UAE hotel unveils the most expensive Christmas tree at $11-M
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UAE hotel unveils the most expensive Christmas tree at $11-M

Dubai : United Arab Emirates | Dec 15, 2010 at 5:22 PM PST
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A seven-star hotel in the United Arab Emirates unveiled the most expensive Christmas tree ever on Wednesday. Yes folks, it's a seven-star hotel.

Valued at over $11 million, the bejewelled Christmas tree was made public by the Emirates Palace Hotel at its inauguration.

The Christian symbol of the yuletide season stands 13 meters (40 feet), and is colored evergreen with all the trimmings such as small lights, ball-shaped ornaments, and silver and gold bows. It is placed in the gold leaf-bedecked rotunda of the hotel.

What made the tree highly valued are its jewelry decorations. The tree has a total of 181 diamonds, emeralds, pearls, sapphires and other precious stones. The gems were provided by the Style Gallery.

According to the general manager of the hotel, the tree costs about $10,000. The jewelry ornaments, however, are valued at more than $11 million, between $11.4 and $11.5 million.

The hotel administration is inviting the Guinness Book of World Records for its possible entry in to the books. The tree is up until the end of the year.

The hotel's general manager defended the extravagant Christmas tree built in a Muslim country. He said that UAE is a very liberal country. He thinks that it will not offend any religious sector.

The very expensive Christmas tree was built in a luxurious seven-star hotel that offers a seven-day package worth $1-million since February this year.

Interested takers will be provided a private butler and a chauffeur-driven Maybach luxury car. A private jet is available for tours to other countries within the region.

Last May, the hotel inaugurated a gold-to-go vending machine. It was the first country outside Germany to install the machine.

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An Emirati man walks past an 11-million-dollar Christmas tree at the Emirates Palace hotel
An Emirati man walks past an 11-million-dollar Christmas tree at the Emirates Palace hotel
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