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.