Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi is attempting a Guinness World Record for “the world’s most expensively decorated tree.”

I’m not sure how to interpret this in light of the UAE’s overwhelmingly Muslim population.  It could be a remarkably progressive attempt to reach out to a minority population, or it could be revoltingly hypocritical.  What’s certain, though, is that this is a nauseatingly narcissistic and trivial use of $11 million in a region of intense poverty and virtual enslavement of immigrant workers.  What a perversion of the season of giving.

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