Ever since the late King Fahd decided to build a complex of five palaces and a number of mansions on the exclusive Golden Mile during the 1980s, Marbella’s image has been associated with the excesses of the Saudis.
Fahd’s building spree followed a successful visit to the ritzy Incosol Hotel In 1979 when he was still Crown Prince, prompting him to choose this corner of Andalusia over the South of France for his summer residence.
But while his presence and that of his extraordinarily extravagant entourage might have made the biggest splash, his Kuwaiti neighbors had already blazed the trail, investing their petrodollars in property and starting a love affair with Marbella that has lasted 40 years.
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The ultimate expression of luxury in Malaga province is showcased on the Muelle de Ribera in Puerto Banús. Decades ago, this became the epicentre of the most exclusive boutiques and now this street which runs alongside the Mediterranean and is lined by designer fashion stores, is the sixth most expensive shopping street in Spain.
Purchasing in these shops is something only the wealthy can do, and the same goes for setting up a business opposite the yachts: the price per square metre to rent a shop in this prestigious street is 2,280 euros.
This information is included in an annual report on the fashion business which is produced by the Asociación Empresarial del Comercio Textil y Complementos (Acotex), and it shows that rental prices slightly increased last year, from 2,160 euros in 2014.
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Many owners of holiday rental properties are now rushing to register them as tourist accommodation in order to comply with new regulations which come into force on 11 May.
The number of applications to register a property on the ‘Registro de Turismo de Andalucía’ had increased by 705% by the end of April, according to Monsalud Galindo, the regional government’s Tourism delegate in Malaga. Between 1 January and 30 April, there were 1,736 applications to register rental properties, compared with just 246 in the same period of 2015. Next Wednesday is the first day that registration numbers will be assigned, enabling owners to rent their properties legally.
The new decree states that any property in Andalucía must be registered if it is habitually rented out for holidays at a price set by the owner and is marketed through tourism channels such as travel agents or online platforms.
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Prince discovered the charms of Marbella in the summer of 1990, during a tour of Spain. Six years later, when he married his first wife, Puerto Rican dancer and singer Mayte García, he bought her a 900-square-meter villa set amid 6,000 square meters of grounds, nestling in the hills overlooking the Mediterranean resort.
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