Sheikh of Qatar looking to buy Greek Island Skorpios
Financially troubled Greece has put a ton of state assets up for sale, including some of its famous islands.
One interested buyer is Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, the ruling Emir of Qatar, who wants to acquire two islands in the Ionian Sea, including Skorpios Island.
The private island formerly belonged to famed Greek shipping billionaire Aristotle Onassis and was the site of his wedding to Jackie Kennedy in 1968.
It’s being sold by his granddaughter and heiress, Athina Onassis Roussel, though certain Greek authorities oppose it.
There is a lavish villa on the island known as the Pink House which Onassis built for Jackie, along with tennis courts and plush gardens, though most of the island remains undeveloped and pristinely beautiful.
The 80-hectares island is estimated to be worth $200 million, according to British news reports.
The Qatari royal however may have another contender vying to buy it: Bill Gates. He visited the island in July 2009 reportedly with the intention of buying it.
Then, Greek authorities were not willing to sell it as they viewed Onassis’ island as national heritage.
Theodoros Varikos, the mayor of the region, said “Athena cannot sell the island because Onassis has specified in his will that it cannot be sold.”
More General Travel News
French halal gastronomy to tempt diners at Geneva’s Michelin-star restaurant, Le Chat-Botté
Monday, 27 March 2017
Le Chat-Botté’s recent relaunch in Hotel Beau-Rivage promises to offer a unique and memorable ...
Emirates SkyCargo flying in racehorses for Dubai World Cup
Wednesday, 22 March 2017
Emirates SkyCargo, the freight division of Emirates airline, has been transporting some of the ...
Muslim Ban 3.0: restrictions on cabin luggage to the United States
Tuesday, 21 March 2017
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) of the United States has issued directives on ...
Sharjah Museums Opens Photographic Exhibition of Muslim Communities in China
Thursday, 16 March 2017
Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization today opened an exhibition giving a rare glimpse into the ...
Five hidden gems of Sharjah
Tuesday, 01 November 2016
The UAE is made up of seven emirates; each with its own personality and charm. One such example ...
The Skellig Ring in Ireland is one of the top regions in the world for 2017
Tuesday, 25 October 2016
The Skellig Ring drive, on the southwestern tip of Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way, has been named ...
Start your Adventure
North & South America