Emirates Palace issues apology after unveiling $11m tree

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Just days after unveiling what is likely to be the world’s most expensive jewel-studded Christmas tree, worth US$11 million, the Emirates Palace hotel, issued an apology and said it regretted the move.

The hotel said that they made 13-meter tall bejeweled Christmas tree in an attempt to overload the tradition, which was also followed by most hotels in the country.

"Putting [up] the Christmas tree... is a tradition meant to share in celebrating occasions guests hold while they are away from their home countries and families," said the hotel.

The hotel, however, claimed that they had not violated the UAE's policy framework, which is based on the values of openness and tolerance.

Emirates Palace insisted that it had cost them nothing in creating the tree as Abu Dhabi Style gallery created and decorated the tree for them at no cost.

They had also granted them jewels on loan and the precious stones would go back to the owner at the end of Christmas season.

"The hotel is just a venue for exhibiting the tree," it said.

Style Gallery’s owner Khalifa Khouri said that the Xmas tree, which was unveiled last Wednesday, has 181 precious diamonds, pearls, emeralds and sapphires on it.

Hotel's General Manager, Hans Olbertz, is reportedly persuading Guinness World Records officials to declare the tree as the most expensive one in the world.

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