$11 million Christmas Tree

<div class="meta image-caption"><div class="origin-logo origin-image "><span></span></div><span class="caption-text">Tourists pose to have their photos taken in front of a Christmas tree which has been decked out with dollars 11 million U.S. &#40;14.3 million euro&#41; worth of gold, at the Emirates Palace hotel, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, on Thursday Dec. 16, 2010. The hotel&#39;s general manager, Hans Olbertz, was quoted in local newspapers Thursday as saying the 43-foot &#40;13-meter&#41; faux fir has 131 ornaments that include gold and precious stones including diamonds and sapphires. The &#36;11 million symbol of the season has become the latest extravagance at the Emirates Palace hotel, which boasts its own marina, heliport and a vending machine that pops out small gold bars. (AP Photo)</span></div>
December 16, 2010 6:56:47 AM PST