Another of our really good customers was Sheikh Abdullah bin Hamad Al Khalifa who ran a construction and trading company called Project & Properties with his brother Sheikh Ibrahim.
Sheikh Abdullah or “Abdullah” as he liked to be called by his friends, became good friends with Bob and I. He was always buying Porsche Design goods off us every month as gifts for his friends and he also told his family about us and we made a lot of sales through his contacts.
Abdullah would not buy a Porsche for use in Bahrain, but he had a Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 Coupe in Geneva where he had his flat. He was also a great snow skier and went every year.
Abdullah always had a regular British girlfriend and shortly after we met him his girlfriend at that time was called Kim Ely, who originally flew for Gulf Air. Abdullah purchased a Mitsubishi Lancer for Kim and asked us if we would look after her car as a special favour to him. He knew we only worked on up market cars, but as we looked after his BMW and Mercedes cars and he was a good customer, we agreed.
We became very good friends with Abdullah and Kim over the years. She was visiting her family home in Hammersmith, London one day, when she met the singer Jack Jones at a concert. Before long Kim told us she and Jack were getting married and they became good friends with Abdullah and regular visitors to Bahrain after they were married.
I remember telling Jack over lunch one day, “That I was not a fan of his type of singing”, but he took my banter in good faith.