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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.
The Emir His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al Thani and the Father Emir His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al Thani participated in the traditional Ardha (sword dance) at Emiri Diwan Yard on Monday to celebrate Qatar National Day.
During the visit, Sheikh Tamim was accompanied by Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa al Thani, Prime Minister and the Minister of Interior; Sheikh Jassim bin Khalifa bin Hamad al Thani, the Emir's personal representative; Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz al Thani, head of the Emiri Diwan; Sheikh Khalifa bin Hamad al Thani and Sheikh Thani bin Hamad bin Khalifa al Thani.
By: Egypt Today staff CAIRO --16 November 2017: Qatari opposition-linked twitter account "Qatar Leaks" published a video that previews scenes of the coup that was hatched by Qatari emir Hamad bin Khalifa to overthrow his father to get thw hole rgion vulnerable to his grip.
Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU), of Qatar Foundation and the Institut Pasteur have inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).
His Royal Highness Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa expressed his condolences to the Amir of Qatar, Shaikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, and his father Shaikh 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.
Doha, Muharram 25, 1438, Oct 26, 2016, SPA -- Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Second Deputy Premier and Minister of Defense, expressed condolences to Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani and Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Emir of Qatar, on the death of late Sheikh Khalifa bin Hamad Al Thani during the Deputy Crown Prince's visit to Qatar today.
King Salman was received by Emir of Qatar Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani and Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani.
Khartoum, 23 August (SUNA)- The Board of Directors of the University of Khartoum on Tuesday decided to bestow the Honorary Doctorate to the former Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani the Honorary Doctorate for his tireless efforts in peace realization in the Sudan.
KUWAIT, July 23 (KUNA) -- His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah received, at his residence in the city of Berchtesgaden, Qatari Father Amir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani and Sheikh Ju'an 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.