Billionaire to build giant sailboat hospital


A Russian billionaire is planning to build a high-tech hospital in the shape of a giant sailing boat.

Vasily Klyukin said that the White Sails Hospital and Spa in Tunisia would be “the most pleasant hospital in the world”.

He said he was inspired to build a hospital after undergoing health tests for an upcoming trip to space.

“I will fly into space next year. My health condition has to be checked every six months,” Mr Klyukin, who made his fortune from co-founding Sovcombank, one of Russia’s biggest banks, said.

“That is why I know this feeling very well, every time I’m approaching the white building of the clinic, I don’t feel any joy. But I would like to show you the hospital, where there is no room for fear. And so that my son could ask about this hospital: ‘Daddy, when will we visit the ship again?'” he added.

The complex will be built in the Tunisia Economic City in Enfidha – which has a budget of €50bn (£39bn). The hospital will be one of the first buildings constructed and contain cutting-edge medical equipment.

The hospital project is backed by Saudi Arabian firm Lalei Al Barakah Est and will be constructed by engineering firm Thornton Tomasetti.

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