Surrounded by examples of decadent wealth, Abu Dhabi is probably the only place where an $11m Christmas tree might not seem a little over the top.
Dubbed one of the ‘most expensive Christmas trees ever’, the glitzy Emirates Palace hotel has unveiled the 40ft evergreen in its gold-leaf bedecked atrium.
Decorated with traditional silver and gold bows, baubles and white lights, the tree is also decked out in necklaces, earrings and other jewellery giving it its record value.
It holds a total of 181 diamonds, pearls, emeralds, sapphires and other precious stones according to Khalifa Khouri, owner of Style Gallery which provided the jewellery.
Hans Olbertz, general manager of the hotel, said: ‘The tree itself is about $10,000. The jewellery has a value of over $11million – I think 11.4m, 11.5m.’
He added that the hotel would apply to the Guinness Book of World Records to find out if its tree is the most expensive ever.
Asked if the tree might offend religious sensibilities in the United Arab Emirates, where the vast majority of the population is Muslim, Mr Olbertz said: ‘It’s a very liberal country.’
The above is dedicated to all the ‘Muslim Haters’ out there. Although I would rather see the money spent on worth while causes. They could at least start by paying their unseen, unheard, modren day slaves that are building their new vision of the UAE.
Charity starts at home first.
A British couple were ordered to serve a month long sentence for kissing in public and pay a fine of £200 for drinking alcohol in public. Mr Ayman Najafi, 24 has been working in Dubai for over 14 months and Ms Charlotte Adams, 26 was on holiday when the incident occurred.
The incident was reportedly highlighted to the police by a 38 year old Emirati woman, who felt that the British couple were behaving indecently in public.
Now here is my problem with this:
1: Dubai (UAE) has placed itself as the hottest tourist destination in the Middle East, inviting and attracting people from all over the world. What do you think would happen when you’re marketing your country as a free for all and a haven for sun worshippers?
2: Alcohol is widely available in the UAE and is even consumed by its own citizens. UAE even has its own brewery in Ajman.
3: Lets’ face it if an Emirati has accused a non-Emirati, there is very little chance of a fair trial.
I am sorry If i sound a little annoyed but I cannot stand double standards. All of the above 3 points reap of hypocrisy. If you want to be Islamic, then why pick and choose the commands of Allah? Why sell your country for a few dollars? Why discriminate against the people that built and are building your empire?