The Emir of Qatar: Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani (42).
In the mid-18th century, Bedouins moved to what is now Qatar. One of these Bedouin tribes was the al-Thani clan. They settled in the settlement of al-Bidda. This later developed into Doha, today’s capital of Qatar. The then head of the family, Sheikh Muhammad al-Thani, became the strongest force and thus the founder of the ruling family of Qatar, the al-Thani dynasty, which still reigns today.
The man ruling the country today is Emir Tamim Bin Hamad al-Thani (42). He has three wives and twelve children. In 2013, at just 33 years old, he took power in Qatar from his father Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani (70). Thanks to the wealth from the coveted resources of oil and gas, he laid the foundation for modern Qatar.
Sheikh Tamim has also greatly expanded the influence of the small peninsula. Raised in Britain, he attended the famous Sandhurst Military Academy. He then took on various tasks in the emirate: among other things, he was deputy chief of the army and president of the National Olympic Committee. That’s how sports enthusiast Tamim brought the World Cup to Qatar.
The al-Thanis occupy the most important posts in politics and business. The extended clan of the family includes at least 20,000 people. Despite his moderate demeanor, the emir is considered a controversial ruler. For example, he is said to have connections to the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood.
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