The most expensive Christmas Tree in the world

The 7-star Emirates Palace Hotel in Abu Dhabi has unveiled an $11m Christmas tree.

Emirates Palace hotel unveils $11m Christmas tree with diamonds in Abu Dhabi

Surrounded by examples of decadent wealth, Abu Dhabi is probably the only place where an $11m Christmas tree might not seem a little over the top.

Dubbed one of the ‘most expensive Christmas trees ever’, the glitzy Emirates Palace hotel has unveiled the 40ft evergreen in its gold-leaf bedecked atrium.

Decorated with traditional silver and gold bows, baubles and white lights, the tree is also decked out in necklaces, earrings and other jewellery giving it its record value.

It holds a total of 181 diamonds, pearls, emeralds, sapphires and other precious stones according to Khalifa Khouri, owner of Style Gallery which provided the jewellery.

Hans Olbertz, general manager of the hotel, said: ‘The tree itself is about $10,000. The jewellery has a value of over $11million – I think 11.4m, 11.5m.’

I was at this hotel for a work assignment for two weeks last year. And if someone mentions a 7 star hotel, we tend to think that it’s probably the best thing EVAH! Well, it is for around two days. After the novelty of the luxury wears off it becomes almost suffocating in ways I cannot accurately describe. The time I spent there made me appreciate a cozy bed and breakfast in ways I hadn’t thought about before.

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