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quincy
23-04-2018, 22:20
At £400 a night, a stay at the Sofitel hotel on the manmade Palm Jumeirah island in Dubai does not come cheap. Holidaymakers are lured with beachfront suites, a round-the-clock butler service, a choice of six outdoor pools and 500 metres (1,640ft) of white sand reserved for guests.

What has been less well advertised is the identity of the hotelís owners. The resort apparently belongs to the daughters of Azerbaijanís president, Ilham Aliyev. The two plots on which the Sofitel is built are held by a Dubai-registered company called Sahra FZCO, according to records obtained by the Organised Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP).

Sahra is jointly owned by Leyla and Arzu Aliyeva, claim sources who have spoken on condition of anonymity to the Daphne Project, a collaboration of 18 news organisations, including the Guardian, Reuters and the New York Times. Led by Franceís Forbidden Stories, it was created to continue the investigations of Daphne Caruana Galizia, who was killed by a car bomb in October.

The disclosures are likely to raise new questions for Azerbaijanís ruling family, who have been widely criticised for a lack of transparency, the imprisonment of journalists and curbs on free speech since Aliyev took power in 2003.

Sahra was reportedly established in 2004 with the daughters holding 50% each.

It appears the presidentís children have been overseeing an expanding business and property empire that includes London real estate, mining, telecoms and hotels.

In contrast to other jurisdictions, such as the UK, the Dubai land registry is not open to the public. The extent of the Aliyev portfolio has only come to light because of a leak of property data to the OCCRP. The information covers the period from 2014 to 2016. Land may have changed hands since.

The Aliyevs did not respond to repeated requests for comment.

Besides the Sofitel, Sahra appears to have acquired 16 villas on nearby Jumeirah islands. The development, a manmade archipelago set within a lagoon, is among the most sought-after in Dubai. Its villas, set among water features and lush gardens, cost an average of £2m each.
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/apr/23/azerbaijan-children-of-president-linked-to-dubai-property-empire

TolkoRaz
23-04-2018, 22:36
Mr & Mrs Mugabe also own their own investment properties in Dubai, along with many other distasteful people who have stolen from their own countries they were supposed to serve!

quincy
23-04-2018, 22:47
With summer temperatures regularly ranging between 45 and 50 degrees Celsius, the artificially made sandy beach would probably not be of much practical use for half of the year

TolkoRaz
23-04-2018, 23:06
With summer temperatures regularly ranging between 45 and 50 degrees Celsius, the artificially made sandy beach would probably not be of much practical use for half of the year

In July / August, they leave Dubai for Beirut if it is calm there and the GCC governments have not imposed a Travel Ban, but many also head to Western Europe (London, Paris, sanatorium and spas near Dusselfdorf etc) travelling with their extended families and taking over whole floors in luxury hotels......how the other half live!

BTW, it never officially gets above 50 degrees in DXB. If it did, the law would require all construction work to cease to allow the Indians & Bangladeshis time out of the scorching sun, but of course, it mysteriously never gets higher than 49.5 degrees! ;)