Jackson wants to consult for entertainment
Updated: 2006-01-18 09:20
Michael Jackson seems to be settling in to the Persian Gulf. The pop star has
shopped for real estate here, been spotted in glitzy malls ¡ª and now appears to
be interviewing for a job.
Jackson, who was acquitted on child
molestation charges in California last year, is negotiating a position as a
consultant with a Bahrain-based company that plans to set up theme parks and
music academies in the Middle East, according to a press release.
Michael Jackson, shown in this April 12, 2005
file photo. Jackson, who was acquitted on child molestation charges in
California last year, is negotiating a position as a consultant with a
Bahrain-based company that plans to set up theme parks and music academies
in the Middle East, according to a press release.
AAJ Holdings Ltd., owned by Ahmed Abu Bakr Janahi, said it wants to hire
47-year-old Jackson to give advice on setting up entertainment businesses.
Jackson's publicist, Raymone K. Bain, couldn't be reached for comment Monday.
AAJ, which focuses mainly on urban development projects, played a key role in
designing Bahrain's ongoing Financial Harbor development and Oman's Blue City, a
multibillion-dollar tourist resort with golf courses, hotels and several dozen
miles of sandy beaches.
"Stagnant architectural structures need content in the form of entertainment
to revive them and that's where Michael Jackson will play an integral role," the
Jackson is reportedly building a home in Bahrain, an island nation in the
Persian Gulf linked to Saudi Arabia by a bridge.
In his last known visit to Dubai in November, he was seen checking out some
of the world's priciest real estate developments. His host at the time, Emirates
champion rally driver Mohammed bin Sulayem, said Jackson was considering buying
News reports out of Manama, the Bahraini capital, have quoted Jackson's
publicist as saying the pop star is in the process of finalizing his Hurricane
Katrina relief song, which will be released on 2 Seas Records.
Keisha Cole, Ciara, Snoop Dogg, Babyface and R. Kelly are among those taking
part in the song, "I Have This Dream," reports said.
The record label belongs to Sheik Abdullah bin Hamad Al Khalifa, a regional
governor and the Bahraini king's son, who is reportedly spearheading the