Items of jewellery studded with scores of precious stones are draped on the tree's branches, along with more traditional baubles and lights.
While the tree alone is worth a mere $10,000, the jewellery adds more than $11m to the value, said the hotel's general manager Hans Olbertz.
This is exactly the sort of thing that I think is extremely insensitive.
Not because it's a Christmas tree in a country of nearly 100% Muslims - that's just typical hypocrisy that is the hallmark and only stock-in-trade of the Gulf States - rather the ostentation and indulgence when many in the world are in really suffering and many in the Muslim world are living in poverty as a matter of course.
It is also - imho - antithetical to the spirit of Christmas and that's kind of the real point.
Furthermore, it is exactly the sort of thing that both causes and stirs up Islamist fervour. Such a thing is really un-Islamic in the extreme (not because of the Christian aspect - merely because of the ostentation which if forbidden) and is yet another reason why many Muslims oppose Saudi and these nearby states.