Abdullah bin Khalifa Al Thani

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Abdullah bin Khalifa Al Thani
3rd Prime Minister of Qatar
In office
29 October 1996 – 3 April 2007
MonarchHamad bin Khalifa
DeputyHamad bin Jassim
Preceded byHamad bin Khalifa
Succeeded byHamad bin Jassim
Personal details
Born (1958-02-11) 11 February 1958 (age 61)
Doha, Qatar
ParentsKhalifa bin Hamad Al Thani
Rudha bint Jassim Al Thani

Abdullah bin Khalifa Al Thani (عبد الله بن خليفة آل ثاني) (born 1958, Doha) was Prime Minister of Qatar from 29 October 1996 to 3 April 2007. He served as an advisor to the Emir and often represented him at ceremonial events and receptions.

Early years and education[edit]

Abdullah Al Thani is the eldest son of the former and 8th Emir of Qatar, Khalifa bin Hamad Al Thani, and his third wife, Sheikha Rudha bint Jassim bin Jabr Al Thani. He is the 3rd son of his father. Sheikh Abdullah is the younger half-brother of Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, the former Emir of Qatar.

Sheikh Abdullah received his school education in Qatar, earned his secondary school certificate in 1975, and graduated from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in December 1976.


After graduation Sheikh Abdullah joined the armed forces of Qatar and held many senior military posts up to 1989 when he was appointed assistant commander-in-Chief of the armed forces, in the rank of lieutenant colonel. In 1979 Abdullah was appointed chairman of Qatar Olympic committee, and held this post until 1989.

On 17 July 1989, he was named minister of the interior. In addition to this post on 11 July 1995 he became deputy prime minister. On 29 October 1996, he was appointed prime minister and continued to assume his interior portfolio until 2 January 2001. On 3 April 2007, he resigned and was replaced by then foreign minister Hamad bin Jassem bin Jabr Al Thani as prime minister.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Abdullah has six sons: Hamad, Suhaim, Tamim, Fahad, Mohammad and Khalifa. He speaks English and French fluently.

Abdullah owns several racehorses and as of 2012 he won EUR 2,070,043.78 prize money.[2]


  1. ^ "Qatar’s emir appoints new PM" Archived 13 October 2008 at the Wayback Machine, Middle East Online, 3 April 2007.
  2. ^ "Arabian horse owners". IFAHR. Retrieved 27 June 2013.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Hamad bin Khalifa
Prime Minister of Qatar
Succeeded by
Hamad bin Jassim Al Thani
Preceded by
New Title
Minister of Interior of Qatar
Succeeded by
Abdullah bin Khalid Al Thani