Report: Qatar’s emir buys 100-mln-euro Bosporus mansion for wife

The emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, has paid a staggering 100 million euros to purchase a house located on the banks of Istanbul’s Bosporus Strait for his second wife, a Turkish newspaper reported on Saturday. The purchase took place during a visit by the Qatari emir to Turkey two weeks ago, the Vatan newspaper has claimed.

Reports earlier this week said the house — known as Erbilgin YalIsI and thought to be the most expensive residence in Turke

The emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, has paid a staggering 100 million euros to purchase a house located on the banks of Istanbul’s Bosporus Strait for his second wife, a Turkish newspaper reported on Saturday.

The purchase took place during a visit by the Qatari emir to Turkey two weeks ago, the Vatan newspaper has claimed.

Reports earlier this week said the house — known as Erbilgin YalIsI and thought to be the most expensive residence in Turkey and the fourth most expensive globally — had been sold to a Qatari businessman named Mana bin Abdul Hadi al-Hajri.

Vatan, however, said that the secret owner of the mansion is the emir’s 25-year-old wife Sheikha Anoud bint Mana al-Hajri, who happens to be the daughter of Mana bin Abdul Hadi al-Hajri.

The purchase was made by a London-based real estate company owned by Mana al-Hajri in order to conceal the Qatari emir’s involvement, according to Vatan. The daily claimed the emir’s family saw the 5,800-square-meter, 64-room mansion as they were touring Istanbul while the emir was having talks with Turkish leaders.

The emir then agreed to give the house to his wife as a gift.

Emir Tamim and Sheikha Anoud got married in 2009, four years after the emir’s first marriage, and have three children.

Sheikha Anoud’s father is the former Qatari ambassador to Jordan.

Originally known as Iehzade Burhanettin Efendi YalIsI after it was purchased by Ottoman Sultan Abduumllhamid II’s son Iehzade Burhanettin in 1911, the Erbilgin YalIsI was bought in 1985 by the Erbilgin family, who restored it.

SOURCE: TODAY’S ZAMAN