$11Million Xmas Tree:- Dubai (Video Included)

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.

Read the full story in the “Herald Sun”

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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34 Responses to $11Million Xmas Tree:- Dubai (Video Included)

  1. Jill says:

    This could of only been done in Dubai, I’m sure. It is a lovely tree though, it would be a great Xmas present to be able to pick what ever you would like from the tree. 🙂

  2. malc50 says:

    This once again highlights the unfair distribution of wealth. A study by the World Institute for Development Economics Research at United Nations University reports that the richest 1% of adults alone owned 40% of global assets in the year 2000, and that the richest 10% of adults accounted for 85% of the world total. The bottom half of the world adult population owned 1% of global wealth. Moreover, another study found that the richest 2% own more than half of global household assets. During the Age of Reason, Francis Bacon wrote “Above all things good policy is to be used so that the treasures and monies in a state be not gathered into a few hands… Money is like muck, not good except it be spread.” Almost all of the wealthiest nations in the world today have an elected government with relatively fair and open elections, a capitalist business sector, individual freedom, relatively low corruption, and family planning. Almost all of the poorest countries have a dictator or president-for-life, a government controlled economy, corruption, and a high birth rate.

    Many of Dubai’s 250 000 foreign labourers live in conditions described by Human Rights Watch as being “less than human.” NPR reports that workers “typically live eight to a room, sending home a portion of their salary to their families, whom they don’t see for years at a time.” The global financial crisis has caused the working class of Dubai to be especially hard hit, with many workers not being paid but also being unable to leave the country. According to the census conducted by the Statistics Centre of Dubai, the population of the emirate was 1 771 000 as of 2009, which included 1 370 000 males and 401 000 females (men outnumbering women by more than 3 to 1!). As of 2005, 17% of the population of the emirate was made up of UAE nationals. Approximately 85% of the expatriate population (and 71% of the emirate’s total population) was Asian, chiefly Indian (51%), Pakistani (16%), Bangladeshi (9%) and Filipino (3%). A quarter of the population however reportedly traces their origins to Iran. In addition, 16% of the population (or 288 000 persons) living in collective labour accommodation were not identified by ethnicity or nationality, but were thought to be primarily Asian. The median age in the emirate was about 27 years. The crude birth rate, as of 2005, was 13.6%, while the crude death rate was about 1%. The Dubai Police Force has law enforcement jurisdiction over the emirate; the force is under direct command of Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum, ruler of Dubai. He has his job cut out for him, keeping a lid on this volatile mix.

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi malc50,
      Wow, you did a lot of research. I have to say that I don’t agree with everything you have said, and some parts I do agree with. As far as the workers go in Dubai, I have heard about this as well, but the same thing is happening to workers in a lot of Asian Countries as well, also in other parts of the world, and yes things have got a lot worse everywhere because of the GFC.

    • souldipper says:

      Thank you Malc – besides which, Dubai is bankrupt. Friends of mine in Abu Dhabi visited Dubai and described it as consumer heaven.

      I read how Indian/Asian workers experience deplorable conditions.

      I asked how on earth any arab-oil-producing country could be bankrupt. My friend said, “Don’t forget that just 40 years ago, there was nothing there and everyone was a nomad.”

      We don’t give courses on how to be rich – so competition of power becomes the rule. My toys are bigger than yours!

      Ah the power of money…where are those wise survivors of desert storms?

      • magsx2 says:

        Hi souldipper,
        I also have read about Dubai being bankrupt, and it certainly does make you wonder how this could of happened. The condition of the workers that I have read about are very bad, I also heard some people are now stuck there with no work, and no means of getting out. Power and Money not a good combination I feel.

  3. travelrat says:

    Doesn’t sit well … I don’t care how much it’s worth; it’s vulgar and ostentatious. And, in some Muslim countries, any outward sign of Christianity is forbidden.

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi travelrat,
      Yes I can see a lot of people thinking the same way. I agree over the top, but of course this was mainly done for the publicity, which has certainly worked. As far as I know it is the only 7 star Hotel in the world, and you just know that no matter what they decide to do, it will be something that nobody else has done, the last big thing they did, was the Gold ATM, again plenty of publicity.

    • travelrat says:

      However, having said that, the tree isn’t a particularly Christian thing; it got hi-jacked from the Pagans’ Yuletide symbol. But, it’s still, in my view, tacky, tasteless and completely over the top.

  4. Starry says:

    that is so surreal… how tight is the security?

  5. malc50 says:

    Hi magsx2, I’m not a communist, but somethings are over the top (French and Russian royalty didn’t realise this). Too much excesses and you can understand why the workers might revolt against their overlords. I suggest the ruler of Dubai watch his back, if he is not willing to share his country’s wealth more equitably. Having over 3 males for every female is also a recipe for disaster. (Look up what happened to Christian Fletcher on Pitcairn Island.)

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi malc50,
      Yes you can understand why some workers might not be happy with the situation, but this type of thing does happen in a lot of Countries unfortunately.
      I agree, more Males than Females is not good, look at what has happened in China because of this, and it’s something that will take generations to fix.

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  8. Sue says:

    I love it, it looks really beautiful, something that you would expect from a luxury hotel.

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi Sue,
      I would love to see what the tree looked like with all the lights turned off, I bet it would have a beautiful shine with all that gorgeous jewelry.

  9. Milton says:

    Amazing and lovely tree. But I wanted to educate this person who put this blog on web as “‘$ 11 million Christmas Tree in Dubai”. Emirates Palace Hotel is in Abu Dhabi. Abu Dhabi and Dubai are two seperate emirates. It is like two different States . UAE is a Country and Abu Dhabi is one of the Emirates as well as Capital of UAE. It is also one of the richest place on Planet.

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi Milton,
      Thank You very much for the information.
      Unfortunately when people are searching for this story, a very large percentage of people search for Xmas Tree Dubai, not many people actually know Abu Dhabi. However in the very first sentence of the post you will see that it does say:- “Muslim desert emirate of Abu Dhabi ” but I put Dubai in the heading as people do associate with Dubai rather than Abu Dhabi. The main thing I feel is that the people who wish to read the story of the Xmas Tree find what they are searching for.

      I do appreciate your concern about this, and I hope I have explained it well enough. Thank You very much for visiting and also your comment.

  10. Well, that money could solve the desk problem in Malawi, right? And several other problems in the hotel’s own country. Interesting post and comments, magsx2!

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi Amiable Amiable,
      Yes it is a lot of money, it could certainly buy a lot of things, and solve a lot of problems. I agree, some very interesting comments.

  11. Looks like you are an expert in this field, you got some great points there, but you’ll want to add a facebook button to your blog. I just bookmarked this article, although I had to complete it manually. Simply my $.02 🙂

    – Daniel

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi Daniel,
      I’m glad you liked the post, there is a facebook button under the video, I have a facebook button as well as other buttons on every post. I know that WordPress puts ads on the blogs, this is how we are able to have free blogs, I don’t see the ads, but maybe you didn’t see the button because of this, I’m not sure, but I am sorry you didn’t see it.
      Thank You for visiting my blog, and also Thank You for your comment.

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    • magsx2 says:

      Hi Jocul,
      It is always good to read different opinions, it does make you look at things differently, and gives you an idea what others think.
      Although I had to translate your website, I thought you had a very nice travel piece.
      Thank You for visiting and your comment.

  13. Pamela says:

    Why they dont use 11 million to give to poor people in many countries in Africa? Thats so unfair! Kids in many parts of the world dying with no food to eat, with desnutrition,diseases. For me this tree is the symbol of discrepancy, arrogance and “blindness”. This people is blind, dont see the world problem. Use money just to show off power. Who cares about that!!?

  14. I agree with the commenter who described this tree as surreal. I’m trying to imagine the scaffolding and ladders required to decorate it and am wondering how long it took! It’s hard to imagine how so much wealth can be acquired by such a small number of people…

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  17. RoseCityRemona says:

    Good God! And religious people wonder why us athiests feel so sarcastic about Christmas….hope they let the world’s starving children have a pic…..I think it’s the most disgusting example of warped priorities I’ve ever seen. The Christian Jesus would be rolling over in his grave or wherever he’s supposed to be hanging out these days…..

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi Rose City Remona,
      It was very much a promotional thing for the Hotel, and it worked, it was reported in newspapers around the world, as well being on a lot of TV news as well.
      I agree, over the top, but it would be interesting to know if all this free advertising worked.

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