$11 Million Christmas Tree

Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi has unveiled what it is calling the world’s most expensive Christmas tree in history.

The tree alone is valued at $10,000 but it’s what’s dangling from the branches that makes this beauty so pricey.

The 13-meter (a little more than 42-feet) faux evergreen sparkles in the hotel’s gold-leafed rotunda and is decorated with silver and gold bows, ball-shaped ornaments and small white lights.

The tree is draped with a total of 181 diamonds, pearls, emeralds, sapphires and other precious stones, said Khalifa Khouri, owner of Style Gallery which provided the jewelry. Combined with its bejeweled accessories – including necklaces, earrings and other jewelry created from the gems – the tree prices out at a whopping $11 million.

Hotel manager Hans Olbertz has now asked the Guinness Book of Records to certify the tree.

“We had to do something different,” – he explained to reporters at the official unveiling.

The tree was also unlikely to offend sensibilities in the largely Muslim country, he added.

“It is a very liberal place,” – Olbertz explained.

Security is on hand 24-hours a day to ensure nobody helps themselves to an early present.

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