Tuesday, May 03, 2005

TIME Global Advisor: Palace Coup -- May. 09, 2005

Even by the profligate standards of the Gulf, Abu Dhabi's new Emirates Palace hotel marks a new chapter of excess. A mini-city of monumental cast, the 400-room, pink granite hotel, tel: (971) 2 690 9000, cost its owners, the government of Abu Dhabi, a reputed $3 billion to build. It fronts its own 1.3-km beach and sprawls over 40 impeccably manicured hectares—an astonishing 10 of which are devoted to its vast indoor spaces. Dwarfed by soaring columns and boundless ceilings, guests can wander among 6,040 sq m of gold leafing, 114 domes adorned with glass mosaics, and 1,002 bespoke Swarovski crystal chandeliers, in an interior that seems part Arabian Nights, part Walt Disney.
Not that Time itself is reality-based. Note that May 9 dateline. Today in May 2. No news there, as Time and its competitors have been doing this forever. I guess it's true what Lincoln (or P.T. Barnum) said about fools. (Or is believed to have said. But then, the source of the doubt that he did comes from the not always reliable wiki. Confused? You should be.)

Bloggers could play those games with their datelines, but most don't. Our readers tend not to be fools and we can't afford to treat them otherwise.

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