On Second Thought, An $11 Million Christmas Tree Might Be Going Overboard
We think the Emirates Palace has gotten the message. Rather than strive to top last year's $11 million Christmas tree monstrosity, the hotel has graciously toned things down for the time being.
This month, guests at the gold-loving hotel won't be blindsided by a tree that's wearing more expensive jewelry than they are. Adorning the tree instead are custom-made Christmas balls from the Netherlands, and gold and silver foil ribbons. For good measure, the hotel also threw in some Christmas carolers. Who sang from gold-plated manuscripts atop gold podiums with gold plates on their teeth. A modest affair, really.
One Tunisian visitor at the hotel remarked to The National about last year's spectacle:
"Having such a fancy display might make those who are not as privileged feel left out"
We'd agree. At the same time, that kind of empathy is hard to muster for anyone who's chosen to vacation in one of the world's most expensive cities. What else did they expect, some tinsel and a miniature plastic wreath?
[Photo: AP / Gadling]