Al-Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani

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Al-Mayassa bint Hamad Al-Thani
Spouse Jassim bin Abdul Aziz Al-Thani
House House of Thani
Father Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani
Mother Mozah bint Nasser Al Missned
Religion Islam
Monarchical styles of
Sheikha Al-Mayassa
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Reference style Her Excellency
Spoken style Your Excellency
Alternative style Ma'am

Sheikha Al-Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani (born 1983) is the 14th child of Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, the former Emir of Qatar, and the eldest daughter of the Emir with his second wife, Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser Al-Missned. She has been described as “the art world’s most powerful woman”.[1]

Education and career[edit]

Sheikha Al-Mayassa graduated with a B.A. degree in Political Science and Literature from Duke University (Durham, North Carolina, USA) in 2005.[2] While at Duke, she was Vice President of the International Association, Vice President of Hiwar (an organization to promote political dialogue),[citation needed] and a delegate to the 2001-2002 Model United Nations.

During the 2003-2004 school year, she studied at the University of Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne, and the Institut d'Études Politiques de Paris (known as Sciences Po).

Upon graduation, Sheikha al-Mayassa established the NGO Reach Out To Asia. This organization is a philanthropic effort inspired by the desire to help the victims of recent natural disasters in Asia by providing quality education; it also celebrated the occasion of the 2006 Asian Games in Doha.

Chairperson of Qatar Museums Authority[edit]

She chairs the Qatar Museums Authority[1] and the Doha Film Institute[3] - two cultural bodies established to create cultural bridges and authentic narratives. By extending Qatar's art collection and inviting international art players in Doha, she embodies Qatar's cultural policy. In March 2012, The Economist described her as "Qatar's culture Queen".[4]

In 2014, she was named one of the most important women in the art world by Artnet.[5]

Marriage and children[edit]

Sheikha Al-Mayassa married Sheikh Jassim bin Abdul Aziz Al-Thani at Al-Wajbah Palace, Doha, on 6 January 2006. Sheikh Jassim is an elder son of Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin Jassim bin Hamad Al-Thani, making them first cousins. Together they have three sons:

  • Sheikh Mohammed
  • Sheikh Hamad
  • Sheikh Abdulaziz


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