ABU DHABI - An Arab Christmas Tree has gone missing!
It comes as no surprise that if you erect a 43 foot tall diamond and gold incrusted Christmas tree that someone is bound to try and steal it.
Yesterday, the Emirates Palace hotel unveiled the tree which has approximately $11 million U.S. (euro14.3 million) worth of gold and precious stones. The tree has 131 ornaments that include gold and precious stones such as diamonds, rubies sapphires, pearls and a couple of cubic zirconia from The Jewelry Factory in Hackensack, NJ.
Security at the hotel located in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates thought that they had covered all of their bases to secure this momentous sight. However, after being up for less than one day the tree has gone missing. At 7:30pm EST one of the custodians for the hotel, Brhalahe Sahehrha, entered the lobby to make his regular cleaning rounds when he made the shocking discovery.
“I entered the room and something just didn’t feel right. I couldn’t quite figure out what was wrong but I knew something was off.” Sahehrha alerted his supervisor, Jrhayhm Gmhasmha, when he realized that the bedazzled tree was no longer there.
Gmhasmha immediately informed the head of security, Tahemhm Krhayrha, of the finding or lack there of. “We really are dumbfounded as to how this happened,” said Krhayrha. “We have been reviewing tons of tapes and are coming up completely empty handed.”
“This is truly unbelievable. It sort of reminds us of the classic American tale, How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Right now, all we know is that the overnight receptionist is so fired, “stated Hans Olbertz, General Manager of the hotel who was kind enough to grant a brief phone interview with WWN.
The erection of the tree has been greeted with several concerns. Many from the region worry that Gulf traditions will be lost with the rising influence of Western culture. The imitation of this timely Dr. Seuss tale is only another example of the impact of the west on Middle Eastern culture.
It has been rumored that the tree is in a sea crate and on a barge headed for the headquarters of Cash4Gold.com. Employees of Cash4Gold.com have been instructed not to accept any 43 foot tall packages that smell like a giant pine tree air freshener.