HE may be one of the most recognisable faces in Qatar, but Prime Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber al-Thani certainly had issues with New York real estate - until now.The sheikh has reportedly purchased an exclusive Manhattan townhouse after dishing out $47million. Located at 22 E. 71st Street, the property was previously owned by real estate magnate Aby Rosen, the co-founder and president of RFR Holdings.The 21,000-square-foot mansion boasts five floors, a reception hall, and a jacuzzi, according to property listings.The New York Post reported that while Rosen was known to host extravagant parties at the property, he never actually lived there. The super-secret deal was reportedly done without a broker to keep the sheikh’s name from getting out.A source told the Post: ‘The house has been purchased through an LLC, Tower Management Holdings, to protect the identity of the buyer, Sheik Hamad, who has been looking to purchase a New York property.’It was reported last month that al-Thani had his eyes on a nearly $100million 10,923 square foot penthouse in the exclusive One57 building, the Big Apple’s most expensive. The astronomical fee of the penthouse apartment eclipsed the $88million forked out by Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev on a penthouse for his daughter last winter at 15 Central Park West.But the Post reported that the sheikh’s deal was called off by al-Thani himself because he felt the building’s two elevators were not enough for his two wives, 15 kids and entourage of handlers and armed guards.He was also reportedly in discussions about buying four separate, full-floor condos in the exclusive Midtown building, which would bring the total cost to an incredible $250million.The penthouse, on the 89th and 90th floors, boasts a ‘grand salon’, at least five bedrooms, four fireplaces, floor-to-ceiling windows and a large mezzanine, the Post reported.   –GN