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 Thelma Raker Coffone5 years ago
Do you decorate with a live Christmas tree, an artificial one or no tree at all?
by Stacie L6 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 TheHoleStory4 years ago
Can any hubbers out there tell me what is this Christmas tree made of?
by peachy2 years ago
Do you buy a decorate a Christmas Tree even if you are not a Christian?I see eatery outlets and friends who are not Christians, decorate fake Christmas tree just for the joy. I admire them. Do you do the same?
by Sturgeonl4 years ago
Artificial or real Christmas tree...what is your preference and why?
by Phyllis Doyle Burns2 years ago
When do you take your Christmas tree down?My mother always took the tree down on January 7, the day after Epiphany, the Three Kings Day.Image source: Phyllis Doyle
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