Seven star service at a million bucks per week

The countries of the United Arab Emirates area group of small, oil rich countries in the Middle East which like to outdo each other in the extravagance stakes.

Not so long ago Dubai was the crown jewel of the UAE, but its neighbour Abu Dhabi seems to have taken over the mantle for indulging in extreme excessiveness.

Abu Dhabi is home to the Emirates Palace Hotel, which has dubbed itself as the world’s first seven star hotel.

To quote from its website:

The Emirates Palace Hotel is an extraordinary place where you “venture through its magnificent gates. Fairytales come to life as your senses are treated to an extraordinary and unforgettable experience. Breathe the air of luxury that fills every corner of this serene paradise.

Feel the promise of a majestic experience fit for a king and deserving of an emperor. The Palace boasts 302 Grand rooms and 92 magnificent suites each combining the ultimate in luxury with state of the art technology.”

Yes, well, they do live up to their promise as they have just revealed their Christmas tree that is reputed to be worth USD11 million, thanks to the number of jewels and precious stones which adorn it.    

The 13-metre high (40 foot) tree is decorated with silver and gold bows, ball-shaped ornaments and small white lights, and holds a total of 181 diamonds, pearls, emeralds, sapphires and other precious stones.  The hotel even has a gold vending machine in its foyer – just in case you want to add an extra bauble to the tree.

The Emirates Palace Hotel is one kilometre in length and cost USD3 billion to build.  About 5kg of edible gold is consumed in its restaurants each year, and the hotel offers the world’s only million dollar package.

For seven days, package purchasers enjoy a private butler and a chauffeur-driven Maybach luxury car at their disposal during their stay, as well as a private jet available for trips to other countries in the region.

It all sounds quite nice, but they don’t mention whether or not breakfast is included in the deal.

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