Abu Dhabi Luxury Hotel Regrets Christmas 'Overload'

The Emirates Palace hotel put up a giant Christmas tree adorned with $11 million worth of gold, diamonds and rubies. A statement from the hotel said it regretted "attempts to overload" the tree.

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Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep.

A hotel in a glittering city of the Persian Gulf now regrets its Christmas tree. Abu Dhabi is officially Muslim, but welcomes people of all faiths. And the Emirates Palace Hotel put up a giant Christmas tree adorned with $11 million worth of gold, diamonds and rubies. That's in keeping with the spirit of excess in a hotel that has a gold bar vending machine. But even the hotel admits the tree overloads the Christmas tree tradition.


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