be yours, just drop $47,000 in the developers Kickstarter campaign!

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Sometimes even billionaires need help finding pricey, novelty toys. When a Saudi prince needs a Hermès helicopter or some bespoke luggage made from spaceship materials, he calls Benedict Wormald, concierge to the uber-rich. Wormald is a “procurement specialist” for ultra-high-net-worth individuals (UHNWI) - the top 1% of the world’s richest 1%! Part broker, part designer, part concierge, the principal of London-based Benedict and Company can procure anything for anyone, anytime, anywhere - if the price is right.

“Many members of Middle Eastern royal families actually sit and look at our Instagram every day for about 10 minutes after dinner,” he told Vocativ. Royals shop on Instagram?

"Just last night, I had a query on a $475,000 Patek to the Middle East, one of only five ever made and just released," he says. He handles many requests for children, too, such as children’s mini-cars that are one-third scale and achieve speeds up to 80 miles an hour. Some of his Middle East clients have tracks with a fleet of mini-cars for fully grown men to race!

Middle East consumers have the highest per capita spending on luxury goods in the world according to a report by global management firm Bain & Company. The Saudi royal family holds tens of trillions of dollars of wealth, and their appetite for lux products is legendary. But it's Dubai that's the biggest regional market, accounting for nearly 30% of total market share (the Emirati royal family is estimated to hold a paltry $150 billion).

Bain says the average per capita bling budget for the Middle East is about $1,900 per year - but you know not all of us are indulging!  Pretend for a moment you were, which of these fab toys would you go for?

 

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