Michael Jackson package to include Mideast leg
US $18,000 Jackson tour will include Mosque visits
A global Michael Jackson travel package will include the Middle East, the UK-based travel agent offering the deal has said.
The announcement came on the first anniversary of Jackson’s death and the British tour operator STA Travel is offering the package to “celebrate the incredible life of the true King of Pop one year after his death.”
The package, dubbed the King of Pop Pilgrimage, will span five continents for 126 days and will cost £12,000 ($18,070) or each leg will start from £2,759 ($4,154).
The third leg will take in the Middle East, including Bahrain and the UAE.
“You’ll go on a sightseeing and real estate tour of the emirates where a famous United Arab Emirates' champion rally driver took Michael. The King of Pop was reported to have converted to Islam in 2008, so you’ll have time to visit the mosques that impressed him,” STA Travel’s website states.
Jackson, who was found dead in the US on June 25 last year, moved to Bahrain in 2005 following legal allegations surrounding his private life and lived in the Gulf state as a guest of the Bahraini royal family.
In 2008, Bahrain’s Prince Abdulla Bin Hamad Bin Isa Al- Khalifa sued Jackson claiming he reneged on a deal to use Bahrain as a recording venue and kept a $7m advance
The prince, second son of Bahrain’s king, reportedly struck a deal for the joint production of two albums, a Jackson autobiography and a stage musical. However, Jackson claimed the money was less than $7m and was a “gift” accepted when he was in a fragile state after his trial.
Jackson said in court documents he felt “undue pressure” to sign a contract and he didn’t consider the deal binding. The two later settled out of court.
In September 2005, UAE rally champion Mohammed Bin Sulayem is reported to have taken Jackson on a sightseeing tour of the emirates and this will be recreated as part of the ‘King of Pop Pilgrimage’ package.