High-Tech Palace

The palace/hotel itself costs over $3 billion. That’s a hefty price tag. Obviously the result of reckless oil
wealth. Still, you have to admire the
techiness of the builders. Because
buried within it is nearly a thousand miles of blue, red and green fiber-optic and broadcast cable. The
government-owned hotel, which has a separate floor reserved for Gulf Arab royalty, boasts an unbroken bubble of
wireless Internet access on its 250-acre (100-hectare) grounds. The wireless network works everywhere: next to the two
swimming pools, on the private beach, in every bathroom. On the top of a camel.