Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani
|Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani|
|Arabic: سعادة الشيخ عبدالله بن ناصر بن خليفة آل ثاني|
|Prime Minister of Qatar|
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|
26 June 2013
|Monarch||Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani|
|Preceded by||Abdullah bin Khalid Al Thani|
|Minister of State for Interior Affairs|
15 February 2005 – 26 June 2013
|Monarch||Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani|
|Prime Minister||Hamad bin Jassim Al Thani|
|Preceded by||Position established|
|Succeeded by||Position abolished|
|Born||1959 (age 57–58)
|Alma mater||Durham Military College
Beirut Arab University
Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani (born 1959) (Arabic: عبد الله 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
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, 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. In 1995, he also graduated from Beirut Arab University, receiving a bachelor's degree in legislation.
Al Thani joined the Qatari military and was appointed as patrol officer at rescue police section in 1985. In 1989, he was appointed as security officer for stadiums at the capital security section. Then he became assistant commander for the support brigade in the emergency police section. He was appointed as commander for special operations brigade in the special security force department and as commander for the special unit of the special security force department. On 28 December 2001, he was named assistant director for the special security force department for operations affairs. In September 2004, he was promoted to the rank of brigadier general.
After serving in different posts in the government, on 15 February 2005, he was appointed Minister of State for Interior Affairs. He was named as Prime Minister on 26 June 2013 in a cabinet reshuffle, replacing Hamad bin Jassim Al Thani in the post. He was also named as Minister of the Interior in the same cabinet reshuffle, succeeding Abdullah bin Khalid Al Thani as interior minister.
He serves as the chairman of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy. 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. 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."
Titles, styles and honours
Titles and styles
- Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani (1965–1989)
- His Excellency Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani (2005–2013)
- His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani, Prime Minister of Qatar (2013–present)
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Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani
|Prime Minister of Qatar