The billionaire ruler of Dubai is hoping to expand his massive Scottish estate to accommodate his huge family – adding a nine-bedroom house and two lodges for his staff.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum has several wives and 23 children who are known to visit the estate in the summer.
In a statement for the Sheikh it was revealed that the family’s trips to Inverinate in Wester Ross had been ‘limited by lack of accommodation’.
Now the rich ruler, through his development company Smech Ltd, is seeking to build the extra accommodation at his Highland retreat to help house his huge family, servants and entourage.
It is the latest development on the sheikh’s estate, which already has a triple helipad and a 14-bedroom holiday home next door to a 16-bedroom luxury hunting lodge complete with a swimming pool and gym.
Sheikh Mohammed who submitted the plans to Highland Council earlier this month has a fortune worth more than £13.73 billion and brought the 63,000-acre estate around 20 years ago.
His family use the estate in summer to escape the 50C Dubai heat.
The proposed nine-bedroom lodge will be called Ptarmigan and the second, a 19-bedroom property is set to be called Benula, reports ArabianBusiness.
Another new house, set to be called Stag Burn House, would add a further nine bedrooms.
The sheikh is best known in Britain for being one of the top racehorse owners, is credited with turning Dubai into one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world.
He succeeded his brother in 2006 to become the ruler of Dubai and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates.
Maktoum’s greatest passion is horse-racing and he is the owner of the Godolphin stables, which has produced some of the leading thoroughbreds in the sport.
Some estimated the Sheikh to have a personal fortune of £15bn and in the last 15 years he has transformed Dubai into one of the most modern cities in the world.
Maktoum was behind the Palm Islands, the Burj Al-Arab hotel, the Burj Khalifa skyscraper that dominates the skyline of the city.
He also helped start Emirates airlines, sponsors of Arsenal and Paris St Germain football teams.
His first marriage was in 1979 and later wed the daughter of the King of Jordan.
The plans comes after one of his runway daughters, Latifa, sent out a distress message claiming men firing gunshots were outside her hideout.
In a statement, Colin Armstrong Architects, which is based in Inverness, said: ‘The owners of Inverinate Estate typically travel in large groups of immediate and extended family and friends.