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Sheikh Tamim to take over as Emir of Qatar

Sheikh Tamim to take over as Emir of Qatar

In a path-breaking move for not just the GCC, but the entire Arab world, HH Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani has announced his plan to transfer power to his son Sheikh Tamim.

UPDATES

  • Tuesday, 25 June, has been declared a National holiday with the Emir announcing his decision to step down
  • The Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani will address Qatari citizens tomorrow morning. the speech will be broadcasted on QTV at 8am.

HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim will be the youngest ruler in the region, but has already been in the helm of state affairs for close to a decade. Read the full report by Al Jazeera here.

The only precedent in recent history is when Sheikh Ali bin Abdallah Al Thani abdicated in favour of his son Sheikh Ahmed bin Abdullah in 1960.

Born on June 3, 1980,  Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani is the son of HH Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani and his wife, Sheikha Moza bint Nasser.

Educated in England at Harrow and Sherborne School and subsequently after graduating from Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in 1998, he was commissioned as a second lieutenant of the Qatar Armed Forces. Five years later in 2003, he was appointed the Heir Apparent of Qatar, when his brother Sheikh Jassim decided to step down.

Sheikh Tamim is actively involved in overseeing all affairs of the State of Qatar.

The General Secretariat for Development Planning report directly to Sheikh Tamim. The GSDP is the main driver of the Qatar National Vision 2030.

At the helm

He is Chairman of various organisations including the Supreme Council for the Environment and Natural Reserves, Supreme Education Council and the Supreme Council of Information and Communication Technology.

He is also on the Board of Directors of Public Works Authority and the Urban Planning & Development Authority and is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Qatar Investment Authority along with being on the Board of Regents of Qatar University.

In addition, he is President of Qatar National Olympic Committee, Deputy Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Deputy Chairman of the Ruling Family Council, Vice President of the Supreme Council for Economic Affairs and Investment, Deputy Chairman of the High Committee for Coordination and Follow Up and a member of the International Olympic Committee.

In the past, he was Chairman of the Doha Asian Games Organising Committee – Doha in 2006.

A beloved leader

Sheikh Hamad who came to power in 1995, after overthrowing his father in a bloodless coup, has spearheaded the development process in the country over the last 18 years.

During his rule, his interests have gone beyond nation building, playing an active role in the development of the Arab world.

Born in Doha in 1952, Sheikh Hamad attended primary and secondary schools in Qatar. He then went to Sandhurst where he graduated from the Royal Military Academy in July 1971. Later joined the Qatari Armed Forces as Lieutenant Colonel and was appointed Commander of the first mobile Regiment, now called Hamad Mobile Regiment. He was promoted to the rank of Major General, then Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces.

On 31 May 1977 Sheikh Hamad was appointed Heir Apparent and Minister of Defense and on 27 June, 1995 acceded to power as the Emir of Qatar.

His leadership has brought several notable achievements to the country’s steady growth – from the development of a world-class oil and gas infrastructure to the creation of Al Jazeera Network, to the winning of Qatar’s bid to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

Here’s a look at the current rulers of the GCC countries:

Country Ruler Age History
Qatar Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani 33 Sheikh Tamim was designated the Heir Apparent in 2003, and on ** June 2013 took over as the Emir of Qatar, in a planned and pathbreaking transfer of power.
Bahrain King Hamad bin Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa 63 King Hamad has served as the ruled since 6 March 1999, and took over on the death of his father Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa.He was designated as Heir Apparent by his father on 27 June 1964.
Kuwait Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah 84 Sheikh Sabah was sworn in as the Emir in January 2006, after internal power struggle.
Oman Sultan Qaboos bin Said Al Said 72 Sultan Qaboos rose to power after overthrowing his father Said bin Taimur in 1970.
Saudi Arabia King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz bin Abdulrahman bin Faisal bin Turki bin Abdullah bin Muhammad bin Saud 88 King Abdullah ascended to the throne on 1 August 2005 upon the death of his half-brother, King Fahd.
UAE (President) Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan 65 Sheikh Khalifa is the President of UAE. He succeeded to the position of Emir of Abu Dhabi on his father, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan’s death, and he became President of the UAE the following day, 3 November 2004.

 

The Al-Thani Family: Genealogical Table Courtesy: The Creation of Qatar - By Rosemarie Said Zahlan

The Al-Thani Family: Genealogical Table
Source: The Creation of Qatar – By Rosemarie Said Zahlan; Edited to reflect recent changes.

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