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Seven-Star Abu Dhabi hotel regrets $11 million christmas tree

A luxury hotel in Abu Dhabi has announced that it regrets overloading the tradition of Christmas for guests enjoying Abu Dhabi holidays by unveiling a jewel-studded 11 million dollar Christmas tree on Wednesday 22nd December 2010.

Seven-Star Abu Dhabi hotel regrets $11 million christmas tree

The Emirates Palace Hotel in Abu Dhabi has old local press that it regrets overloading Christmas traditions on to travellers taking Abu Dhabi holidays at the property with the unveiling of an $11 million jewel-studded Christmas tree.

The luxury property said it regretted "attempts to overload the tradition followed by most hotels in the country with meanings and connotations that do not fall in line with the professional standards" of the hotel.

In a statement the hotel said: "Putting the Christmas tree is not a novelty, rather it is a tradition meant to share in celebrating occasions guests hold while they are away from their home countries and families."

The statement concluded that the tradition "is within the framework of the UAE's policy which is based on the values of openness and tolerance."

The lavish 13-metre high faux evergreen tree was unveiled on Wednesday 22nd December 2010 and is made up of 181 diamonds, pearls, emeralds, sapphires and numerous other precious stones which were lent out by Khalifa Khouri, the owner of Style Gallery, until the end of the festive celebrations.

The Emirates Palace Hotel is one of the most luxurious of Abu Dhabi hotels with a seven-star rating; dome topped roof; and a stunning beachfront location surrounded by 85 hectares of lush landscaped gardens.

Guests will receive dedicated service and high end luxurious accommodation and facilities during their Abu Dhabi holidays including 14 exquisite restaurants and bars, the elegant Palace Lounge, two swimming pools, five flood-lit tennis courts, two fully-equipped fitness suites, high end shopping boutiques, a 1.3km private beach with access to water sports, and the Moroccan-Thai inspired Anantara Spa.

In February this year, the hotel launched a new package for guests on holidays in Abu Dhabi with a one-week stay priced at one million dollars. Guests will receive a private butler, chauffeur-driven Maybach luxury car, and a private jet which is available for trips to neighbouring countries in the United Arab Emirates.

In May this year a gold dispenser was installed into the hotel making it the first country aside from Germany to install the "gold to go", world's first gold vending machine.

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