“The Flying Palace” gift from Qatar to the Turkish President worth $500 million
The Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, gave Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan a plane worth close to half a billion dollars to show his “love for Erdogan and confidence in Turkey,” according to the Turkish news site «Kokpit.aero», It is a VIP 747-8.
This comes at a time when Erdogan does not stop urging citizens to adopt austerity measures and saving in light of the economic crisis, which is ravaging the country.
The plane was equipped with 7 bedrooms and two reception rooms, and was on sale for about $ 400 million, just three years before Qatar bought it in 2015, according to Sky News.
The Turkish website did not provide further information on this luxury gift offered by Qatar at a time of major financial crisis, especially after Standard & Poor’s, in its latest report, maintained its negative view of the Qatari economy at the “AA level”. .
The arrival of the plane to the city of Istanbul on Wednesday morning, criticized the government because of the expenses that will be spent from the state treasury for maintenance.
he deputy of the Republican People’s Party, the main opposition party in the country, as saying, describing Tameem’s gift to Erdogan as “Flying Palace.”
“The presidential palace calls on the Turkish people to save, almost daily,” Tachir said in a written complaint to Vice President Fouad Aktay. But the same people who call for tightening belts can not give up luxury and boasting. ”
The arrival of the plane came not long after Turkish Finance and Treasury Minister Berat al-Bairaq, Erdogan’s brother-in-law, announced austerity measures that included a list of state-owned vehicles used by public officials.
VIP 747-8 will be added to the fleet of 11 government aircraft. The fleet also includes three helicopters.
One such aircraft, the Airbus A340 VI, was formerly owned by former Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and was bought by the Turkish country for $ 78 million in 2016.