The Seat of Imamat in Portugal

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President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa officially welcomed Mawlana Hazar Imam to Portugal on 9 July with full state honours at Palácio de Belém, the official residence of the President.
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Prince Aga Khan's institution bought Palacete Leitão in Lisbon for 13.5 million euros

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Imamat Ismaili, an institution led by Prince Aga Khan, acquired this week for 13.5 million euros the Palacete Leitão, in Lisbon, next to the land where the future world headquarters will be built, the agency's source told Lusa.

According to an official source of the institution, a rehabilitation project is not yet budgeted for the property.

Palacete Leitão, on Rua Marquês de Fronteira, occupies the land adjacent to the future world headquarters of Imamat Ismaili and should accommodate part of the services that will be installed there.

With the new acquisition completed this week, said the source, Imamat Ismaili intends to reinforce investments in Portugal, already projecting the enlargement of the future world headquarters that is being installed in the Mendonça Palace, a historic building, currently the target of a recovery and rehabilitation intervention.

The two neighboring buildings will allow a greater concentration of the institution's services and its international agencies in that area of ​​Lisbon.

The installation in Portugal of the headquarters of Imamat Ismaili was established through an agreement, established in 2015, between the Portuguese State and Imamat Ismaili.

The Lisbon City Council and the Directorate-General for Cultural Heritage approved the acquisition by not exercising the preemptive right in the business.

The building, from 1904, was designed by Nicola Bigaglia, an architect, watercolorist and Venetian modeler who settled in Portugal, and owes its name to the first owner, jeweler José Pinto Leitão.

Through the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), Imamat Ismaili is responsible for social and cultural development projects around the world, with the global objective of improving the quality of life of the population.

Ismailis are a shia community of more than 15 million people, ethnic and linguistically diverse, residing in several countries around the world.

In Europe, Portugal registers one of the largest concentrations of Ismaili Muslims with a community of 10,000 people.

Inamat is the institution or office of the Muslim imam shia ismaili.

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The Ismaili Imamat acquires the Palacete Leitão in Lisbon

The Ismaili Imamat has acquired the Palacete Leitão located on Rua Marquês da Fronteira in Lisbon. The site is adjacent to the existing Palacete Henrique Mendonça, which on 11 July 2018, was designated by Mawlana Hazar Imam as the Seat of the Ismaili Imamat.

The transfer was concluded on 8 October 2020, with the Diplomatic Representative of the Ismaili Imamat to the Portuguese Republic, Nazim Ahmad, signing the deed on behalf of the Ismaili Imamat. This acquisition had the support of the Portuguese national and municipal authorities.

The newly acquired Leitão Palace will undergo restoration and rehabilitation works before it is ready for its intended use as an administrative centre by the Seat of the Ismaili Imamat’s secretariat and senior staff. The Palace takes its name from its first owner José Pinto Leitão, and was designed by Nicola Bigaglia, a Venetian architect, artist and modeller who settled in Portugal before returning to Venice.

On 3 June 2015, the Ismaili Imamat and the Republic of Portugal signed a landmark agreement which enabled the establishment of a formal Seat of the Ismaili Imamat in Portugal, marking a historic milestone. The establishment of a Seat reflects a longstanding relationship between the Ismaili Imamat and the Government of Portugal.

The Seat establishes a global headquarters in Lisbon for all dimensions of its activities, including those concerned with the affairs of the Ismaili community, international engagement and the Imamat’s commitment to improving the quality of life. This newly acquired addition not only enhances this institutional and global capacity, but reaffirms the Ismaili Imamat’s commitment to both Portugal and the city of Lisbon.

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The Ismaili Imamat

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The Ismaili Imamat is a supra-national entity representing the succession of Imams since the time of the Prophet.

Today, the Ismailis are the only Shia community, who throughout their history have been led by a living hereditary Imam, in direct descent from the Prophet.

His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan became Imam of the Shia Imami Ismaili Muslims on 11th July, 1957 at the age of 20, succeeding his grandfather, Sir Sultan Mahomed Shah Aga Khan.

He is the 49th hereditary Imam of the Shia Imami Ismaili Muslims and a direct descendant of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) through his cousin and son-in-law, Ali, the first Imam, and his wife Fatima, the Prophet’s daughter.

The role of the Ismaili Imam is a spiritual one; that of religious interpretation. But faith in Islam is also a force that deepens our concern for our worldly habitat, embracing its challenges and improving the quality of human life.

Since acceding to the Imamat, Prince Karim Aga Khan, like his grandfather, has focused on efforts concerning the well-being of the Ismaili community, the wider Muslim Community, and the people amongst whom they live.

The Aga Khan’s work is underpinned by an emphasis on Islam as a spiritual faith which cherishes the role of the intellect, teaches compassion and tolerance, and upholds the dignity of humankind.

The Ismaili belief in the transformative power of the human intellect underscores the Imamat’s substantial commitment to education wherever the community lives; education not only for faith but also education for the world, at all levels from early childhood to tertiary.

More than his grandfather, the Aga Khan IV has had to deal with multiple governments, each with its own aspirations. Adaptation to change, at an ever faster pace, has been a consistent feature of the period since 1957.

It is because of rapid changes in the local and national circumstances in which the Ismaili community has lived since 1957, that Prince Karim Aga Khan has avoided his direct personal involvement with international agencies and has replaced the direct personal roles that were held in the past by his grandfather and other members of his family by new relationships between these agencies and apex entities of the Ismaili Imamat.

His Highness has, thus, preserved and upheld traditional political neutrality of his office. The Ismaili Imamat is completely above, and independent of, politics and political allegiances.

The Imamat has, however, either directly or through the instrumentality of AKDN, developed close structured relationships with individual countries, regions and international organisations, through formal diplomatic Protocols and Agreements of Cooperation, which provide an enabling framework for the Imamat and its development agencies and which accord diplomatic status to the Imamat and its representatives and missions.

Most notably, in November 2015, the Republic of Portugal and the Ismaili Imamat signed a landmark agreement which had two significant outcomes.

At the invitation of the Portuguese Government, the Imam of the Shia Imami Ismaili Muslims established the Seat (global headquarters) of the Ismaili Imamat in Lisbon. The treaty, which was unanimously passed in the Portuguese parliament, recognises the Ismaili Imamat by the Portuguese Republic as an international entity endowed with the legal personality and capacity to act in national and international relations.

In Ismaili tradition, the notion of the Seat of the Imamat corresponds to the Imam’s physical presence. Depending on the requirements of the Imamat and the Ismaili community, it is the Imam’s prerogative formally to designate a Seat in one or more locations.

At a ceremony on 11 July 2018, marking the conclusion of his Diamond Jubilee year, His Highness the Aga Khan officially designated the premises located at Rua Marquês de Fronteira in Lisbon — the Henrique de Mendonça Palace — as the Seat of the Ismaili Imamat, and declared that it be known as the "Diwan of the Ismaili Imamat.

" The occasion was also marked by the launch of the official website of the Ismaili Imamat: https://Ismaili.Imamat.

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Mawlana Hazar Imam met with His Excellency Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, President of Portugal, in Lisbon on 4 February 2022.

During their meeting, Hazar Imam and President Marcelo spoke about several matters of mutual interest, including the presence and activities of the Ismaili Imamat and the Aga Khan Development Network in Portugal, Portuguese-speaking countries, and around the world.

Mawlana Hazar Imam was joined at the meeting by Princess Zahra and her daughter Miss Sara Boyden.

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Mawlana Hazar Imam and the President of the Portuguese Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa. Photo: Fernando Costa / IPL

Mawlana Hazar Imam and President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa were joined at their meeting in Lisbon by Princess Zahra and Miss Sara Boyden. Photo: Fernando Costa / IPL

President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa speaks with Princess Zahra, as Miss Sara Boyden and Nazim Ahmad, Diplomatic Representative of the Ismaili Imamat in Portugal, look on. Photo: Fernando Costa / IPL

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Portugal Is Home to the Aga Khan Community

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Aga Khan, the leader of the Ismaili branch of Shiite Islam, moved the Aga Khan Foundation’s branch from Aiglemont, France to Lisbon in 2015. This location shift has attracted other Ismaili/Khoja people from all around the world and they started to raise interest in Portugal. As a result, Lisbon has become the place where the Ismaili community visits often.

In this article, we’re going to explain how Lisbon has transformed into a place where this community has built a natural bond and how you can also plan your move to Lisbon.

This article will cover the following:

- The Ismailis Community’s Movement to Portugal
- Benefits of moving to Portugal
- Portugal Golden Visa
- Benefits of Golden Visa Portugal

The Ismailis Community’s Movement to Portugal

As mentioned above, in 2015, the leader of the Ismaili branch of Shiite Islam, Aga Khan moved the Ismaili Imamate’s Secretariat from Aiglemont, France to Lisbon. To introduce the community briefly; The Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) was established in 1967. Since then, it aims to bring together human, financial, and technical resources for the challenges that the poorest and most marginalized communities face in the world. It specifically deals with investing in human potential, expanding opportunity, and improving the overall quality of life.

Considering the numbers of the Ismailis community, the movement has had great effects on Portugal. It appears that Portugal is the new “home” for the Imamate of Aga Khan. The Ismailis live in more than 25 different countries. They live mainly in the Middle East, Africa, Central and South Asia, Europe, North America, and Australia.

The movement of the Secretariat also means that cooperation between Portugal and the Ismaili Imamat will improve people’s quality of life both within Portugal and anywhere around the world. The president’s and Aga Khan’s speeches support this as well. When Aga Khan visited Portugal in 2016, Portugal’s President de Sousa stated that “What really brings us together is a joint commitment to defend and apply the principles and values that honor the ethical importance of human life, pluralism of societies, and respect for the dignity of human beings.” In a response to this, Aga Khan also stated that “The values of your civil society are the same values that we defend. We have therefore great commonality in the work we do, not only here in Europe, but in Africa, Asia, and elsewhere.”

Eurico Brilhante Dias, who is Portugal’s secretary of state for internationalization also agrees with the interest from the Middle East countries. “We have people living in the UAE but also in Pakistan and India, and other countries in this region interested. China and the Middle East in particular.”

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Benefits of Moving to Portugal

Tax Reliefs
One other reason why people from the Ismailis community prefer to live in Portugal is the tax relief. As opposed to heavy tax burdens in the Middle East such as India and Pakistan, Portugal offers many tax breaks for expats. For expat homeowners, there is no taxation on wealth tax, inheritance tax, or gift tax.

Portugal has also signed a Double Taxation Agreement (DTA) with more than 60 countries. Algeria, United Arab Emirates, India, Israel, Kuwait, Morocco, Pakistan, Qatar, Tunisia, and Turkey are among them. You can benefit from the agreement at both individual and corporate levels. Basically, if you pay taxes for your foreign income in your country of origin, then you won’t pay the same tax in Portugal. However, you need to prove to the Portuguese authorities that you are already paying taxes in the other country.

Another important tax regime is the Non-Habitual Residency (NHR) program. This is a bit different from the DTA. Firstly, you benefit from NHR for a duration of ten years. Through NHR, you can be exempt from taxation on most of your foreign income. Also, you will only pay a 10% tax rate for your foreign pension income. Along with this, you will be subject to a flat rate of 20% tax rate on your Portuguese income. This is a huge relief for foreigners. The reason is that normally, residents pay a rate of up to 48%.

Low Cost of Living

The cost of living in Lisbon is relatively lower when compared to other Western European capitals. Expats can easily find Lisbon apartments for rent at affordable prices, access fresh and cheap food, and benefit from low prices for daily expenses. Restaurants, bars, and cafes are cheap too which allows you to dine out without worrying about the bill. This is a huge motivation for expats and families who dream of living in Lisbon.

For those who want to live in a more secluded area, life gets cheaper. There are a lot of beachfront villas or farmhouses at affordable prices. This affordability is one of the reasons why many people prefer to invest in Portugal and start a new life there.


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Getting Residency and Citizenship
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Other Routes
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Donation to preserve national heritage in Portugal – €250,000
Donation to a research and development activity in Portugal – €500,000

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Benefits of Golden Visa for non-EU citizens
Portugal Golden Visa provides many benefits to its holders. These benefits include but are not limited to:

Increased mobility within the Schengen zone with your Portugal residence permit
Living and working in Portugal without any restrictions
Being able to seek citizenship only after five years
Another advantage of Portugal Golden Visa is that you don’t have to live in the country to be able to maintain your residency status. Only by staying in the country for a minimum of seven days every year on average, you can hold your Golden Visa and still become eligible for citizenship.

This feature is highly favored by investors who have business interests outside Portugal and can’t plan a full relocation to the country. Thanks to the low stay requirements, they can still keep their Golden Visas and apply for citizenship after five years. If they choose to invest in real estate, they can choose to work with a proper management company in Lisbon and rent out their property for side income.

What Else You Need To Know
Lisbon, Portugal has is startup ecosystem and is home to many tech companies. There has been a variety of projects in the digital sector. Furthermore, several big companies have opened their Portuguese branch in Lisbon. One of the companies is Qualitest (a large services provider of QA and testing solutions). Also, Oracle established an internet data center in Lisbon, and Amazon Web Services opened a new CloudFront location in 2019. While Huawei opened a network optimization center in Lisbon, Xing established an R&D center in Matosinhos. All these improvements motivate investors from the Middle East who want to expand their business.

If you also want to move to Lisbon, Portugal, you’re on the right track. Portugal is a great country that offers great opportunities both for yourself and your family. Please feel free to contact us for any questions you might have regarding your investment in Portugal.

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