Friday, February 24, 2006

UAE Donated $1 Million to Bush Library

United Arab Emirates contributed at least $1 million to the Bush Library Foundation, which established the George Bush Presidential Library at Texas A&M University in College Station.

The donations were made in the early 1990s for the library, which houses the papers of former President George H.W. Bush, the current president’s father.

The list of donors names of late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan (President of UAE) and the people of the United Arab Emirates as one donor in the $1 million or more categories.

The amount of the gift grants them recognition on the engraved donor wall in the library entrance or on the paving bricks that line the library’s walkways, according to library documents.

Roman Popaduik, chairman of the Bush Library Foundation that collects donations, said he could not discuss details of the gifts except to say the amount category and whether it was before or after 1997.

The chief executive of the Dubai Ports World, Ahmed bin Sulayem, did not donate individually.

The hundreds of large donors include longtime Bush associates, including Vice President Dick Cheney and other administration officials as well as business titans - such as Enron Corp. founder Kenneth Lay - and big Republican donors.

Other Arab donors include the state of Kuwait, the Saudi Royal family and Prince Bandar bin Sultan family, the Sultanate of Oman, King Hassan II of Morocco and the Emir of Qatar. The former South Korean prime minister and China also gave tens of thousands of dollars to the library.


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