Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani

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Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani
حمد بن خليفة آل ثاني
Emir of Qatar
Reign 27 June 1995 – 25 June 2013
Predecessor Khalifa bin Hamad Al Thani
successor Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani
Prime Ministers
Prime Minister of Qatar
Reign 27 June 1995 – 29 October 1996
Predecessor Khalifa bin Hamad Al Thani
Successor Abdullah bin Khalifa Al Thani
Spouse Mariam bint Muhammad
Mozah bint Nasser
Noora bint Khalid
House House of Thani
Father Khalifa bin Hamad Al Thani
Mother Sheikha Al-Atiyyah
Born 1 January 1952 (1952-01-01) (age 62)
Doha, Qatar
Religion Sunni Islam

Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani (Arabic: الشيخ حمد بن خليفة آل ثاني, born 1 January 1952) is the former Emir of the State of Qatar. He was the Emir from 1995 to 2013.[1][2] Sheikh Hamad was the Heir Apparent of Qatar between 1977 and 1995. He was lso the Minister of Defense at that time.[3] In the early 1980s, he led the Supreme Planning Council. It sets the economic and social policies for Qatar. In 1992, Hamad worked more on the day-to-day running of the country.[4] This included the development of Qatar's oil and natural gas resources. On 27 June 1995, He took control of the country from his father in a palace coup. Sheikh Hamad was crowned on 20 June 2000.[4] The Emir is famous for helping to create the first Arab international news network, Al Jazeera, when he gave a loan of QAR 500 million ($137 million) to keep Al Jazeera running for its first five years. In late 2012 and early 2013, it was said that the Emir gave money and items to terrorist groups such as Hamas,[5] Ansar Dine,[6] and the Al-Nusra Front.[7]

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  1. Windfuhr, Volkhard; Zand, Bernhard (29 March 2009). "SPIEGEL Interview with the Emir of Qatar – 'We Are Coming to Invest'". Spiegel.de (Der Spiegel). http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/0,1518,616130,00.html. Retrieved 2012-03-02.
  2. Cohen, Noam (1 January 2009). "Al Jazeera provides an inside look at Gaza conflict". http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/11/technology/11iht-jazeera.4.19256575.html. Retrieved 2012-03-02.
  3. "Sheikh Hamad's Biography". Amiri Diwan (State of Qatar). http://www.diwan.gov.qa/english/the_amir/the_amir_cv.htm. Retrieved 2013-03-06.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Harman, Danna (5 March 2007). "Backstory: The royal couple that put Qatar on the map". Christian Science Monitor. http://www.csmonitor.com/2007/0305/p20s01-wome.html/%28page%29/2. Retrieved 10 November 2010. "He was of a new generation, open to the sorts of social, technological, economic, and political ideas from outside that his elders had never known. And, surrounding himself with young, Western-educated advisers, the new emir got right down to the business of remaking the national agenda of this traditional Wahhabi land.".
  5. October 23, 2012 11:03 pm, Qatar emir in landmark trip to Gaza, By Simeon Kerr in Dubai and Vita Bekker in Jerusalem, http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/0d0bb8de-1cf5-11e2-a17f-00144feabdc0.html#axzz2MxwMs81t
  6. Is Qatar fuelling the crisis in north Mali? , France 24, Latest update: 23/01/2013 , http://www.france24.com/en/20130121-qatar-mali-france-ansar-dine-mnla-al-qaeda-sunni-islam-doha
  7. Editorial, Al Qaeda in Syria, December 10, 2012, http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/11/opinion/al-qaeda-in-syria.html?_r=0

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