UAE hotel erects 11-million-dollar Christmas tree
UAE hotel erects 11-million-dollar Christmas tree AFP An Emirati man walks past an 11-million-dollar Christmas tree at the Emirates Palace hotel in the Emirati ¦
by W.G. Dunlop W.g. Dunlop Wed Dec 15, 1:05 pm ET
ABU DHABI (AFP) Christmas came in extravagant fashion to the Muslim desert emirate of Abu Dhabi as a glitzy hotel unveiled a bejewelled Christmas tree valued at more than 11 million dollars on Wednesday.
It is the "most expensive Christmas tree ever," with a "value of over 11 million dollars," said Hans Olbertz, general manager of Emirates Palace hotel, at its inauguration.
The 13-metre (40-foot) faux evergreen, located in the gold leaf-bedecked rotunda of the hotel, is decorated with silver and gold bows, ball-shaped ornaments and small white lights.
But the necklaces, earrings and other jewellery draped around the tree's branches are what give it a record value.
It holds a total of 181 diamonds, pearls, emeralds, sapphires and other precious stones, said Khalifa Khouri, owner of Style Gallery, which provided the jewellery.
"The tree itself is about 10,000 dollars," Olbertz said. "The jewellery has a value of over 11 million dollars -- I think 11.4, 11.5."
This will probably be an entry into the Guinness book of world records, Olbertz said, adding that Emirates Palace planned to....
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Wow that is awesome and extravagant, but Awesome! I want to go and see it!!
by Stacie L5 years ago
So how long do you keep the tree and decorations up?A fake tree can stay a little longer but real ones must go as soon as the needles fall of..right? LOL
by elisabethkcmo7 years ago
some people put it up right after Thanksgiving, some wait until closer to Christmas..
by Ryan Hupfer8 years ago
I wanted to share that me and my girlfriend decided to put up our Christmas tree last weekend since we had some time over the Thanksgiving holiday. After putting it up I started thinking that it could probably make for...
by caravalhophoto7 years ago
Christmas Tree topper Star, removed off Christmas Tree because an Atheist fought it's meaning being religious it represents the Star of Bethlem so it had to be removed as per the Law in regards to religious objects...
by Onusonus5 years ago
Like in legal terms.
by Holle Abee5 years ago
How many of you get your Christmas tree from a tree farm? My youngest daughter and her family do. They make it an annual outing! I'd love to do this, too, but I don't think I could do the walking that's required. If...
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