A long line of descendants from the Banu Tamim tribal confederation gave rise to the House of Thani, which is the ruling royal family of Qatar headed by Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani. Currently, the Emir of Qatar, or what is more commonly known as the ruler of Qatar, is Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani. They are among the richest royal families in the world. Like any other royal family, this one also has a wealth of wealth beyond anything an ordinary person could dream of and can imagine.
Several reports have stated that the Qatari royal family holds a net worth of $335 billion, which is a staggering amount in the world of finance. It is no surprise that the Qatari royal family lives its luxurious life, buys real estate, superyachts and buys sports teams.
The ultra-luxurious home of the Qatari royal family
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— Dr. Abdullah Abdullah (@DrabdullahCE) September 14, 2020
It is everyone’s dream to have a mansion, especially in the heart of London. It appears Sheikha Moza bint Nasser Al-Missned, the former wife of the Emir of Qatar, thought the same when she reportedly bought a Cornwall terrace for $80million. She then paid another $40 million for 2-3 Cornwall Terrace.
The luxurious 1 Cornwall Terrace spans 21,500 square feet and includes seven bedrooms, 11 reception rooms, nine bathrooms, beauty treatment areas and a leisure complex with a gym and heated indoor swimming pool. Meanwhile, nearby 2-3 Cornwall Terrace offers six bedrooms and 14,000 square feet. According to media sources, the family intended to convert the five-storey, Grade I-listed terraced buildings into a 17-bedroom mega-mansion worth an estimated $230million.
However, all is not as it seems, as according to documents obtained as part of the Pandora Papers investigation, the Qatari family avoided paying $18.5 million in stamp duty by buying the homes through through offshore companies, according to the BBC. Likewise, the family purchased the property at 2-3 Cornwall Terrace.
The royal family travels in style
One way to know a person’s status is by the car they drive. When you are part of the Qatari royal family, it is only natural that you choose the best. The Chiron is one of the most popular automobiles in the world from the German and then French manufacturer Bugatti. However, the supercar is not widely owned due to its high price and exclusivity. A member of the Qatari royal family drove the Bugatti Chiron on one occasion.
However, it’s not your typical Bugatti Chiron. Based on the Super Sport 300, the Chiron variant set the world record for the fastest car, reaching 300 mph (482 km/h). The Super Sport has a top speed of 273 mph or 440 km/h, while the Chiron Sport has a top speed of 261 mph or 420 km/h. Bugatti only produced 40 Divos, with costs starting at $5.08 million and rising dramatically as consumers ticked a few option boxes and made special requests.
It is however not the only Bugatti Divo owned by a member of the royal family of Qatar. Sheikh Khalifa bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani owned a Divo and was spotted driving it around London earlier this year. He took the hypercar to the UK alongside his Lamborghini Sian FKP 37 and Ferrari Monza SP2.
It is undeniable that people who have money like to buy extravagant boats. Therefore, it was no surprise that a $348 million superyacht owned by the Qatari royal family was spotted parked in the UK in August. The Katara, one of the world’s largest superyachts, was seen moored in Falmouth, Cornwall, near luxury cruise liner The World.
It’s not the only yacht in his collection; the Qatari royal family also owns the multi-million dollar cruiser, “Al Mirqab”, which Forbes magazine named one of the most beautiful yachts in 2008 and was owned by one of the world’s richest men, the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, who chose Skiathos for another vacation.
Before sailing through the clear blue waters of the Aegean Sea, the yacht’s 50 crew members were tested for the Covid-19 virus. Medical staff and a molecular analyzer are available on the yacht, allowing for continuous testing. Nicknamed the floating palace, this superyacht contains 12 bedrooms, two swimming pools, a gym, a cinema room and even a jacuzzi. Besides the handcrafted furniture, the ship is decorated with works of art by famous artists like Picasso and Van Gong.
Family love for sports
The royal family of Qatar loves sports, no doubt. Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani is known for promoting the desert nation’s international reputation through sports. As well as heading the National Olympic Committee, he oversaw Qatar’s bid to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup and is a key player in the purchase of Paris Saint football club -Germain.
Qatari royal family member Sheikh Abdullah Bin Nasser Al-Thani bought Spanish club Málaga for $44 million in June 2010. During his visit to Al Bayt Stadium Park in August 2022, the Emir also walked with elementary school students to raise young people’s awareness of sport and encourage young people to adopt healthy lifestyles. So, it is without a doubt that the Emir loves sport.
However, he is not the only member of the Qatari royal family who loves her. On September 22, it was reported that Khalid Faleh al Thani, a member of the Qatari royal family, had expressed interest in buying struggling Serie A club Sampdoria. Although Sampdoria play regularly in Serie A, the club suffered relegation in recent years due to instability.
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Sources: Middle East Eye, BBC, Yachts International
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