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The Palace of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan
Status: Email hoax (real pictures, fake caption)
Bad: Falling for an email hoax. Worse: Using the hoax as the basis for your presentation to the local city planning commission, thereby displaying your gullibility to the entire public.

As reported by the Muncie Star Press (no link), Don Love gets the award for doing the latter. He received an email containing a series of pictures of an opulent estate (shown below), with the caption:

In case you're wondering where this hotel is, it isn't a hotel at all. IT IS A HOUSE! It's owned by the family of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the former president of the United Arab Emirates and ruler of Abu-Dhabi.

Enraged, he made a slide presentation out of the pictures and showed them to the planning commission, as part of his effort to get them to approve construction of an ethanol plant. His point was that they should promote local energy projects, to prevent all the city's money going to greedy, oil-rich sheiks. He told them: "This is the type of thing being done with your petro dollars that I want to re-patriate. Keep in mind the gentleman has more than 20 wives. This is one of 70 baths. Some are bigger than my house. This is his little swimming pool. These are his cars."

Of course, the pictures don't show a sheik's palace. In reality they show a fancy hotel in Abu Dhabi called the Emirates Palace. All the stuff about 20 wives is bogus too. If Love had bothered to do any research, he would have found this out. He probably could also have found some real pictures of a sheik's palace, which would have been a more effective way of making his point. Incidentally, my other house (the one in my daydreams) looks just like the one in the pictures.

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Categories: Email HoaxesPhotos/VideosPlaces
Posted by The Curator on Tue Nov 15, 2005
THIS IS CRAZY! :| A LOT of people are dying each day all over the world and you spend your money on something not important? >:| this is insane. :| this is TOO MUCH for a person. i sure don't have much but. i share my blessings to those in need. not like this crazy man who built a house for himself only. it's funny why a rich person cannot share what he has and a person who doesn't have much can give a lot. funny right? :| >:|
Posted by bangboom lalala  in  there  on  Fri Mar 20, 2009  at  08:57 AM
Obviously this hoax has been going around for a long time from the dates of the replies I see. I just got the email today.
Before beleiving it I did some research and found out that yes, you can book a room at this hotel, and the Sheikh the email is portraying was a peaceful, well respected man throughout the world.

I think the email is disrespectful.

The email speaks about God and praying to God but the writer is a liar.
Posted by Joseph Murro  in  New Jersey  on  Tue Apr 14, 2009  at  05:25 PM
ALLAHU-AKBAR. MAY WE NOT BE LEFT BEHIND
Posted by Faisal  in  Lagos, Nigeria.  on  Sat May 30, 2009  at  05:49 AM
just i think always with my self that will i be becom rich ohhhhhhh idont think so
Posted by waheedullah  in  kabul afghanistan  on  Sun Oct 18, 2009  at  02:15 AM
A car made of silver metal ie without a steel substrate could only be ornmental.There are no camel droppings so must be a full blown hoax. You'd have take a camel to get from one room to the next.
Posted by Doug Beames  in  Holland Park  on  Mon Nov 02, 2009  at  04:27 AM
Amazing palace, nice cars!! where can I see more photos?
Posted by Andrew Backs  in  Dubai  on  Thu Mar 11, 2010  at  05:24 PM
it's really 2 big ALLAH plz give 2 me also in jannah nt this bigger than this i know ALLAH is really very great
Posted by aayan  in  india  on  Fri Feb 25, 2011  at  11:00 AM
Its a Fabulous architectural on earth. its like a haven. My eyes has never seen before this kind of house. Today i realized why we pay more and more for gasoline and Petrol. Its like a sex no need to understand just enjoy.
Posted by Darshan  in  India  on  Mon Mar 26, 2012  at  08:05 AM
For your information, This is a HOTEL not a House !!!!!! I am from the UAE and I know this Hotel very well. It's called Emirates palace Hotlel. The hotel is run by kempinski Hotels.


Hotel website :
http://www.kempinski.com/en/abudhabi/pages/welcome.aspx
Posted by M  in  Australia  on  Thu May 03, 2012  at  07:23 PM
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