Saturday, September 26, 2009

Arab rulers

"Bracknell Forest Borough Council has approved a scheme to build a 6ft 6in brick wall around the entire estate's perimeter. The wall will be more than four miles long and use enough bricks to build 150 five-bedroom houses. A local builder estimated it could cost up to £2million. The Grade II listed property was purchased for a record £19million in 1989 by the ruler of Abu Dhabi and is under-going major renovations. According to representatives of the Abu Dhabi royal family, which is headed by Sheik Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ascot Place will be brought back into active use as one of his private residences."