General Travel News

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
Warner Bros. World™ Abu Dhabi to open on 25th July 2018
Texas Roadhouse opens its first beachfront restaurant at La Mer, Dubai
First floating drive-through debuts in Dubai
Latest Travel News
Warner Bros. World™ Abu Dhabi to open on...
Emirates to launch a daily service to Ed...
Etihad Airways flies Boeing Dreamliner t...
Featured Sights To See
Central Library

Central Library

Isfahan, Iran

Address: opposite Hasht Behisht garden complex, Hasht Behisht Street. A fascinating piece of modernism fused with traditional color and construction, the very building of the Central Library is a refreshing break from all the typical Safavid style monuments around the city. Inaugurated in 2001, the Library contains semi-opaque, grilled lattice screens to visually divide the exterior and i...

The National Museum of Modern Art

The National Museum of Modern Art

Tokyo, Japan

This museum showcases Japanese art- both traditional and Western styles. Exhibits include paintings, sculptures and prints. All art pieces date back to the 1900s i.e. the Meiji period. Timings: Tues-Sun 10 A.M- 5 P.M Admission: Adults: Y420; Students: Y130; Children: Free   Address: 3 Kitanomaru Koen Park Tel: 03-3214-2561 ...

Wadi Adventure

Wadi Adventure

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Built in the foothills of Jebel Hafeet, the second tallest mountain in the UAE, is the Middle East’s first manmade white-water rafting, kayaking and surfing facility. The park has three world class kayaking channel networks, with a total length of 1,133m. It also has a surf pool capable of making 3.3 meter high waves every 90 seconds, a rope course, climbing wall and zip line, along with food a...

Museumsquartier

Museumsquartier

Vienna, Austria

60,000 m² large area, contains baroque buildings as well as samples of modern architecture. Houses installations from large art museums like the Leopold Museum and the MUMOK (Museum of Modern Art Ludwig Foundation Vienna). It also houses the Tanzquartier, a well-built centre for dance, the Architektur Zentrum Wien and other art-related attractions. ...