Monday, April 6, 2009

New honeymoon destination: Saddam's bed

Iraq is looking for tourists! They are offering tourists the chance to spend the night in one of Saddams beds while the palace is being renovated for around one hundred and fifty pounds.

With its Roman columns, chandeliers and gargantuan bathrooms, the palace is a striking example of excess, and one of several reserved for the exclusive pleasure of the dictator, who was deposed in 2003 and executed in 2006.

Perched on top of a man-made hill overlooking the Euphrates, the building has seen better days: even the lavatories were removed in the orgy of looting that followed the allied invasion of the country in 2003. Until 2005, it was occupied by American troops, who have left their mark in the stonework with a variety of graffiti such as “Brian loves Brandy”.

Today outlying buildings that used to house soldiers from Saddam’s special guard have been refurbished and turned into luxury hotel rooms with widescreen televisions and king-size beds. Now the palace bedrooms are to be revamped, and that could take a considerable time.

“I’ve been here three years and I can’t tell you how many bedrooms or bathrooms there are,” said Abdul Satar Naji, in charge of security at the palace.

The palace currently sees around a thousand tourists daily who pay to look around and picnic on the estate.

Now that's where I want to spend my honeymoon. In the bed of a tyrant who tormented those who disagreed with him. Creepy

1 comment:

Steve said...

The stole my idea! When I was there 4 years ago, I said that it would one day be a Club Med.