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The World's Most Expensive Xmas Tree

By Daily Graphic
The 13-metre high, diamond-decorated tree has 131 different jewellery pieces, including gold and precious stones.The 13-metre high, diamond-decorated tree has 131 different jewellery pieces, including gold and precious stones.
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A Christmas tree decorated with over $11 million dollars' worth of jewellery has gone on display at the luxury Emirates Palace hotel in the United Arab Emirates capital, Abu Dhabi.

'This year, we partnered with Mr Khalifa Khoury, who is the chairman of Star Gallery and he has provided us with $11 million worth of precious stones and jewellery and that enables us to go for the Guinness world record for the most expensive Christmas tree,' said Janet Abrahams, Executive Director for Sales and Marketing at the Emirates Palace hotel.

The 13-metre high, diamond-decorated tree was placed under the main gold-covered dome of the hotel that hosts the world's first ATM gold machine that was introduced in the hotel earlier this year.

The hotel is trying to gain a listing in the Guinness World Records for having the most expensive Christmas tree in the world.

One hundred and thirty-one different jewellery pieces, including gold and precious stones, were provided by a local jeweller.

Tourists and visitors stopped for their picture to be taken near the unique tree or just to gaze at it in awe.

'What we are trying to do is to give everybody who visits and everybody who is staying here the chance to be part of something really special and unique,' Janet Abrahams said.

For Abu Dhabi's Emirates Palace hotel, where royalty and billionaires come for cappuccinos topped with gold flakes, the tree almost seems part of the furniture. — Telegraph

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