The Junta de Andalucía has cancelled the contract to run the La Bajadilla marina in Marbella that it awarded in 2011 to NAS Marbella, a company headed by Sheikh Abdullah Al-Thani, who also owns Málaga CF.
According to the Junta statement, the company hasn’t met its contractual conditions, in particular the promise to expand the port to boost tourism and the payment of the annual fee for its operating licence.
It is now more than four year since NAS Marbella committed in a blaze of publicity to grow the marina, which local councillors and business leaders had hoped would bring a significant boost to the area.
The Junta’s move had been widely expected and brings to an end a process started last August to end the agreement and allow a new licensee to be found to undertake the improvements. Despite last-minute attempts to get the shiekh to present his plans, nothing materialised. His company has the right to appeal.