Muslim Nation Has World's Most Expensive Xmas Tree

By kokuaguy,  Newser User

Posted Dec 17, 2010 12:14 PM CST

(User Submitted) – The general manager of a posh hotel in Abu Dhabi, UAE will ask Guinness World Records to confirm that the Christmas tree erected in its lobby is the world's most expensive, reports BBC News. While the cost of the 43 foot tree alone was just $10,000, jewel encrusted decorations, including bracelets, necklaces, and watches containing diamonds, pearls, emeralds, sapphires and other precious stones bring the total price tag to over $11 million, according Emirates Palace hotel manager Hans Olbertz. The hotel's lobby tree is an annual ritual, but Olberts admits that this year his marketing team decided to do "something special." Asked if he thought the tree would be offensive to the population of the UAE, most of whom are Muslim, Olberts was optimistic. "It's a very liberal country," he responded.
The tree is the latest in a series of stunts by the management of the publicity seeking hotel, which has promoted a $1million Valentine's Day package, and a gold vending machine in the past. Understandably, security measures are heavy. "We have 24/7 security, four security guards closely monitoring the space plus security cameras, said Hazem Harfoush, assistant marketing director. Read the full article.

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