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in the Islamic world
1. an independent ruler or chieftain
2. a military commander or governor
3. a descendant of Mohammed



in the countries of the Orient, a title for Muslim rulers equivalent to the title of prince. Until the adoption of Islam in the seventh century, the title emir was applied to military leaders; it was later used for Muslim rulers with secular and religious power, such as the emir of Bukhara and the emir of Afghanistan. The title is given to the sons of Arab monarchs in certain countries, including Saudi Arabia. The leaders of large groups of pilgrims to Mecca are also called emirs.

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Emir revealed: "I loved being Miss Ireland and I hope I broke the mould of what people think a beauty queen is supposed to be.
Emir said: "The car is in a garage and I have not been driving it.
The Emir will be accompanied by a highlevel delegation including Cabinet Ministers, Chairman of Qatar Airways and senior government officials.
HH the Emir further said that he has issued directives to the Prime Minister to prepare plans with a practical timetable to solve issues related to warehouses, logistical areas, economic zones, industrialization plan, licensing the required factories for the State, alongside a list of unwanted industries - unless there is an exception, resolving workers' housing issues, developing a plan to meet the need for land plots in the State and a plan for promoting economic and trade sectors, activating the financial and stock markets, launching the first agricultural and food group, and developing a strategy for tourism with an illustration of tourism projects that will be completed during the next two years.
The President of the Republic reassured the Emir that even after the end of his term of office, he will continue to struggle for the achievement of a solution to the Cyprus problem, since the reunification of Cyprus and its people is a lifelong goal.
The emir earlier Tuesday held talks with Cameron and the pair pledged to "build a new and dynamic partnership for the future," in a joint statement issued by the British government after the meeting.
Until then, he used to be advisor to the emir, a post he got in 1992.
Emir said her boyfriend, businessman James Duffy, will be a fantastic father.
In an interview with this week's Irish Mirror, Emir revealed that her little brother had confessed that he fancied Miss Belfast, Orlaith McAllister.
The gathering was also addressed by provincial minister for finance Muzafar Syed, Dir Lower nazim Haji Muhammad Rasool Khan, JI Timergara emir Malik Sher Bahadar, tehsil nazim Munda Humayun Khan and Majidullah.
HH the Emir and the accompanying delegation were welcomed upon arrival at King Abdulaziz International Airport by HRH the Governor of Makkah Region and Adviser to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Prince Khalid al Faisal, the Minister of State, Member of the Council of Ministers and Acting Minister of Housing Dr Essam bin Said, Qatar's Ambassador to Saudi Arabia HE Sheikh Abdullah bin Thamer al Thani and staff of the Qatari Embassy.
It is still relatively easy for the emir to dissolve the National Assembly by decree, as he did on June 16, 2013, immediately after a Constitutional Court ruling annulled the results of the December 2012 elections.