Abu Dhabi Christmas tree is world’s most expensive

A hotel in Abu Dhabi has put on show a jewel-encrusted Christmas tree which it says is worth over $11m – the most expensive in the world

Items of jewellery studded with scores of precious stones are draped on the tree’s branches, along with more traditional baubles and lights to greet guests to the Emirates Palace Hotel.

While the tree alone is valued at $10,000, but the jewels and decorations add more than $11m to the value, according to the hotel’s general manager Hans Olbertz.

The bracelets, necklaces and watches which adorn the 13m tree contain 181 diamonds, pearls, emeralds, sapphires and other precious stones.

The hotel is set to ask the Guinness World Records to certify the tree as the world’s most expensive.

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