Friday, December 17, 2010

Emirates Palace sets world record

United Arab Emirates--The Emirates Palace hotel–already the home of the world's first gold ATM–has decked out a 43-foot-high Christmas tree with about $11-million worth of precious jewelry from a local jeweler - setting the world record for the Most expensively dressed Christmas tree.

Photo: The 13-metre Christmas tree at the Emirates Palace Hotel in Abu Dhabi is decorated with ornaments worth Dh40 million

Diamond necklace-and-earring sets, strings of pearls, and emerald and ruby bracelets–181 pieces in total–are strewn between the more mundane gold and silver balls and bows.

The priciest piece is a diamond set costing 3.5 million dirhams, or just short of $1 million.

"It's an artificial tree, but the jewelry—that's not artificial," the hotel's general manager, Hans Olbertz, said at an opening event.

'The tree itself is about US$10,000,' Mr Olbertz said. 'The jewellery has a value of over US$11 million - I think US$11.4, US$11.5.'


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