Mozah bint Nasser Al Missned

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Mozah bint Nasser Al Missned
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Sheikha Mozah speaking at the Third Global Forum of the UN Alliance of Civilizations in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2010)
Consort to the Emir of Qatar
Tenure 1977 – 25 June 2013
Spouse Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani
Issue Jassim bin Hamad
Tamim bin Hamad
Al Mayassa bint Hamad
Joaan bin Hamad
Mohammed bin Hamad
Khalifa bin Hamad
Hind bint Hamad
House House of Thani (by marriage)
Father Nasser bin Abdullah Al Missned
Born Al Khor, Qatar
Religion Sunni Islam
Monarchical styles of
Sheikha Mozah
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Reference style Her Highness
Spoken style Your Highness
Alternative style Ma'am

Mozah bint Nasser Al Missned, DBE (Arabic: موزا بنت ناصر المسند‎), born 8 August 1959 in Al-Khor (Qatar), the daughter of Nasser bin Abdullah Al Missned is the second of the three wives of Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, former Emir of the State of Qatar.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Sheikha Mozah is the daughter of Nasser bin Abdullah Al Missned (died in 2007), who was an opponent of Sheikh Khalifa bin Hamad bin Abdallah Al Thani, father of the former Emir. She married the Emir (at the time Heir Apparent) in 1977 at the age of 18, while she was attending Qatar University. She received her BA degree in Sociology from there in 1986.

Career[edit]

Sheikha Mozah with her husband at the White House in Washington, D.C.. From left to right: Sheikha Mozah, Michelle Obama, the US First Lady, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, and Barack Obama, the US President.

Sheikha Mozah is chairperson of the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development since 1995, chairperson of Silatech since 2008, chairperson of the Arab Democracy Foundation, and president of the Supreme Council for Family Affairs since 1998.[2] She has been vice-president of the Supreme Education Council since 2002 and was UNESCO's Special Envoy for Basic and Higher Education in 2003.[3] Currently, she serves as a member of the Board of Overseers for Weill Cornell Medical College. Besides this, she is chair of Sidra Medical and Research Center in Doha and the organisation "Your Link".

Unlike many other monarchical wives in the Middle East, Sheikha Mozah has been a high-profile figure in her nation's politics and society, actively involved in Qatar's government. She was a driving force behind Education City and Al Jazeera Children's Channel. Additionally, she has been named as one of Forbes' 100 Most Powerful Women at #75.[4]

As the public consort of the emir, she has represented Qatar alongside her husband and on her own at many international events, including state visits and royal weddings.[5] She has become known for her personal style, customising haute couture designs to fit Qatari modesty rules.[6]

Titles, styles, and honours[edit]

Titles and styles[edit]

  • Mozah bint Nasser Al Missned (Birth–1977)
  • Her Highness Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser Al Missned (1977–present/Now)

Honours[edit]

Children[edit]

Five sons and two daughters:

References[edit]

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