Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani

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Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani
Prime Minister of Qatar
Assumed office
26 June 2013
Monarch Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani
Deputy Ahmad bin Abdullah Al Mahmoud
Preceded by Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani
Minister of the Interior
Assumed office
26 June 2013
Preceded by Abdullah bin Khalid Al Thani
Minister of State for Interior Affairs
In office
15 February 2005 – 26 June 2013
Prime Minister Hamad bin Jassim Al Thani
Preceded by Position established
Succeeded by Position abolished
Personal details
Born 1965 (age 49–50)
Political party Independent
Alma mater Durham Military Academy
Beirut Arab University

Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani (born 1965) (Arabic: سعادة الشيخ عبدالله بن ناصر بن خليفة آل ثاني‎) is a Qatari politician who has been Prime Minister of Qatar since 26 June 2013. A member of the ruling family, he was Minister of State for Internal Affairs from 2005 to 2013.

Early life and education[edit]

Sheikh Abdullah is a distant relative of the former Emir Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani; he is the son of Sheikh Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani. According to royal ark web site, Sheikh Abdullah is the great–grandson of Ahmed bin Muhammed Al Thani,[1] thus share the same ancestor, Mohammed bin Thani, with Emir Hamad; Abdullah is third cousin of Emir Hamad.

Sheikh Abdullah graduated from Durham Military College, United Kingdom, in 1984 and received a bachelor’s degree in police sciences.[2][3] In 1995, he also graduated from Beirut Arab University, receiving a bachelor's degree in legislation.[3][4]


Al Thani joined the Qatari military[3] and was appointed as patrols officer at rescue police section in 1985.[5] In 1989, he was appointed as security officer for stadiums at capital security section. Then he became assistant commander for support brigade at emergency police section. He was appointed as commander for special operations brigade at special security force department and as commander for special unit at special security force department. On 28 December 2001, he was named as assistant director for special security force department for operations affairs. In September 2004, he was promoted to the rank of brigadier general.[3]

After serving in different posts at the body, on 15 February 2005, he was appointed Minister of State for Interior Affairs.[3][6] He was named as Prime Minister on 26 June 2013 in a cabinet reshuffle, replacing Hamad bin Jassim Al Thani in the post.[7] He was also named as Minister of the Interior in the same cabinet reshuffle, succeeding Abdullah bin Khalid Al Thani as interior minister.[8][9]

He serves as the chairman of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy.[10] A number of media outlets criticized his meeting with Fathi Hamad, a Hamas political leader, in April 2013, and speculated the risks of terrorist acts occurring at the 2022 World Cup.[11][12] However, Al Thani refuted his government's connection to any terrorist groups and stated "for the avoidance of doubt, we will stand shoulder to shoulder with our allies in the Middle East and around the world to face down the terrorist threat."[13]

Personal life[edit]

Al Thani is married and has six children.[4][14]

Awards and honors[edit]

Al Thani has been awarded various honors and recognitions, including Legion of Honor Award on 19 November 2009.[14]



  1. ^ "Qatar". Royal Ark. Retrieved 28 June 2013. 
  2. ^ Nordland, Rod (27 June 2013). "Qatar’s Emir Names New Cabinet and Premier". The New York Times. Retrieved 28 June 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Al Khuwaylidi, Mirza (16 July 2013). "Qatar’s new prime minister reports for duty". Asharq Alawsat. Retrieved 16 August 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "Qatar's new prime minister appointed". Anadolu Agency. 27 June 2013. Retrieved 13 September 2013. 
  5. ^ Habib Toumi (26 June 2013). "Profile: Qatar prime minister Shaikh Abdullah bin Nasser Al Thani". Gulf News. Retrieved 18 August 2013. 
  6. ^ Attwood, Ed (30 June 2013). "Introducing Qatar’s new Emir". Arabian Business. Retrieved 18 August 2013. 
  7. ^ "Qatar PM replaced in cabinet reshuffle". Albawaba. 26 June 2013. Retrieved 27 June 2013. 
  8. ^ Tuttle, Robert (26 June 2013). "Qatar’s Emir Tamim Forms Cabinet Lead by Bin Nasser". Bloomberg. Retrieved 27 June 2013. 
  9. ^ "Qatar’s new PM Shaikh Abdullah bin Nasser Al Thani". Khaleej Times. AFP. 27 June 2013. Retrieved 18 August 2013. 
  10. ^ "SUPREME COMMITTEE FOR DELIVERY & LEGACY HOLDS 5TH EXECUTIVE MEETING". QFA. 6 July 2014. Retrieved 14 February 2015. 
  11. ^ "New Qatar controversy as World Cup hosts are linked to terrorism". dailymail.co.uk. 18 March 2014. Retrieved 14 February 2015. 
  12. ^ "UK extremists linked to Qatar World Cup bid". 2 August 2014. Retrieved 14 February 2015. 
  13. ^ "Qatar denies cash for UK firms working on 2022 World Cup in Qatar is being 'siphoned off to ISIS' after claims raised in Parliament". dailymail.co.uk. 28 October 2014. Retrieved 14 February 2015. 
  14. ^ a b "Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani". Ministry of Interior. Retrieved 18 August 2013. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani
Prime Minister of Qatar