The former Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa bin Hamad, and member of the ruling Qatari Royal Family paid a flying visit to the island of Korcula yesterday.
The Sheikh spent a few days on the island last August and clearly he enjoyed the island as yesterday he came back for another visit. Sailing on the luxury yacht Katara, which set back the Sheikh a massive $300 million, he arrived on a fast tender into the coastline destination of Lumbarda.
It is believed that he is on the yacht with three of his wives, as well as children and grandchildren. And he took the whole family for a meal in a local restaurant on Korcula. Al Thani was introduced to Korcula by a friend and associate, famous Croatian architect Otto Barić, son of the former Croatian national football team coach, who has a house in the old town.
Hamad seized power in a bloodless palace coup d'état in 1995. During his 18-year rule, Qatar's natural gas production reached 77 million tonnes, making Qatar the richest country in the world per capita with the average income in the country US$86,440 a year per person.