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Abu Dhabi hotel unveils $11m Christmas tree

Emirates Palace aims to break world record for most expensive tree, with jewellery-draped branches

Abu Dhabi hotel unveils $11m Christmas tree
RECORD PLANS: Emirates Palace hotel has unveiled what is thought to be the world’s most expensive Christmas tree (Getty Images)

Emirates Palace hotel, the luxury Abu Dhabi hotel, has unveiled what is thought to be the world’s most expensive Christmas tree, valued at more than $11m.

The 13-metre fake evergreen tree is located in the hotel’s lobby, and is decorated with silver and gold bows, ball-shaped ornaments and small white lights.

However, the record value of the tree is due to the necklaces, earrings and other jewellery draped over its branches.

Khalifa Khouri, owner of Style Gallery, which provided the jewellery, said that the tree held 181 diamonds, pearls, emeralds, sapphires and other precious stones.

"The tree itself is about $10,000," said Hans Olbertz, general manager of the Emirates Palace, in comments quoted by AFP.

"The jewellery has a value of over $11m -- I think $11.4m, $11.5m."

Olbertz added that the hotel planned to contact the Guinness book of world records about the tree, which will remain in its location until the end of the year.

The general manager added that he did not believe the tree would offend religious sensibilities.

In March, the self-styled ‘seven star’ hotel launched the world’s first gold bar vending machine.

The Gold To Go machine, itself covered in 24-carat gold, dispenses one, five and 10 gram bars as well as one ounce bars of gold.

Six gold coins of varied weights and engraved with symbols of gold-producing nations Canada, Australia and South Africa, are also dispensed by the machine.

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Mick 9 years ago

Nothing like taking a holiday of giving, kindness and caring and making it all about the projection of wealth and unnecessary excess

Chris Njoki 9 years ago

just cant stop thinking about millions of people that the money spent on that tree could feed back at home in Kenya

Megzy 9 years ago

Honestly, I feel this is just a show of wealth.

Inga 9 years ago

great comment Mick. Agree 100% with you!

Shahdad 9 years ago

No comments!

girl 9 years ago

Well said Mick

Inga 9 years ago

especially with all the starving people in the world..

Jebel Ali Baba 9 years ago

Maybe Emirates Palace donates the tree and its bling to charity? This would be a good promotion worth a Guinness Book entry.

Jim 9 years ago

This is so crass, totally contrary to the spirit of Christmas.

Daniel 9 years ago

If they had Christmas ornaments made with jewels it would be one thing but to hang necklaces and watches on a tree just to make it the most expensive Christmas tree is ridiculous.