Arab Sheikhs are known for their unpredictable spending habits. So it’s no surprise that a billionaire Arab Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan has paid 250,000 pounds ($377,490) to fly 30 members of the Household Cavalry on a specially adapted Boeing 747 jet to Abu Dhabi to perform for him. The Musical Ride will travel on business class flights and stay at one of the country’s top hotels, at the sheik’s expense.
At their destination, the horses will be put up in air-conditioned stables, with a team of staff to take care of them. “It looks like the horses are going to get better treatment than we will,” joked spokesman Captain Michael Fry. The British team, based at the Household Cavalry barracks in Hyde Park, performs at shows around the country, but they have never traveled outside of Europe before. DailyMail reports, “Sheik Mansoor, who is passionate about equestrianism and owns 52 racehorses as well as being an accomplished rider himself, was so taken by the Musical Ride that he offered to foot the entire bill for their stay.” By the way, Sheikh Mansoor is the richest man of United Arab Emirates at 555 billion pounds. Last year he splashed out 210 million pounds on Manchester City football club. The family’s wealth is derived from, no prizes for guessing, OIL.