Pure gold tattoos make Dubai debut

UAE's first gold and platinum tattoo business to open its doors in Burj Al Arab, eyes Saudi expansion

The UAE’s first real gold and platinum tattoo business will set up shop in the iconic five-star Burj Al Arab hotel next week, Arabian Business can reveal.

Starting at AED200 for a small gold tattoo and AED400 for an equivalent platinum one, the temporary tattoos have been available in the emirates for just two months.

Originating from Japan, the tattoos are created from 99 percent gold or platinum foil that is applied directly to the skin. Application takes around 10 minutes.

Arnaud Flambeau, managing director of Flambeau Luxury Trading DMCC, who brought the tattoos to Dubai, told Arabian Business they are already proving popular among the emirates’ sheikhas.

“It’s like jewellery for the body, but it’s also fun,” Flambeau said. “The tattoo is like a second skin and very comfortable to wear. They are ideal for weddings, parties or special occasions.”

The tattoos, called Precious Skin, were created by the Japanese designer Nobuhiko Akastuka in 2006, and until now have not been available in another market, Flambeau said.

Bridal and bespoke designs cost more than standard tattoos and start at $500.

Flambeau, a board member of the Dubai Diamond Exchange, said he plans to expand the business into Saudi Arabia in January.

Join the Discussion

Disclaimer:The view expressed here by our readers are not necessarily shared by Arabian Business, its employees, sponsors or its advertisers.

Please post responsibly. Commenter Rules

Posted by: Johnny

500 Dollars for a temporary tattoo? That's a ridiculous waste of money...

Posted by: Jebel Ali Baba

Johnny, just read ithe article: It is 200AED for golden and 500AED for a platinum one - not 500US$. This are the starting cost for an individual design and I find the prices very fair, knowing the cost of gold and platinum foil... Good value for money.

Posted by: omar

so what happens when it wears off? you lose the gold?

Posted by: Laurie Davis

I personally like Hena Art. It takes a little longer to put on but mine has lasted over a month, and it was only $25.

Posted by: arnaud

it is temporary, stays from 2 days to 6 days.

Posted by: nadia

is the tattoo permanent or temporary?

All comments are subject to approval before appearing

Further reading

Features & Analysis
Saudis tighten their belts for Eid in age of austerity

Saudis tighten their belts for Eid in age of austerity

Gov't cuts, which began late in 2015, are now rippling through...

New Saudi snow city tests kingdom's capacity for fun

New Saudi snow city tests kingdom's capacity for fun

Mixed-gender attraction is a rare opportunity for Saudis of all...

Retail renaissance in Saudi Arabia

Retail renaissance in Saudi Arabia

The largest economy in the GCC is emerging as a lucrative retail...

Most Discussed