Offbeat Images: There’s Gold in Them Thar Dubai ATMs

Posted by - October 20, 2012 | Category: Peculiarities

Gold to Go – The Gold ATM, Dubai, UAE

Maybe I need to get out more, or maybe I’m just running with the wrong crowd, but when I spotted this Gold ATM smack dab in the middle of a gift shop in the Dubai Mall, I felt a smidgen out of my league.

Who are the people that use these? Gold ATM, Burj Khalifa, Dubai, UAEGold-plated (naturally), the automated banking vending machine here dispenses Burj Khalifa-emblazoned gold bars, coins, and medallions instead of something slightly more practical…like, say, gold teeth. Credit card and cash are dutifully accepted.

There are currently 20 of the machines in operation around the world – 3 of which are in Dubai: the one here at the Burj Khalifa gift shop in the Dubai Mall, one on the 124th floor observation deck of the Burj Khalifa (the world’s tallest building), and another in the Atlantis Hotel on The Palms man-made islands.

Here’s a handy Gold ATM Finder to find the location of one near you. (No word on any Android or iPhone app coming soon.)Gold ATM, Dubai Mall, Burj Khalifa, Dubai, UAEThis is the gold ATM located on the 124th floor.


Convenient in case there’s a line-up at the gift shop machine I suppose. And no I didn’t withdraw any gold — all my money’s tied up in silver. (That loose change in the couch has gotta be worth something right?)

Have you seen a Gold ATM in your travels?

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27 comments - add one
  1. Goodness, how bizarre. Yes indeed, who ARE these people who use such gilded vending machines?

    Then again, I admit, I bought a handful of those Krugerrands (albeit .1 oz. coins) whilst in South Africa about 10 years ago. But only because… my surname happens to be “Kruger”, so natch, I bought them as souvenirs for my family.

    Not a bad investment actually – as I paid about $45 apiece (i.e. when gold was at $450/oz.) So they’re now worth more than DOUBLE what I paid in 2004.

  2. I saw these at Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi but we were not allowed to take photos. I think if I insert my modest bank card the machine will throw it out disgusted 😛

  3. How handy. After all, you never know when you’re going to be caught without a gold bar in your pocket (Mae West: Is that a gold bar in your pocket or are you just glad to see me?)Alas, none in Tucson, but I see the Golden Nugget (natch!) in Las Vegas has one!

  4. Yes, we have 3 in our mall- kidding! Why unless you were say way out in the middle of nowhere and they only bartered would you need gold? The only other thing would be something illegal perhaps? Thats just odd!


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