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Tag: Saudi Arabia

April 5, 2017

Mugged by Mrs May

by Matthew Steeples

Updated: Theresa May forges a new career in post-Brexit Britain: Flogging tea towels and mugs   Theresa May, a woman who should be busy sorting out the mess that is her “red, white and blue Brexit”, is in Saudi Arabia insulting the locals and refusing to wear a headscarf. She’s also been meddling in the … Continue reading “Mugged by Mrs May”

January 10, 2017

Panic Over The Price

by Matthew Steeples

Vast New York triplex with three bullet-proof panic rooms at The Heritage at Trump Place reduced in price by 47%; Is the Trump connection a factor?   In 2012, a Saudi royal placed a fifth, sixth and seventh triplex he “rarely uses” on the market for £61.7 million ($75 million, €71 million or درهم275.5 million). … Continue reading “Panic Over The Price”

December 8, 2016

Free Raif Badawi

by Matthew Steeples

Saudi Arabia should free Raif Badawi; we urge readers to support a message calling for his release   With rights come responsibilities and with freedom of speech and freedom of expression comes a responsibility to avoid making hateful and false comments. The blogger Raif Badawi is a man who understood that but shockingly in Saudi … Continue reading “Free Raif Badawi”

September 18, 2016

Topping a sale

by Matthew Steeples

Highest penthouse in western hemisphere sells for £67.5 million   On Friday, the property news site 6sqft reported that a Saudi billionaire had just paid £67.5 million ($87.7 million or €78.6 million) for a New York penthouse at 432 Park Avenue that is currently the highest of any in the western hemisphere.   According to … Continue reading “Topping a sale”

October 31, 2015

A tawdry trio

by Matthew Steeples

As Amanda Clutterbuck and Ian Paton lose their attempt to reclaim £14 million worth of Kensington and Chelsea properties that they signed over to the ‘Vamp in the Veil’ Sara Al Amoudi, we suggest all three are nothing but tawdry

March 12, 2015

Mohammad Al-Sharif

by General

At the age of 22 in March 2015 this Saudi playboy and wannabe member of the Rich Kids of Instagram was convicted of driving whilst unfit through drugs and fined £400.

August 5, 2014

Trebling gold

by Matthew Steeples

Third gold wrapped vehicle spotted in Knightsbridge   The Ferrari wrapped in gold foil that bubbled up and peeled off was eclipsed in its ridiculousness last week by a gold and black Bugatti Veyron. Now, the collection has expanded with the arrival of a gold Range Rover.

December 12, 2013

A house that hasn’t sold in 14 years

by Matthew Steeples

‘Cotswold style’ mansion dramatically reduced in price after 14 years on the market   Americans love all things British and they especially love to replicate our architecture. In the Northern Californian town of Hillsborough, a fine example is a 35,000 square foot mansion named The Tobin Clark Estate.

August 8, 2013

Prince Fahad bin Faisal Al Saud

by Matthew Steeples

This grandson of the brother of the Saudi Arabian ruler was the Head of User Operations for Facebook Arab until August 2011 and once stated: “Facebook is the reason I’m not going for an MBA right now. Facebook was my MBA. Facebook was my PhD. [Working at Facebook] was the most educational opportunity I ever … Continue reading “Prince Fahad bin Faisal Al Saud”

July 19, 2013

Alleged makes allegation

by Matthew Steeples

Supposed ‘princess’ Sara[h] Al Amoudi claims that property investor Ian Paton is a ‘crack addict’ who had an ‘affair’ with her   We’ve reported on the case brought against alleged “princess” Sara[h] Al Amoudi before and received correspondence from all manners of connected parties. Now, though her true identity is still to be proven, she’s … Continue reading “Alleged makes allegation”

July 8, 2013

Propping up a ‘princess’?

by Matthew Steeples

Sara[h] Al Amoudi: a supposed ‘Saudi princess’ who has a history with the British court faces two property investors who claim she duped them into handing her £14 million worth of properties in Central London   We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: “Where there’s brass, there’s muck”.

May 25, 2013

The battle of the vanities

by Matthew Steeples

An Iraqi medical student and an aspiring actor from Abu Dhabi battle it out for the title “the most beautiful face ever”   Regular readers will recall our having added Omar Borkan Al Gala to our roll call some time ago. He was deported from Saudi Arabia as authorities there deemed him “too sexy” and … Continue reading “The battle of the vanities”

March 8, 2013

Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal

by Matthew Steeples

Ranked as “the most influential Arab in the world”, Al-Waleed has at various times held investments in News Corp, AOL, Apple Inc., Motorola, Fox News, Eastman Kodak, TWA, Twitter, The Savoy, the Four Seasons hotel chain and Euro Disney SCA. Not afraid to back his beliefs financially, the “Buffett of Arabia” gave £18.5 million to … Continue reading “Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal”

January 4, 2013

Knightsbridge’s playboy racers

by Matthew Steeples

A review of Channel 4’s Millionaire Playboy Races by Matthew Steeples   I watched last night’s Millionaire Playboy Racers expecting to find myself in agreement with Knightsbridge residents complaining about the noise generated by Arabs and their supercars. In many instances I would have previously agreed that they are bloody pests but surprisingly, by the … Continue reading “Knightsbridge’s playboy racers”

November 24, 2012

Jocelyn Wildenstein (née Périsset and also known as “Jocelynnys Dayannnys da Silva Bezerra”)

by Matthew Steeples

If one spent $2,000,000 on cosmetic surgery, one would expect to end up looking fantastic. It didn’t quite work out in the case of the billionairess “Bride of Wildenstein,” though, as instead she discovered the husband she thought she’d please in bed with a 19-year old Russian. Feline like in appearance, the purr of this … Continue reading “Jocelyn Wildenstein (née Périsset and also known as “Jocelynnys Dayannnys da Silva Bezerra”)”

October 24, 2012

Wafic Saïd

by Matthew Steeples

This billionaire was born in Damascus in 1939 and declares his loves to be music, architecture, art and horse racing. His home is the £50 million neo-Georgian mansion Tusmore Park near Bicester in Oxfordshire and he supposedly paid Robbie Williams in excess of a million to perform at his daughter’s May 2012 wedding to PR … Continue reading “Wafic Saïd”

May 21, 2012

Alexandra Naylor

by Matthew Steeples

Sociable and serious, Naylor is a hostess par excellence. She worked as an oil analyst for Sheikh Yamani at the Saudi Arabian Oil Ministry and is now involved in Latin American politics in the UK. She also does a little translating work and dabbles in property. Charm personified, Naylor is a lady who it is … Continue reading “Alexandra Naylor”

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