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Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani,

1952–, emir of Qatar (1995–2013). The son of Emir Khalifa bin Hamad al-Thani, Hamad is credited with having turned a country of desert nomads into a modern, industrialized nation. He graduated from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, England (1971), then joined Qatar's armed forces, rising to become commander in chief. He assumed a role in planning Qatar's economic and social policies in the 1980s, and was running the country's day-to-day affairs, including development of its oil and gas resources, by the 1990s. In 1995, while his father was abroad, Hamad deposed him in a bloodless coup. As emir, Hamad established the country's sovereign wealth fund, which has invested Qatar energy revenues in major businesses worldwide. He also helped underwrite the Al Jazeera news network, which is based in Qatar. He abdicated in favor of his son Tamim bin Hamad al-ThaniTamim bin Hamad al-Thani,
1980–, emir of Qatar (2013–). The fourth son of Emir Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, he became heir apparent when his older brother Jasmin renounced his claim to the throne in 2003.
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Qatar Amir Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Dubai Amir Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum, Oman Deputy Prime Minister Fahd bin Mahmoud al Said and Bahrain King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa have already arrived in Saudi capital city.
Manama, June 27 (BNA): His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa today sent a cable of congratulations to the Qatari Amir Shaikh Tamim bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani on his Accession Anniversary.
HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, and HH the Father Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani received yesterday evening at Al Wajbah Palace well-wishers including their excellencies sheikhs, ministers, the Speaker and Deputy Speaker of the Advisory Council, ministries' undersecretaries, members of the Advisory Council and citizens, on the occasion of the advent of the holy month of Ramadan.
Ahmad Hasnah, Executive Vice President and Provost, HBKU, said: "As part of Qatar Foundation's commitment to building human capacity, Hamad bin Khalifa University has a key role in establishing QF's cycle of education and research for the benefit of Qatar's community.
The audience was attended by Prince Mohammed bin Naif bin Abdulaziz, minister of interior; as well as Sheikh Abdullah bin Nassir Al Khalifa, Qatari Prime Minister and Interior Minister; Sheikh Jawan bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani; Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani; Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz Al Thani, director of Qatari Emir's Office, and Sheikh Abdullah bin Thamer bin Mohammed Al Thani, Qatari ambassador to the Kingdom.
The audience was also attended by Sheikh Abdullah bin Nassir Al Khalifa, Qatari Prime Minister and Interior Minister; Sheikh Jawan bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani; Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani; Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz Al Thani, Director of Qatari Emir's Office, and Sheikh Abdullah bin Thamer bin Mohammed Al Thani, Qatari ambassador to the Kingdom.
About 200 low-skilled workers commenced their eight-week training under Reach Out To Asia's (ROTA) 2013-2014 Adult English Literacy (RAEL) initiative at Hamad Bin Khalifa University in Doha.
KUWAIT, Oct 14 (KUNA) -- His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah exchanged on Monday Eid Al-Adha congratulations over the phone with King Hamad bin Essa Al Khalifa of Bahrain, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahayyan of the United Arab Emirates and Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani of Qatar.
Shaikh Jassem bin Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani (born in 1978) - crown prince until 2003.
His Highness General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, has conveyed the regards of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and the Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, to His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Emir of Qatar, on taking the reins of power in the State of Qatar.
Doha, June 27 (ONA) Assigned by His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said, Sayyid Haitham bin Tariq al-Said conveyed congratulations of His Majesty the Sultan to Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, Emir of the sisterly State of Qatar on the occasion of his assumption of the reins of power in Qatar.
Qatar's passion for sports was spearheaded by His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al Thani, who first envisaged developing Qatar into a sporting hub in 1979.