Member of the Saudi Royal family, who is also the world’s first Arab astronaut is locked in a $5 million legal battle over the gorgeous ‘James Bond Island’ in the Bahamas

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Prince Salman Bin Sultan Bin Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud belongs to the Saudi royal family boasting a combined net worth of at least $105 billion. This Saudi prince made his mark in 1985 as the first Muslim astronaut ever to visit space. Part of the crew of the US Space Shuttle Discovery, he delivered a satellite to earth’s orbit. The first Arab in space was back in the news recently owing to his stake in a lush Bahamian island, aka The James Bond Island. The pristine James Bond Island was worth $90 million in 2015. The prince sued a business partnership for over $5 million.

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The partner Cave Cay LP, controlled by investment fund Yntegra Group, per their agreement, was to pay $5 million to the partnership. What irked the prince is that, allegedly, the partnership is demanding his sum but not of Yntegra. With this lawsuit, the grandson of Saudi Arabia’s King Salman Bin Abdulaziz urged the court to make Cave Cay honor the pact.

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The $90 million James Bond Island is a divine vacation spot waiting to happen-
Cave Cay sits as one of the most striking parts of the 365 islands in the Exuma Cays district of the Bahamas. The 222-acre property listed for a whopping $90 million included spotless beached, vegetation, and the space to accommodate no less than 38 buildings.

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The main house featured a protected, deep-water harbor and a marina with a floating cement dock system. The island that flaunted an airstrip also had a clubhouse and restaurant, and three guesthouses with hotel rooms are still under construction.

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The spot is advertised by agents Vladi Private Islands, who dub the James Bond island perfect for development as an eco-resort, boutique hotel, or private estate.


Meet the first Arab to set foot in space-
Prince Salman Bin Sultan Bin Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud represented the Arab Satellite Communications Organization (ARABSAT) in deploying their satellite, ARABSAT-1B. This 67-year-old Riyadh-born royal studied communications and aviation at Syracuse University in the United States. In 1985, he flew as a Payload Specialist on Discovery with six other crew members comprising American and French astronauts. He also served as a pilot for the Royal Saudi air force between 1985 and 1996. Recreationally the royal indulged in thrilling outdoor sports like skiing, scuba diving, horseback riding, jogging, racquetball, and swimming.

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