|Man in a Desert||
UPDATE: The hotel has now backtracked. Unfortunately it seems that the blame for this expensive exercise in bad taste is being placed on the jeweler's shoulders.
The Emirates Palace Hotel in Abu Dhabi, UAE, has put up an $11.5 million Christmas tree. Well the tree cost around $10,000 but the various decorations and ornaments cost over $11 million. So if you're thinking that a Rolex under your tree is expensive consider that the Emirates Palace's tree has millions and millions of dollars worth of jewelry on it, including a $1 million necklace. [Source: The National]
Meanwhile, the online Arabic daily Elaph ran an interesting story about the Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery in Gaza. I didn't know that there was a Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery in Gaza, which goes to show how much I know.
Apparently it has become a favorite leisure and study location for Gazans looking for peace and quiet.
Elaph's report speaks of "delightful scenery" which probably goes to explain why Gazans have chosen it as a favorite park of sorts.
The cemetery occupies 40,000 sq. meters and contains the graves of 3691 Commonwealth soldiers who were killed in World War I. The cemetery is maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. [Source: Elaph]
A man on a long journey through a perpetual desert.
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