Dynastic rule after dramatic transformation of Dubai has made its mark in the United Kingdom as the largest benefactor career. But is this a case of doping one of his stables cause untold damage to your name?
A couple of years before he succeeded his brother as ruler of Dubai in 2006, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum, never a man tormented by doubt, developed the idea of have some of its own written in the Persian Gulf sea poetry. The poetry is in the form of artificial islands built by thousands of migrant workers recruited to form the majority of the population of Dubai, and in which they devote to Premier League footballers and others, to buy real estate board Wed He figured written in Arabic in the concrete and sand lines are large enough to be read from space.
In developing this plan, imagine that most self-mythologisers world class could be happy with a single verse. It gives a measure of Sheikh Mohammed exaggerated sense of Xanadu, which decided a whole stanza. "Take the wisdom of the wise," the script is executed. "It takes a man of vision to write on water / Not everyone who rides a horse is a jockey / Great men rise to greater challenges. "
the end, although the property in the islands expected to be sold in advance, it was one of the few wild systems that have ever occurred at the end of the scandalous construction Dubai. Other projects have been ocean and desert defying - Frond Palm Resort peninsulas, El Mundo, a mini world of offshore islands - not to mention the Burj Khalifa, the tallest in the world, and miles and miles gravity fun condominiums, hotels and office buildings. At this time, the joke came just three words have been forced to work miracles overnight building a reality glass and steel, "said Sheikh Mohammed ..."
This development is only one aspect of the 63-year-old diminutive singular drive for world domination. At the same time, it has been mounted awesome power of the Gulf Maktoum line on the horizon, I was the obsession of an autocrat to hereditary principles to the extreme in the world of thoroughbred racing, which aims to determine the scoring on five continents. Every man needs a hobby. Sheikh Mohammed has involved the creation of a larger and more stable expensive fast horses in human history.
In his mind, the two aspects of the brand, the joint expression of their family wealth and power have become intertwined. In his vision, Dubai, a place that now has more opulent race track in the world, Meydan, built at a cost of 1.25 billion dollars in two years, it was sold as the final winners enclosure "of the newly globalized wealth.
Sooner or later, however, all dictators myths that meets a dose of reality. For Sheikh Mohammed, the first came to the post-bust credit crisis, Dubai, which saw the collapse of real estate prices, a large number of incomplete development of the ego and the humiliating necessity for a maximum of 20 billion rescue "My uncle Abu Dhabi" in 2010, the debt continues to return. At that time, an authorized biography of Sheikh was due, it was rumored that his refusal to approve an epilogue detailing the lessons of the crisis his emirate to say that the book never happened
And if the housing crisis marked the outer limits of civic ambition after the events of the last two weeks in the seat of his racing operation, Godolphin in Newmarket, was a turning point of his obsession privacy, another line in the sand.
The random testing of horses under the joint control of their head coach Mahmood al-Zarooni, who identified the widespread use of banned anabolic steroids, especially in the sample from the top rated filly in Europe two years, certify, was a personal humiliation for Sheikh Mohammed.