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Why the Qatari royal family traveled to Zurich so often

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Why the Qatari royal family traveled to Zurich so often

The Qatari royal family stayed in Zurich regularly, and the former emir lived in the city on the Limmat for years. The Qatari sovereign wealth fund still owns shares in CS and famous Swiss hotels today.


Whether for investments or for medical care – the Qataris stayed regularly in Zurich for a long time.

The connection between the Qatari royal family and Zurich goes back well before the 2010 FIFA World Cup was awarded at Fifa headquarters. Whether for bulk shopping or for medical care – the Qataris stay regularly in Switzerland’s largest city. The “NZZ” even describes Zurich as the second home of the royal family.

The former Emir of Qatar, Khalifa bin Hamad Al Thani (✝84), was particularly fond of Zurich. He lived for years in the city on the Limmat and was occasionally treated at the university hospital. In 2015 he even donated eleven million francs to the Zurich Foundation for Cardiovascular Research. According to the “NZZ”, the Zurich educational institutions had previously established a Qatar connection. In 2005, the University of Zurich and ETH Zurich identified Qatar as an important educational partner.

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