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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

Pure gold tattoos make Dubai debut
Gold tattoo Flambeau Luxury Trading DMCC

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.

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nadia 8 years ago

is the tattoo permanent or temporary?

arnaud 8 years ago

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

Laurie Davis 8 years ago

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.

omar 8 years ago

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

Johnny 8 years ago

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

Jebel Ali Baba 8 years ago

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.