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PHOTOS: Qatar boat show offers peek into lives of super-wealthy

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All photos by Chantelle D’mello

For many, the 2014 Qatar International Boat Show, which opened earlier this week, looks like a scene from a movie. The event, which runs until Saturday night, has drawn the best in luxury marine vessels, equipment and gadgets to Doha, as a sneak peek into how the “other side” lives.

The show is free and open to the public and is set up at the Marina at Lusail City, past the Doha Golf Club.

Some 60 boats are docked at the port, many boasting built-in jacuzzis, cinemas, flat screen TVs, custom navigation systems, master bedrooms the size of landlocked living rooms – and living rooms the size of ballrooms.

Prices for the sailing boats and catamarans range from QR1.09 million to upwards of QR10 million. Most, once sold, will be customized according to the buyer’s specifications, event organizers said.

Attendees are welcome to browse the many booths that line the pier, some of which are selling fishing equipment, navigation systems and of course, boats. A booth at the entrance of the show also offers residents a close look at the primary engine that powers a boat.

For those who come hungry, restaurants like Sushi Minto, Paper Moon, and Apple A Day have set up stalls selling food.

Meanwhile, numerous companies are offering tours of their boats. While most of the yachts hail from Europe, offering subdued grandeur with plush leather, metal, and glass, more ostentatious models can be found toward the far end of the pier.

Emirates Waves for example, which is docked next to a refurbished traditional dhow (albeit with bedrooms, kitchens and dining halls), is a double-deckered marvel.

The boat boasts a velvet-lined cinema, two master bedrooms, color-coordinated children’s rooms, marble stairways, gilded bathrooms, two large kitchens, chandeliers, a massive majlis and an open air TV room on the lower deck.

Another, Damarak II, by French company Sunreef Yachts, comes with three bedrooms and bathrooms, a crew station, a large living room, three decks and a built-in jacuzzi.

According to organizers, the event has so far drawn some 1,000 visitors since it opened on Tuesday night. It will be open from 3pm to 9:30pm today and tomorrow, Nov. 15.

Do you plan to check it out? Thoughts?

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AnonymityBreedsContempt
AnonymityBreedsContempt
7 years ago

That kitchen is nicer than my villa.

Myrddin
Myrddin
7 years ago

No doubt the maid is accommodated in a rubber dinghy, towed behind until needed?

Ibrahim Ali
Ibrahim Ali
7 years ago
Reply to  Myrddin

Jealous much, aren’t we?

Anon
Anon
7 years ago
Reply to  Ibrahim Ali

Why would Myrddin be jealous of the sub-human treatment of domestic staff?

thedrizzle96
thedrizzle96
7 years ago
Reply to  Anon

seemingly the accusation does not rest in the subject you’ve mentioned, but by bringing someone down by making the claim they would treat domestic staff sub-humanely, notably and explicitly @disqus_CH4LjERD92:disqus has claimed the builder, owner or prospective buyer, would put a maid into a rubber dinghy towed behind the boat, would elevate the level of the commentator, who Ibrahim has inferred could not afford such a boat; the elevation would be based on, again reading between the lines, although not being able to afford the boat, they would never treat someone inhumanely, specifically like those who can afford the boat and drag domestic staff behind boats

Anon
Anon
7 years ago
Reply to  thedrizzle96

oh do f**k off, respectfully, of course

thedrizzle96
thedrizzle96
7 years ago
Reply to  Anon

You make a statement about subhuman treatment and then treat others subhumanly

Myrddin
Myrddin
7 years ago
Reply to  thedrizzle96

Seemingly, you are incorrect then?

Do we not witness maids climbing into the back of Landcruisers, to share a ride with the shopping? Do we not witness maids traipsing behind Sir & Madam, carrying Sir junior and 5+ bags of shopping, so Sir & Madam can enjoy the mall unencumbered by such items.

Should you believe my original remark has no comparison to the daily reality (albeit with a satirical twist) then I, respectfully, suggest you open your eyes a little?

Observant One
Observant One
7 years ago
Reply to  Ibrahim Ali

jealous of what? A yacht, a symbol of their paid for oppression? The locals can have all the yachts in the world, but they will never be free, never have freedom of expression, freedom of opinion, democratic rights, right to self govern, right to political expression, right to unionise…that my friend is worth much much more than a yacht.

Myrddin
Myrddin
7 years ago
Reply to  Ibrahim Ali

Touched a raw nerve did I?

thedrizzle96
thedrizzle96
7 years ago
Reply to  Myrddin

not so much aware of the law on social media here? Ie. the spreading of misinformation, libel and defamatory comments?

Anon
Anon
7 years ago
Reply to  thedrizzle96

****

Observant One
Observant One
7 years ago
Reply to  thedrizzle96

Oppression. Restriction of freedom of speech.

thedrizzle96
thedrizzle96
7 years ago
Reply to  Observant One

An ongoing debate about social media globally is going on related to legal, ethical and privacy issues on social media. Specifically related to libel and defamatory comments. Laws exist most places off line and it’s a matter of adopted them to the digital specter. Constitutionally protected freedom of speech in the us faces the same issues. Copyright infringement is another one with pintrest being essentially a massive ip infringement site. The sit is protected but the users aren’t so much. There’s a lot of work to be done globally on the subject but the legislation can’t keep up. You can ban twitter in syria until and when Elon musk, Facebook or Google launches global Internet connectivity via balloons for example

Myrddin
Myrddin
7 years ago
Reply to  thedrizzle96

A mere parody Sir!
Clearly, one too close to the truth, it appears?

thedrizzle96
thedrizzle96
7 years ago
Reply to  Myrddin

Actually I think you’ll find that the “x much?” Is essentially an idiomatic version of the rhetorical question “jealous?” Whereby in English grammar although a question mark is used an answer by definition is not expected. Evidence illustrated by the point in which the rhetorical question is placed in relation to the initial comment is directly opposes, immediately after. The use of rhetoric is to draw attention or emphasize a point. Your calling me petulant for not noticing your question marks misses the question marks in my reply which of course the irony of which has been notably lost on you, that is to mirror your use of the rhetorical question. I also drew from your specific use of the term “much” a common characteristic in rhetorical questions

Observant One
Observant One
7 years ago
Reply to  Myrddin

With the driver in a floatable atco hut.

Mohammed Albanai
Mohammed Albanai
7 years ago

i wish i had one so i could sell it and never work again

Osama Alassiry
7 years ago

Nice boats.

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