Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani

Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani,

1952–, emir of Qatar (1995–2013). The son of Emir Khalifa bin Hamad al-ThaniKhalifa bin Hamad al-Thani,
1932–2016, emir of Qatar (1972–95). Khalifa was the son of Hamad bin Abdullah al-Thani, the second emir's heir apparent, but Hamad died (1948) before the emir.
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, 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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 in 2013, but remained a powerful figure behind the scenes.
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His Highness the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani and His Highness the Father Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani participated in Ardha (traditional sword dance), which was held at Emiri Diwan grounds to celebrate Qatar National Day.
HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, and HH the Emir Father Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, participated in Qatar's Arda (traditional sword dance), which was held in Emiri Diwan Yard, to celebrate Qatar National Day.
The Qatari official conveyed to His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah a verbal message from Qatari Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani regarding bilateral relations and current developments in the region.
She has seven children with the Sheikh Hamad, according to the Unofficial Royalty: * Sheikh Jasim bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani * Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, Emir of Qatar * Sheikha Al-Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani * Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani * Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani * Sheikh Khalifa bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani * Sheikha Hind bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani.
26 (BNA): His Royal Highness Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa this evening arrived in Qatar to offer condolences to HH Sheikh Tammim bin Hamad Al-Thani, the Emir of Qatar, and HH Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani on the passing of HH Emir Sheikh Khalifa bin Hamad Al-Thani.
Prime Minister Mohammad Nawaz Sharif and Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani witnessed the signing ceremony held in Doha on Wednesday.
Shaikh Jassem bin Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani (born in 1978) - crown prince until 2003.
This came when Emir of Qatar received Sayyid Haitham at the Emiri Diwan in Doha today in the presence of Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani.
During the meeting, which was attended by Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, the King wished the new emir good luck and success in leading Qatar and the Qatari people to greater progress and prosperity.
Jeddah, Sha'ban 17, 1434, Jun 26, 2013, SPA -- The Crown Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Deputy Premier and Minister of Defense today made a telephone call to Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani.
Summary: Doha: The Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, is expected to meet members .
Summary: TEHRAN (FNA)- Qatari Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani underlined his country's resolve to further bolster relations with Iran in all fields, and said the two countries can take "effective steps" on regional matters based on common views.