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10 December 2023

Abu Dhabi hotel tones down Xmas tree this year

Last year's lavish Christmas tree at Emirates Palace Hotel, Abu Dhabi.


An opulent Abu Dhabi hotel which went overboard with an $11 million Christmas tree last year is now opting for a more modest display.

The National newspaper reported on Monday that this year's tree at the Emirates Palace hotel is decorated with foil ornaments wrapped with cloth ribbons, and with custom-made balls designed to represent the country's former pearl trade.

The beachfront hotel was criticised for bad taste last year when it loaded a 43-foot (13-metre) Christmas tree with ornaments that included gold, diamonds and sapphires.

It later said it regretted "attempts to overload" the Christmas tree tradition.