🐦 The Emirates bought real estate in McLean.

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THE BIG IDEA

United Arab Emirates buys $55 million plot on McLean Gold Coast.

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The United Arab Emirates has paid $55 million dollars to buy 18 acres of land right alongside the Potomac River. The land they bought has three empty lots on Crest Lane in McLean, all right next to each other.

The UAE has some big plans for this sizable plot collection. They want to build a diplomatic compound there. This will includes three houses (for diplomats to stay in), meaning one on each plot.

Here are the reports on what the plans for the compound include:

  • 24,000 square footage for one of the houses

  • Each house will be connected to each other via a golf cart path

  • The compound will include a 2,000 square-foot paddle-tennis court. PLUS:

  • An 11,500 square foot fitness center with a cryogenic chamber, yoga studio, juice bar, massage room, and more.

  • One of the residences will also have up to 17 bedrooms.

So TLDR:

The UAE spent a ton of money to buy a bunch prime McLean real estate to build a nice diplomatic compound with luxury amenities.

It shows they definitely want to have a major presence in that area. In fact… back in 2006, they bought a different property on Crest Lane, for $11 million dollars, just north of the three new ones.

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