In Abu Dhabi, Christmas comes decked with gold

A Christmas tree which has been decked out with dollars 11 million U.S. (14.3 million euro) worth of gold and precious stones, stands under the dome of the Emirates Palace hotel, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, on Thursday Dec. 16, 2010. 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 including diamonds and sapphires. The $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/Hussein Malla)

December 16, 2010 6:30:50 AM PST
When they deck the halls in opulent Abu Dhabi, it comes with gold ornaments and gem-studded bows on a towering Christmas tree.