Dubai’s ruler Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid al-Maktoum is seeking to build a 16-bedroom mansion in the Highlands of Scotland, local media has reported.
Sheikh Mohammed, also vice-president and prime minister of the UAE, has asked planners for permission to build a lodge-style home on his 63,000-acre Inverinate Estate in Wester Ross, near the Kyle of Lochalsh.
The Scotsman newspaper said previous plans for a 14-bedroom home were approved by the local authority’s planning committee in 2009 but Sheikh Mohammed later decided the home was too small.
Now he has embarked on a new project which includes a swimming pool and gym, with Highland officers expected to decide on the application in the coming weeks, the paper added.
In a letter to planners, KJ Architects said: “Planning permission for the new lodge at Inverinate is for a modern, contemporary interpretation of a hunting lodge which was designed to contrast and supplement the existing lodge without resorting to mimicry.
“Whilst contemporary in approach, the use of locally sourced materials creates a building rooted in the local vernacular and acknowledges the relationship with the adjacent, existing lodge and rural setting.”
The Maktoum family has in the past made contributions to the local community, including building the Inverinate and Loch Duich Community Centre and donating funds towards its running costs, the paper reported.
Sheikh Mohammed bought the estate in Scotland about 30 years ago and his family visits for a few weeks every year in the summer.