The Sun : Billionaire Dubai ruler Sheik Mohammed gets more than £300k in EU grants for the land he owns in the UK

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THE billionaire ruler of Dubai is receiving hundreds of thousands of pounds in EU grants for his UK land.

Sheik Mohammed al-Maktoum, one of the world's richest men, got over £316,000 last year for his horse-breeding operation in Newmarket.

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Sheik Mohammed al-Maktoum is thought to be receiving hundreds of thousands of pounds for his UK land[/caption]

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The sheikh's Newmarket horse-breeding and horse-racing operation received in excess of £316,000 in 2019[/caption]

And he got £80,000 in EU farming subsidies for land in Wester Ross in the Scottish Highlands.

Green MSP Andy Wightman, who has spent decades investigating land ownership, said: "Common Agricultural Policy payments should be for those who need them.

"There shouldn't be a blanket eligibility.

"I don't think Sheikh Mohammed and Smech need it and should be in receipt of public money."

Dr Calum Macleod, policy director of Community Land Scotland, the umbrella organisation for community buyouts, said: "It's crucial there is accountability and transparency around large-scale and concentrated private land ownership in Scotland.

 

"At the very least there needs to be a robust public-interest test for large-scale private estate purchases to ensure such land holdings actually deliver sustainable development benefits for the communities that live on them rather than being the luxury playthings of individuals."

The Queen, a friend of the sheikh, was urged to distance herself earlier this year when a judge ruled he had orchestrated a campaign of intimidation against his former wife and daughters.

In April it emerged the Sheikh had donated 60 tonnes of personal protective equipment to the NHS, after buying it from suppliers in China and having it flown to the UK.

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The billionaire owns the massive Inverinate estate in Wester Ross, Scotland[/caption]




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