Want to be Maltese? It’ll cost just $865,000

Updated 29 January 2014

Want to be Maltese? It’ll cost just $865,000

VALLETTA, Malta: Malta, a European Union member, will be selling citizenship with practically no strings attached for 650,000 euros ($865,000).
The Maltese Parliament on Wednesday approved the amendment to the citizenship law. The revised law is expected to go into effect within a few weeks.
Opposition Nationalist Party lawmakers have vowed to repeal the law and revoke all citizenships granted under it if their party returns to power.
Prime Minister Joseph Muscat predicts that selling citizenship will bring 30 million euros into government coffers annually and help ease the country’s deficit.
Anyone 18 or older will be able to become a citizen of Malta, which has a population of 418,000. Neither investment on the island nor residency is required.
Purchasers are entitled to buy Maltese passports for immediate relatives for 25,000 euros.


Camel race and shows cap Europe’s first International Festival for Camels

Updated 17 September 2019

Camel race and shows cap Europe’s first International Festival for Camels

  • The activities ranged from a scientific forum to review the latest research on camels to an introduction to the culture of camels

JEDDAH: Sunday marked the end of Europe’s first International Festival for Camels, which was held over two days in Janvry, on the outskirts of Paris.

The festival was held under the patronage of the International Camel Organization, which is chaired by the president of the Camel Club, Fahad bin Falah bin Hethlen, in cooperation with the French government.

It kicked off last Saturday in the presence of Janvry’s mayor, a representative of the French Chamber of Commerce, the president of the French Federation of Camels, the secretary-general of the International Camel Organization Dr. Mubarak Al-Swilim, and the Camel Club’s CEO Khaled Abu Hmeid.

The activities ranged from a scientific forum to review the latest research on camels to an introduction to the culture of camels. 

The organization’s efforts would not have been successful without the support of King Salman and the guidance and support of the crown prince and the general supervisor of the Camel Club.

Fahad bin Falah bin Hethlen, president of the Camel Club

It included an exhibition of camel products, camel shows for the public and a European camel race.

Bin Hethlen said that the sponsorship and presence of the International Camel Organization in Europe’s first International Festival for Camels is part of the organization’s efforts to promote camel culture and activities in the world.

He added: “This is a continuation of what was done during the Central Asian Conference, which we organized last August in Kyrgyzstan. There are more international initiatives that will be announced soon.”

He ended by saying that the organization’s efforts would not have been successful without the support of King Salman and the guidance and support of the crown prince and the general supervisor of the Camel Club.

The organization is sponsored by Saudi Arabia, which is its headquarters.