UAE hotel boasts ‘most expensive Christmas tree’

A glitzy hotel in Abu Dhabi has put on show a jewel-encrusted Christmas tree which it says is worth over $11m (£7m).

Items of jewellery studded with scores of precious stones are draped on the tree’s branches, along with more traditional baubles and lights.

While the tree alone is worth a mere $10,000, the jewellery adds more than $11m to the value, said the hotel’s general manager Hans Olbertz.

The Emirates Palace hotel would ask the Guinness World Records to certify the tree as the world’s most expensive, Mr Olbertz said. A jewel-encrusted Christmas tree in the Emirates Palace hotel in Abu Dhabi, the UAE Along with stars and lights, watches and bracelets adorn the tree

The bracelets, necklaces and watches which adorn the 13m (43-foot) tree contain 181 diamonds, pearls, emeralds, sapphires and other precious stones.

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I doubt you can get near it – “We have 24/7 security, four security guards closely monitoring the space plus security cameras.”

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