Our family's observations on life in the Middle East. We're reporting it as we see it, experience it, feel it.
Thursday, December 23, 2010
The $11,000,000 Tree
Remy and Pauli in front of ze tree
a special ornament
one stop shopping
Well, actually the tree isn't worth that...it's the ornaments (the tree in fact is a fake...quelle horreur). If you're looking for the tree, it's not hard to find. It's just south of the 'Gold to Go' machine in the lobby of the Emirates Palace. Our own tree is practically worth its weight in gold. It's not easy to get a fresh tree here--they fly them in from Holland (luckily, before Europe was stymied by a snow storm), but they arrive with snow and ice still clinging to them. Pretty amazing. And it's helping us to feel the Christmas spirit. We've got the carols playing, we've visited ski dubai, and the decorations from National Day are still up (many of them red and green) so if you squint--it looks like, maybe, Miami or Phoenix. Last year they took them down just before Christmas, but this year I'm hopeful. It's the 24th and it's Friday (the holy day when almost no one works). I don't think they'll take them down tomorrow....but we'll see!