Have you planned for your Christmas yet?
Seems, Abu Dhabi is more than ready. A Christmas tree that costs $11 million (£7 million) and is thought to be the most expensive ever decorated has been unveiled at Abu Dhabi’s Emirates Palace hotel. The 40-foot-tall tree is decorated with silver and gold bows, ball-shaped ornaments and white lights. Its branches are draped with 181 diamonds, pearls, emeralds, sapphires and other previous stones.
It is the “most expensive Christmas tree ever,” said Hans Olbertz, general manager of Emirates Palace hotel, according to Agence-France Presse. “The tree itself is about 10,000 dollars,” Olbertz said. “The jewelry has a value of over 11 million dollars.”
The Emirates Palace hotel, which hopes to register the tree in the Guinness Book of World Records, is no stranger to luxury. The Guinness web site lists a $10.8 million tree erected in 2002 in Toyko with 83 pieces of jewellery from Piaget Japan.
Christmas spirit is not rare in the United Arab Emirates, which is officially Muslim but is host to a huge foreign population.