Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Things That Make You Go Hmmm.............

AFP – An Emirati man walks past an 11-million-dollar Christmas
tree at the Emirates Palace hotel.

ABU DHABI (AFP) – UAE - (United Arab Emirates) Hotel erects 11-million-dollar Christmas tree. Christmas came in extravagant fashion to the Muslim desert emirate of Abu Dhabi as a glitzy hotel unveiled a bejeweled Christmas tree valued at more than 11 million dollars .

Called the most expensive Christmas tree ever, with a value of over 11 million dollars. The 13-metre (40-foot) faux evergreen, located in the gold leaf-bedecked rotunda of the hotel, is decorated with silver and gold bows, ball-shaped ornaments and small white lights.

But the necklaces, earrings and other jewelry draped around the tree's branches are what give it a record value.

It holds a total of 181 diamonds, pearls, emeralds, sapphires and other precious stones.

The tree itself is about 10,000 dollars. The jewelry has a value of over 11 million dollars.

This will probably be an entry into the Guinness book of world records. The Emirates Palace Hotel plans to contact the organization about the tree which is to stay until the end of the year.

The Emirates Palace Hotel is a massive, dome-topped hotel sitting amid fountains and carefully manicured lawns. The hotel, which bills itself as seven-star recently introduced a package for a seven-day stay priced at one million dollars.


When I read this article in the news this week I found myself experiencing several emotions. Such opulence during times when so many people around the world are suffering from a lack of basic needs such as housing, water and food, is hard to think about.

I could only think of a statement that Arsenio Hall made famous:

"Things that make you go Hmmmm."


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