List of emirs of Qatar
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This is a list of emirs of Qatar. The emirs of Qatar are members of the Al-Thani dynasty and the state of Qatar was founded in 1850 by Muhammad bin Thani. The house of Al-Thani originate from the Banu Tamim; one of the largest tribes in the Arabian Peninsula.
Emirs of Qatar (1850–present)
|Sheikh Mohammed bin Thani||1850||18 December 1878||Died in office|
|Sheikh Jassim bin Mohammed Al Thani||1878||17 July 1913||Died in office|
|Sheikh Abdullah bin Jassim Al Thani||17 July 1913||20 August 1949||Abdicated; died on 25 April 1957|
|Sheikh Ali bin Abdullah Al Thani||20 August 1949||24 October 1960||Abdicated; died on 31 August 1974|
|Sheikh Ahmad bin Ali Al Thani||24 October 1960||22 February 1972||Deposed by his cousin Khalifa; died on 25 November 1977|
|Sheikh Khalifa bin Hamad Al Thani||22 February 1972||27 June 1995||Deposed by his son Hamad; alive|
|Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani||27 June 1995||25 June 2013||Abdicated; alive|
|Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani||25 June 2013||Present|
The former Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani (Arabic: الشيخ حمد بن خليفة آل ثاني), appointed his fourth son, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani (Arabic: الشيخ تميم بن حمد آل ثاني), as heir apparent on 8 August 2003, after his older son Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad Al-Thani (who held the position between 1996 and 2003) renounced his rights to the throne in favour of Sheikh Tamim.