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Abu Dhabi hotel displays $11M Christmas tree

December 17, 2010 12:17:58 AM PST
The Emirates Palace Hotel in Abu Dhabi holds what could be the world's most expensive Christmas tree on display in its lobby.The tree is covered in 131 jewels, from diamond necklaces to pearls and emerald bracelets, costing about $11 million.

The hotel's general manager, Hans Olbertz, told Dubai's Gulf News that he worked with one of the jewelers in the hotel to create a "unique tree and experience" for guests this year.

The hotel may later contact Guinness World Records for a possible bid as the world's most expensive Christmas tree. The Guinness web site listed a $10.8 million tree put in 2002 in Toyko with 83 pieces of jewelry from Piaget Japan.

Christmas spirit is not rare in the United Arab Emirates, which is officially Muslim, but hosts a huge foreign population.

The Associated Press Contributed to this report.