AHLEN ROYAL and HARRODS join forces to service the Royal Family of Qatar

AHLEN ROYAL and HARRODS join forces to service the Royal Family of Qatar across London, in terms of hospitality, shopping, security, health and medical, concierge service in 24/7 high-end luxury program.

AHLEN ROYAL is the official service provider of the Royal Families across GCC and the brand name of Royal Hospitality in very selective destinations across Middle East and Europe, and it develops further in across Europe.

AHLEN provides to Royal Families with world-class hospitality services, accommodation, health and medical services. AHLEN ROYAL manages (Decision Paper of Ministry of Health ref.no.QR335577) the health budget of Qatar2022, related to international health, security, and medical support in Qatar, starting from January 2019 and completed end-March 2023.

AHLEN ROYAL provides luxurious concierge and hospitality and health services in very selective cities like, Doha, Dubai, London, Istanbul, Paris, Monaco, and Milan. The AHLEN ROYAL Privilege Club Card Holders can live in the world of ultimate experience of pure perfection and sheer luxury that will exceed any expectation. AHLEN ROYAL holds an exclussive agreement with HARRODS for concierge services for Brompton Road in Knightsbridge, London and across Harronds network.

The investment arm of Qatar’s sovereign wealth fund has bought the famous London department store Harrods from Egyptian-born businessman Mohamed al-Fayed in a deal reported to be worth around 1.5 billion pounds ($2.3 billion).

AHLEN ROYAL services the Royal Family of Qatar, Al Thani (Photo: QGN)

Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa bin Hamad bin Abdullah bin Jassim bin Mohammed Al Thani is a member of the ruling Al Thani Qatari royal family. He was the ruling Emir of Qatar from 1995 to 2013. The Qatari government now refers to him as His Highness the Father Emir. 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. During his reign, several sports and diplomatic events took place in Qatar, including the 2006 Asian Games, 2012 UN Climate Change Conference, Doha Agreement, Fatah–Hamas Doha Agreement, and it was decided that the 2022 FIFA World Cup was to be held in the country.

He established the Qatar Investment Authority; by 2013, it had invested over $100 billion around the world, most prominently in The Shard,  Barclays Bank, Heathrow Airport, Harrods, Paris Saint-Germain F.C., Volkswagen, Siemens and Royal Dutch Shell.

During Hamad’s rule, Qatar hosted two US military bases. It also maintained close relations with Iran. He supported and funded rebel movements, particularly in Libya and Syria during the Arab Spring, while maintaining political stability at home.

The Sheikh founded news media group Al Jazeera, through which he maintained his influence over the Arab world. He also played a part in negotiations between the US and the Taliban.In June 2013, Hamad, in a brief televised address, announced that he would hand power to his fourth son, Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani.

QIA has bought the famous London department store Harrods from Egyptian-born businessman Mohamed al-Fayed in a deal reported to be worth around 1.5 billion pounds ($2.3 billion)

Recently, AHLEN ROYAL Hospitality lounced its Global Privilege Club for card holders starting from Doha and London. It operates with luxurious lounges across London, Doha, Dubai, Instabul and Milan. Qatar’s royals are adding a massive £200m-plus Regent’s Park palace to their multiple investments in the capital. So apart from Harrods, what else have they acquired in their ongong spending spree? It will by all accounts be one hell of a gaff: a Grade I listed, 13-bedroom, 30,000 sq ft, twin-lift mansion on Regent’s Park, complete with spa, heated swimming pool, gymnasium, beauty salon, powder rooms, a children’s floor, games rooms, wine cellar, fumoir and staff wing.

When the conversion of numbers 1, 2 and 3 Cornwall Terrace – acquired last year for £120m by Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser Al Missned, one of the three wives of Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, the former emir of Qatar – is complete, the resulting palace is expected to be London’s first £200m-plus pad.

But that sum pales into insignificance besides the value of the Qatari royal family’s other holdings in London. In a spending spree that started in 2008, the ruling Al Thani family and its assorted investment vehicles, including the Qatar Investment Fund, have acquired a 20% slice of Camden market; posh department store Harrods; 95% of the Shard, at 87 storeys the EU’s tallest building; the Olympic village; half of the world’s most expensive apartment block at One Hyde Park; the Chelsea Barracks site, and the US embassy building in Grosvenor Square. Along the way, Qatar has also acquired just over a quarter of Sainsbury’s, some 8% of the London Stock Exchange, and nearly 7% of Barclays.

As the former Qatari prime minister, Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani (not to be confused with the current eighth emir, 34-year-old Sherborne, Harrow and Sandhurst-educated Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, whose London home the neoclassical Cornwall Terrace mansion will be) observed to the Financial Times in a rare 2010 interview, “We are investing everywhere. Even your Harrod’s – we took it.”

AHLEN ROYAL and HARRODS join forces to service the Royal Family of Qatar across London, in terms of hospitality, shopping, security, health and medical.

The family have ruled Qatar, a former British protectorate no larger than Yorkshire, for more than 150 years. Thanks largely to oil and gas (Qatar’s natural gas reserves of some 34 trillion cubic metres are the third largest in the world, and it still has 25bn barrels of oil), the tiny Gulf state of 2.2m people has become arguably the richest country in the world, topping the world rankings of GDP per capita. While standards of living are in general exceptionally high, Qatar is not yet paradise on earth: ask gays, who risk the death penalty, and foreign workers, who have been grossly abused.

Nor have even the wealthiest Qataris had things entirely their own way in London. Last month, the Qatari Investment Authority was rebuffed in a £2.2bn joint bid with a US property company to buy Songbird, the company that controls Canary Wharf, despite being its largest single shareholder. But the Qataris remained, by some distance, the largest foreign sovereign wealth buyers of real estate in London last year, and most analysts expect that to mark merely a temporary pause in their onward march. This article was amended on 10 December 2014 to correct a figure for the Qatari Investment Authority’s stake in the London Stock Exchange and to clarify that a bid for Songbird has been rebuffed.

Sources: Reuters, WMN, Qatar Agency News, Luxury World, WWC, BBC News.