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Dec 13, 2011 13:53
Category: Religious News

Emirates - Christmas tree

     ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - 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 Emirati capital's National newspaper reported 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 criticized for bad taste last year when
it loaded a 43-foot tree with ornaments that included gold,
diamonds and sapphires. It later said it regretted "attempts to
overload" the Christmas tree tradition.
     Although officially Muslim, the United Arab Emirates has a large
foreign population and features many Christmas displays.