Muscat – A tree at Al Falaj Hotel, an Aitken Spence Hotels of Sri Lanka, standing more than 60ft tall has been described as the tallest sustainable Christmas tree in Oman.
It is made with 2,603 cola and beverage cans, 36,750 used light bulbs and tubes, and discarded curtain and iron rods repurposed for the inner structure.
According to Praveen George, general manager of Al Falaj, hotel staff conceptualised the idea in August and started making it in September. “Making the tree took almost four months. In a reflection of the sustainable theme of Aitken Spence Hotels, the idea was conceived in an internal meeting. Almost all hotel staff contributed to the décor of the Christmas tree, which is mostly used cans and bottles, in their spare time.”
The tree has been set up by the swimming pool and outdoor dining area and is lit up with different colours and eight lighting modes. Led by engineer Noel Anthony, the tree’s lighting mechanism is synced to Christmas carols with the colour of lights changing to beats and songs.
“Celebrations are often callous, impacting the environment with reckless use of things which are harmful to our surroundings. We are celebrating Christmas in an eco-friendly way, attempting to safeguard our environment,” George said.