$11 Million Christmas Tree

They do things differently in Abu Dhabi. The Christmas tree gracing the atrium at the Emirates Palace Hotel is decked with real gold and precious gems.
The hotel's general manager, Hans Olbertz, was quoted in local newspapers Thursday as saying the 43-foot (13-meter) faux fir has 131 ornaments that include gold and precious stones such as diamonds and sapphires.

Olbertz told Dubai's Gulf News that he worked with one of the jewelers in the hotel to create a "unique tree and experience for our guests this year." The hotel may later contact Guinness World Records for a possible bid as the world's most expensive Christmas tree.

No, most people in Abu Dhabi do not celebrate Christmas, but why let that little detail get in the way of going for a Guinness record? http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=132108567 -via J-Walk Blog

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theres also the largest christmas tree in Dubai mall this year....... nothing agains christmas or Christianity but what most expensive tree and the largest tree in a muslim country is just wrong...
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I wonder how this fits in with Zakat, the 4th of the 5 pillars of Islamic faith?

"Zak?t or alms-giving is the practice of charitable giving by Muslims based on accumulated wealth, and is obligatory for all who are able to do so. It is considered to be a personal responsibility for Muslims to ease economic hardship for others and eliminate inequality."
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