Syrian first lady paid $440,000 for new furniture from London

In the midst of ongoing bloodshed and despite economic sanctions, Syrian first lady Asmaa al-Assad turns out to have paid thousands of dollars to buy new furniture.

According to the most recent WikiLeaks reports, Asmaa al-Assad paid more than $440,000 in online purchases from DN Designs, a furniture shop in Chelsea in West London.

Based on the emails WikiLeaks was able to gain access to, the purchases were mainly for the Latakia presidential summer palace that is currently being renovated.

An email, of which Al Arabiya obtained a copy, dated March 2 and sent by Mansour Azzam, Minister of Presidential Affairs, made a list of the purchases. Azzam, whose email address is mansour.azzam@mopa.gov.sy (MOPA is the acronym for Ministry of Presidential Affairs), appears to be in charge of the family’s purchases.

Assad made the purchases also using the ministry’s email addresses and signed it “aaa” (Asmaa al-Akhras al-Assad) instead of her full name.

According to Azzam’s email, the first order was placed in September. The email states that the purchases comprise of 130 pieces of furniture. A Daily Mail report estimated their worth at around $440,000.

The email reveals that those purchases include five chandeliers for $15,000 and 11 Ottoman seats for $33,000.

In another email, Asmaa al-Assad had ordered a round table for the dinning room for $16,000 and a Memluk style rug for $17,000 as well as a clothes hanger for $5,000.

There was also a special order of linen for two bedrooms, a guest room, a living room and a dinning room in the ground floor as well as the dressing room. The first lady received several emails with pictures of the purchased items.

The total amount of Syrian emails intercepted by WikiLeaks since mid-2006 till last March has so far reached 2,435,899.

The emails are written in different languages of which 400,000 are in Arabic and 68,000 in Persian. WikiLeaks started publishing them on installments, the last of which focused o the online purchases.

The leaked emails contain personal information, pictures, and videos that president Bashar al-Assad exchanged with his wife and aides.

Many of those emails reveal Asmaa al-Assad’s obsession with shopping especially online where she can hide her identity. Alia Kayali was one of the names she used to buy jewelry, hand made furniture, and shoes.

Al Arabiya

  • wargame1

    This lady is a gold digger. She is not that pretty and she look more ugly due to her artificial smile i.e. receptionist smile. She always carry bags full of cash and doesnt know what to do with that. She and her hubby likes caviar and the European EU punished them by placing an embargo on caviar in protest against the murder of 17000 Syrian!! thats outrageous!!   She also got a ban on shopping in Europe ..how dare you !! during her cat walk on the street She likes to wear a huge sunglasses from which its possible to make another pair of glass.

    • Mahdi Kenaani

      Oh please, some one has to create jobs in europe. otherwise you sink lower than the Mid-East

  • wargame1

    This lady is a gold digger. She is not that pretty and she look more ugly due to her artificial smile i.e. receptionist smile. She always carry bags full of cash and doesnt know what to do with that. She and her hubby likes caviar and the European EU punished them by placing an embargo on caviar in protest against the murder of 17000 Syrian!! thats outrageous!!   She also got a ban on shopping in Europe ..how dare you !! She likes wear a huge sunglasses from which its possible to make another pair of glass.

    • Mahdi Kenaani

      Oh please, some one has to create jobs in europe. otherwise you sink lower than the Mid-East

  • 5thDrawer

    Oh well .. as long as DN Designs got paid for the furniture, who cares? At least she’s decorating the presidential estates for the tourists of the future with something tasteful. 😉 Wonder what she bought for her London flats….
    Wonder if anyone is writing anything important after Wikileakers have arrived on the scene … let’s just write about sex and furniture from now on … might get you noticed.

  • 5thDrawer

    Oh well .. as long as DN Designs got paid for the furniture, who cares? At least she’s decorating the presidential estates for the tourists of the future with something tasteful. 😉 Wonder what she bought for her London flats….

  • Patience2

    Yah, well, soon it’ll be the all-year-around palace.  I wonder how well expensive furniture burns??

    • 73Corty77

      The ones who are burning in Syria are the Free Syrian Ass Holes. And the ones who aren’t being burnt are going straight to the shredder  

  • Patience2

    Yah, well, soon it’ll be the all-year-around palace.  I wonder how well expensive furniture burns??

    • 73Corty77

      The ones who are burning in Syria are the Free Syrian Ass Holes. And the ones who aren’t being burnt are going straight to the shredder  

  • Fauzia45

    Such people refuse to accept or see reality ,so they escape to live  in the world they think still exists!Perhaps this obsession with shopping is an escape!!!

  • Fauzia45

    Such people refuse to accept or see reality ,so they escape to live  in the world they think still exists!Perhaps this obsession with shopping is an escape!!!

  • Fauzia45

    Such people refuse to accept or see reality ,so they escape to live  in the world they think still exists!Perhaps this obsession with shopping is an escape!!!

  • C S

    Hang her too….

  • C S

    Hang her too….

  • C S

    AAA? She will need AAA to get her ass towed out of Syria, the bitch…but it’s too late, because she will be hanging….

  • C S

    AAA? She will need AAA to get her ass towed out of Syria, the bitch…but it’s too late, because she will be hanging….

  • deptyGod

    i lik lieps mr nic bantalon mr

    • 5thDrawer

      Depty – keeping the mind on the important things. 😉

  • deptyGod

    i lik lieps mr nic bantalon mr

    • 5thDrawer

      Depty – keeping the mind on the important things. 😉

  • Just a crazy investment. The lady must be very crazy about furniture. I would love to see the newly made furniture of her to check, is it deserve to pay this amount or not.

  • Just a crazy investment. The lady must be very crazy about furniture. I would love to see the newly made furniture of her to check, is it deserve to pay this amount or not.