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Dec 20 2010

Abu Dhabi Demonstrates the Meaning of Christmas with $11M Tree

Published by at 1:00 pm under Oddly Enough

You wouldn’t think Arabs would go all out for Christmas, but if it’s a chance to show much rich their country is? Why the hell not! What you see above is clearly what Christmas is all about, glorious excessive spending. But you’ll never believe how much it all costs, and what adorns it. It’s $11M worth of jewelry, but don’t worry, no one will steal any of it.

The vast majority of the population of the oil-rich UAE are Muslim.

But Mr Olbertz said he did not think the tree would offend local sensibilities.

“It’s a very liberal country,” he said, according to AFP.

Asked what security measures were in place to prevent theft of jewellery from the tree, assistant director of marketing Hazem Harfoush said the tree was “good proof that Abu Dhabi is a safe destination”.

And the hotel was even safer, Mr Harfoush told the BBC.

“We have 24/7 security, four security guards closely monitoring the space plus security cameras.”

Come on Dubai, this is a challenge if I’ve ever seen one. Are you going to let Abu Dhabi out-spend you for a superfluous show of wealth? Get your game face on and let’s see a set of solid gold reindeer.

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