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
Swiss Belhotel to open 4 new hotels in the GCC
Abu Dhabi and Wizz Air announce establishment of new low cost airline
Emirates touches down in Mexico City
Latest Travel News
Abu Dhabi and Wizz Air announce establis...
Emirates touches down in Mexico City...
Air Arabia named as Middle East and Afr...
Featured Sights To See
What to do with Children in Tow

What to do with Children in Tow

Sanaa, Yemen

Sana'a is not really much of an amusement for children, unless your six year old has a hereditary interest in anthropology or history. Yemeni children have few activities besides running about in streets populated by men with daggers – not much of a concern for the mothers, as there are no kidnappers or pedophiles around. It is pretty common to see a swarm of kids rolling along a street or public ...

Sports Stadium

Sports Stadium

Tunis, Tunisia

An ideal location for practice and stretching out, the stadium is crowded during local matches and is also a site for concerts and other events. Location: La Marsa, Carthago ...

Stavropoleos Church

Stavropoleos Church

Bucharest, Romania

Despite the immense development plans taking place in the city, Stavropoleos Church has the same old and soft aura to its structure. Located in the old center, the church has a number of decorations and sculptures that are worth admiration and have been present for time immemorial.                     ...

Museu do Fado

Museu do Fado

Lisbon, Portugal

The music of fado is at the heart of Alfama’s history and this museum traces its history from the working class to its international exposure. There is even a re-created guitar workshop and you can  Tel: +218 823 470 Website: www.museudofado.egeac.pt Address: Largo do Chafariz de Dentro Opening Times: 10am-6pm Tue-Sun, closed 1st of January, 1st of May and December 25th. Admission Pr...