Crisis: Qatar royal family member buys Greek island

23 April, 13:48

(ANSAmed) - ATHENS, APRIL 23 - A member of Qatar's royal family has purchased a Greek island for 5 million euros, according to a report in a Qatari newspaper. The 1,236-acre island, named Oxia, was initially advertised by owners the Greek-Australian Stamoulis family for 6.9 million euros, Greek daily Ekathimerini reported, citing unnamed sources. The island's new owners are expected to develop part of the island, it added. The island is located in the Ionian Sea, near Ithaca, and is protected by the Natura 2000 ecological network, the newspaper said. Greece's government has been under pressure to privatise the country's islands in the wake of its sovereign debt crisis. The sale follows a week after Qatar's sovereign wealth fund announced it had signed an agreement to acquire Smeralda Holding, owner of luxury hotel resorts on Costa Smeralda in Sardinia. Qatar Holding said it will acquire a portfolio consisting of four luxury hotels with a total of 372 rooms, the Porto Cervo Marina, the Porto Cervo Shipyard, the Pevero Golf Club, a 51% interest in 2,290 hectares of adjacent undeveloped land and various other real estate assets in Costa Smeralda. ''We intend to continue supporting the on-going development programme which will see Costa Smeralda strengthen its position as one of the world's top resort destinations,'' Ahmad Mohamed Al-Sayed, managing director and CEO of Qatar Holding, said in a statement. (ANSAmed).

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