Traffic worries when sheikh brings clan to the Highlands
HE has several wives, 23 children, numerous relatives and a large entourage of bodyguards and servants.
And since they accompany him on his regular trips to the Highlands, it’s perhaps no wonder officials are worried the Crown Prince of Dubai is having an impact on traffic.
The billionaire has applied to extend his already massive home in Ross-shire – by adding a further 37 bedrooms.
As part of the planning process, staff from Transport Scotland have asked Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid al-Maktoum, 69, to say how often he plans to visit, how long he plans to stay – and how much traffic his arrival is likely to generate.
Transport Scotland’s Ken Aitken wrote that an indication of the ‘frequency and length of visits should be submitted along with an indication of the cumulative traffic impact’. The sheikh’s architects say family trips to Inverinate have
‘Limited by lack of accommodation’
been ‘limited by lack of accommodation’ – despite already having 30 bedrooms.
The sheikh, below, has made the application to Highland Council through his company Smech Properties Ltd.
It is the latest development on the sheikh’s estate, which has a triple helipad site and a 14 bedroom holiday home, next door to a 16-bedroom hunting lodge, with pool and gym.
The sheikh, who has an estimated £14billion fortune and founded the Godolphin racing stable, bought the 63,000-acre estate more than 20 years ago for a reported £2 million.