Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamid Al-Thani
Emir of Qatar
Qatar’s Emir is Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani. He is the fourth son of Hamad bin Khalifa, the previous Emir. Since his father abdicated the throne in 2013, he has become the king of Qatar. Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani’s abdication in June 2013 resulted in his son, Shaikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, becoming Emir of Qatar at the age of 33. Sheikh Tamim, the Emir of Qatar, was named #1 on a list of the 500 Most Influential Muslims in 2022.
Qatar is the world’s wealthiest country, with a population of 2.881 million people and the greatest GDP per capita. Qatar is the world’s leading exporter of liquefied natural gas and possesses the world’s third-largest natural gas reserves.
Sheikh Tamim is Sheikh Hammad’s fourth son, and he was named Crown Prince in August 2003. Moza bint Nasser, his mother, is a notable campaigner for social and educational problems.
From 2003 through 2013, Sheikh Tamim was a deputy commander of the armed forces. He attended a private school in the United Kingdom for his education. In addition, in 1998, he received his diploma from the Royal Military Academy in Sandhurst, Buckinghamshire, England. He successfully oversaw the bid for the FIFA World Cup in 2022.
Sheikh Tamim inherited these issues, which include improving relations with neighbouring nations, particularly the Gulf states, as well as defending Qatar’s image concerning the treatment of labourers in the country.
Major Gulf governments, notably Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Egypt, slapped trade and travel sanctions on Qatar in June 2017 and severed all ties with the country. Various charges that Qatar had broken a 2014 Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) agreement prompted these drastic measures. Qatar is also accused of sponsoring terrorism by the GCC while having a strong relationship with Iran. Another factor in the tight relationship with GCC nations was the Al-Jazeera TV network.
Qatar is home to the largest American military station in the Middle East, and the embargo is exacerbated by the fact that all of the nations involved were strong US allies. The 43-month ban, however, was removed in January 2021.
Emir Sheikh Qatar has strong international contacts and has been instrumental in achieving peace. In Doha, he brokered discussions between the Taliban and the US administration. Furthermore, he has taken a firm stance of proactive involvement with regional neighbours through conversation.
Qatar becomes the first Arab country to host the FIFA World Cup in 2022 under his rule. Qatar is investing more than $200 billion on infrastructure projects, including the construction of twelve stadiums, a transportation system capable of accommodating 400,000 football spectators, and a new port. The Qatari government has come under fire for enacting new labour reforms, such as a minimum wage and the elimination of the kafala system.