CHRISTMAS came in extravagant fashion to the Muslim desert emirate of Abu Dhabi as a glitzy hotel unveiled a bejeweled Christmas tree valued at more than $US11 million today.
It is the “most expensive Christmas tree ever”, said Hans Olbertz, general manager of Emirates Palace hotel, at its inauguration.
The 13m 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 jewelery 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 $US10,000,” Mr Olbertz said. “The jewellery has a value of over $US11 million – I think $US11.4, $US11.5.”
The hotel, which bills itself as seven-star, in February introduced a package for a seven-day stay priced at $US1 million.
Takers of the package have a private butler and a chauffeur-driven Maybach luxury car at their disposal during their stay, as well as a private jet available for trips to other countries in the region.
And in May, the hotel opened a gold vending machine, becoming the first place outside Germany to install “gold to go, the world’s first gold vending machine”, said Ex Oriente Lux AG, the German company behind the machine.
Wow, now that’s my type of Xmas Tree. I wonder if after Xmas, all the Jewelry goes back into the store, or they auction it all off? The Jewelry in the video looks gorgeous. You have to admit, it is a beautiful looking Xmas Tree.
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