Jobs that sparkle: the UAE's experts tell us what it's like to work with gold

It’s in facials, on cappuccinos and most recently on the award-winning Burg Khalifa. But what is gold leaf like to work with when it comes to more permanent projects? We speak to a variety of artists about this tricky material.


Gold-leaf gilder

All that glitters is gold at Emirates Palace. Most of the ceiling and many of its walls, totalling a one-kilometre surface, are covered in Italian gold leaf. Altogether, 80 kilograms of gold were used for the US$3.5 billion (Dh12bn) project, which is the second most expensive hotel ever built. Indian engineer Manoj Kuriakose (pictured) leads a team of seven, whose job is to make sure the gold maintains its stately appearance. For this, they use an age-old application process called gilding, which Kuriakose claims is not used in…

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