Qatar is expanding its footprint on Manhattan. After the nation bought two landmarked townhouses next door to each other on East 72nd Street to combine into a royal palace, it has now bought another adjacent townhouse, just to put up the staff.
The emir of Qatar reportedly bought 7-9 East 72nd St. from the Lycée Français for $26 million in 2002 after the posh private school moved to a new building. The Beaux-Arts properties underwent years of construction to be combined into one mega-mansion said to be one of the largest private residences in the city. Reports said it will boast an indoor swimming pool, two floors of bedrooms, a maze of foyers on the first floor and an astonishing 8,500-square-foot roof area.
Meanwhile, Qatar remains in a dangerous dispute with other Arab gulf states that broke diplomatic relations because of Qatar’s purported support of terrorism.