SIGH... I gave an update about this weeks ago, guys. Here's the text...
The 747SP wich has been at (and in and out of) KCLE since June, 2000, is owned by The President of The United Arab Emirates and Sheik of Abu Dhabi (one person).
Sheik Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan came here in June for kidney dialysis and treatment so that he would be strong enough for a kidney transplant. The transplant (which did not use a U.S. donor) was completed in early September. Unfortunately, the eighty-some year old Sheik fell and broke his hip about two weeks ago and is now going to be in Cleveland for a lot longer.
The Sheik has purchased a $2.5 million home in Hunting Valley, an outer-ring suburb east of Cleveland. His contingent of about 500 family members, servants and other attendants had been living in a rented mansion in Bratenahl, a small village surrounded by Cleveland on the east side. Now they will move out to Hunting Valley.
In addition to the 747SP, the Sheik also has had a 757, a Gulfstream jet, an Ilyushin-76 cargo hauler, and an A300 cargo hauler out here. On the weekends the 747SP and 757 are often used by his family and staff to go on shopping and pleasure trips -- to the Mall of America, etc.
That's the scoop as I know it so far.
Guys, please search the bulletin board topics before you post on old news!
Oh, and cle_tim, I'm sorry to burst your bubble, but the Sheik did not shut down any stores; and he purchased the furniture at Beachwood Place.
Up, up and away!