By the numbers

The $11 million Arab Christmas tree: By the numbers

The world's most expensive Christmas tree is up... in the United Arab Emirates. And there are (at least) 181 reasons why it cost so much

The Emirates Palace hotel in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, is already known for its over-the-top luxury: Its lobby is decorated in gold leaf, it has a vending machine for gold bullion, and it offers one seven-day package for $1 million. And now, even though it is in a majority-Muslim country, the hotel is going for a Guinness record for Christian-themed glitz by adorning its lobby with what general manager Hans Olbertz says is the "most expensive Christmas tree ever." What exactly does $11 million get you in the Christmas tree market? (Watch a discussion about the tree)

43
Height of the artificial evergreen tree, in feet

$10,000
Cost of the tree alone

181
Number of diamonds, pearls, emeralds, sapphires, and other precious stones used to decorate the tree

$11.5 million
Estimated cost of the jewels

$1 million (3.5 million dirhams)
Value of the tree's most expensive ornament, a diamond set

4
Number of security guards monitoring the tree

$10.8 million
Value of rival most-expensive Christmas tree contender, in Japan

394
Rooms and suites in the seven-star Emirates Palace

$3 billion
Cost of building the hotel

$2,000
Price of a glass of Hardy Perfection cognac at the hotel, a Guinness record

11 lbs.
Amount of edible pure gold the hotel uses each year for desserts and decor

8 percent
Abu Dhabi's share of the world's crude oil supply

Sources: AFP/Yahoo News, Bloomberg, Wall St. Journal, LearnVest, Emirates Palace

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