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Katara in Zupa Katara in Zupa

Former Emir of Qatar on holiday in Zupa

Written by  Mark Thomas Aug 25, 2016

The mammoth super yacht of one of the richest men in the world is on anchor in the Bay of Zupa, near Dubrovnik. Katara is the $300 million plaything of the former Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa.

At 124 metres in length, or just a tad longer than a football pitch, and with a crew of 60 the Katara is the eighteenth longest private yacht in the world. The Emir of Dubai holds the keys to the world’s longest yacht, Azzam, which is a staggering 180 metres in length.

Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa is a member of the ruling Al Thani Qatari royal family and from 1995 to 2013 he was the ruling Emir of the State of Qatar.

Interestingly it was during his reign as the Emir that the rights to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup was won by Qatar. He is also the head of a Qatari investment fund that owns the iconic London department store Harrods. Katara set the Emir back a cool $300 million back in 2010 but as his wealth is estimated at $2.5 billion we can assume that he didn’t need a loan to purchase the mega yacht.

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The Voice of Dubrovnik


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