Qatar buys $41 million townhouse just for maids

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.

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