Traf­fic wor­ries when sheikh brings clan to the High­lands

The Scottish Mail on Sunday - - News - By Mike Mer­ritt

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.

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