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The 11-million-dollar Christmas tree (brought to you by Muslims!)

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas… in the United Arab Emirates! Wow. Or… glory to Allah God in the highest!

According to the Yahoo news report…

Christmas came in extravagant fashion to the Muslim desert emirate of Abu Dhabi as a glitzy hotel unveiled a bejewelled Christmas tree valued at more than 11 million dollars on Wednesday.


It is the “most expensive Christmas tree ever,” with a “value of over 11 million dollars,” said Hans Olbertz, general manager of Emirates Palace hotel, at its inauguration.

Eleven million dollars? On a Christmas tree? Of course, it’s not a CHRISTmas tree. But it’s not a MOHAMMEDtree either. It’s a Christmas tree. Or perhaps it’s a christmas tree. But still… ELEVEN MILLION DOLLARS?!

I bet Dick Cheney is behind this somehow.

Asked if the tree might offend religious sensibilities in the United Arab Emirates, where the vast majority of the local population is Muslim, Olbertz said he did not think it would. “It’s a very liberal country,” he said.

I wonder what would happen if a hotel in Atlanta decided to put up decorations to celebrate Ramadan? My guess is that Fox News would declare them terrorists. Again… that’s just a guess.

Read the whole article here.

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Alex B

posted December 16, 2010 at 1:22 pm

When I first saw this I thought it might be in Joel Osteen’s house…

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Candace Carpenter

posted December 16, 2010 at 1:38 pm

Me 1st!!!
It’s a “faux” evergreen. If people announced their conversions at the Christmas Tree, I wonder how liberal people would be?
Although this is an example of excessive consumerism, at least it isn’t a “holiday” tree!

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ed cyzewski

posted December 16, 2010 at 1:55 pm

So you’ve really only proven that if Obama celebrates Christmas, he can still be a Muslim. 😉

I wonder if they have their own carols over there?

“On the first day of Christmas my imam gave to me…”

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posted December 16, 2010 at 9:46 pm

If you ever feel American consumerism is out of hand, you now need only look at Dubai to numb your conscience.

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    posted December 17, 2010 at 3:08 pm

    This one of the many moral failures of Islam. With all of poverty in the Islam world, and the wealthy Muslims spend it gold plated Christmas trees.
    Image if all of this oil money was used to improve life in the Muslim world thought better health care, infrastructure and education. The west did this (and created more secular societies)! So maybe the wealthy Muslim know what they’re doing. Nevermind.

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posted December 16, 2010 at 10:42 pm

The UAE is liberal….wow.

But you’re probably right about the whole Fox News thing.

And Dick Cheney.

It’s nice to see a Christmas tree, though. Especially those people traveling through there.

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posted December 18, 2010 at 4:15 am

It has nothing to do with Islam and its disgusting how some Muslims like this do waste money like this where there are people dying across the world. It has nothing to do with Islam whatsoever its a sickness called extravagance. In the UAE I am sure alot of muslims must be offended as there are certain emirates such as Sharjah and others who wouldn’t appreciate this. Also the whole christmas tree thing came from the Romans nothing even to do with Christianity. So its a total waste and disgusts me how some muslims waste so much money just to show off or please others- shows a real problem they have within themselves especially at a time where there are millions of people who are destitute. Shame on you. Not in the the name of islam thats for sure!

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