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ABU DHABI: An upscale Abu Dhabi hotel has unveiled a jewel-studded 11 million dollar Christmas tree, according to local press reports today.
The Emirates Palace hotel said, “Putting the Christmas tree is not a novelty, rather it is a tradition meant to share in celebrating occasions guests hold while they are away from their home countries and families,” the Gulf News daily quoted a hotel statement as saying.
This tradition “is within the framework of the UAE’s policy which is based on the values of openness and tolerance,” the hotel added.
The tree, inaugurated on Wednesday, holds a total of 181 diamonds, pearls, emeralds, sapphires and other precious stones, said Khalifa Khouri, owner of Style Gallery, which provided the jewellery. The jewels, worth more than 11 million dollars, “will be recovered by their owner at the end of celebrations.”
The 13-metre faux evergreen is located in the gold leaf-bedecked rotunda of the hotel.