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UAE Unveils Pricey Christmas Tree

Jewellery decorates an 11-million-dollar Christmas tree at the Emirates Palace hotel in the Emirati capital Abu Dhabi, UAE, 15 Dec 2010

A hotel in the United Arab Emirates has unveiled what it says is the world's most expensive Christmas tree.

VOA's Cecily Hilleary's interview with Hazem Harfoush, the Emirates Palace Hotel's Assistant Director of Marketing:

The 13-meter artificial tree at Abu Dhabi's Emirates Palace hotel includes diamonds, pearls and sapphires -- 181 precious stones in all. Most of the stones are in necklaces and earrings provided by a local jeweler.

Hotel managers unveiled the pricey tree this week, saying they hope to get it recognized in the Guinness Book of World Records.

The large tree in the hotel's lobby also includes bows, ball-shaped ornaments, lights and other traditional Christmas tree decorations.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP.

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