Following the announcement that Italy is auctioning off the island of Poveglia, a prominent Bahraini sheikh announced his interest in purchasing the Italian island.
The island has an infamous reputation as the world’s most haunted island. In the 18th century it was used as docking area for ships en route to Venice in order to make sure that no one onboard had the Black Plague. Some ships would be forced to stay on the island for 40 days.
The island was also used to quarantine Black Plague victims, leaving hundreds of people to die and spooky ghosts stories about the island have spread ever since.
In 1922, the island was used again to house a geriatric hospital with rumors that the head administrator would perform gruesome experiments and lobotomies on patients before he committed suicide by jumping off the roof.
Italy is attempting to market the island as the ideal spot to build an exclusive luxurious hotel, however it is still unknown how much the Italian government is asking for the island.
A prominent Bahraini Sheikh, who remains anonymous, said in a press release:
This island is a great opportunity for Bahrain to gain a greater prominence in the world. My plan is to purchase the real estate and build a second Bahrain on the land – Bahrain 2. It will be the first time that a Middle Eastern country builds a franchise in the Venetian Lagoon, and because of its geographic location and prime natural beauty it will make an excellent tourist attraction. The possibilities are endless – Bahrain City Centre 2, Lost Paradise of Dilmun 2, Bahrain International Circuit 2, and even Tree of Life 2.