His Highness Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani assumed his duties as Amir of the State of Qatar on 25th June 2013, following the announcement of His Highness The Father Amir, Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani’s decision to hand over his power to his Heir Apparent in an address to the Qatari people, and the pledge of allegiance to His Highness Sheikh Tamim as the new Amir.
His Highness Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani was born on 3rd June 1980 in Doha, Qatar, where he received his primary and lower secondary schooling. He then joined Sherborne School in the United Kingdom where he continued his secondary schooling and graduated in 1997.
His Highness the Amir pursued his higher education in the United Kingdom where he attended the Royal Military Academy of Sandhurst, graduating in 1998.
Upon graduation from Sandhurst, His Highness joined Qatar’s Armed Forces where his military and academic studies were combined with practical experience to enhance his leadership skills.
As Heir Apparent
His Highness’ strong leadership characteristics qualified him to be appointed as Heir Apparent on 5 August 2003. He was also appointed Deputy Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces. Since then, His Highness Tamim Bin Hamad has been working with His Highness the Father Amir to acquire the essence of his wisdom and experience in governance, as well as his deep knowledge of state affairs.
The Amir’s hobbies include Falconry and sports related to Qatari and Arab heritage.
In addition to the Arabic language, His Highness is fluent in both English and French.