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Qatari Sheikh wins Falcon centre approval

February 5 2013

Qatari Sheikh wins Falcon centre approval
Sheikh Ali Bin Abdullah Al Thanie has won planning permission to erect a Falcon breeding and training centre at Weensmuir Farm in the Borders.

It means work to realise plans drafted by James Murdie Design can now be implemented at the remote site, including an extension to the existing farmhouse, the remodelling of various outbuildings and creation of bird pens and a pond..

The Sheikh intends to breed and train up to 40 falcons at a time on the estate which will tap into local expertise in the sport and play host to various dignitaries and members of the Qatari royal family.

Commenting on the plans Murdie said: "The Sheikh is friendly with someone who does a bit of breeding on a supporting farm so he has decided to breed falcons which will supply dignitaries in the Middle East.

"He anticipates a lot of people coming from the Middle East to look at the falcons in training so he needs to provide the accommodation for some very wealthy businessmen."

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