List of emirs of Qatar

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Emir of the State of Qatar
امیر دولة قطر
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Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani
since 25 June 2013
Style His Highness
Heir apparent Joaan bin Hamad
First monarch Jassim bin Mohammed Al Thani
Formation c. 1850
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The Emir of the State of Qatar is the monarch and head of state of Qatar. It is the most powerful position in the country. The emirs of Qatar are members of the Al-Thani dynasty, which originate from the Banu Tamim; one of the largest tribes in the Arabian Peninsula.

Since 25 June 2013, Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani is the current emir.

Emirs of Qatar (c. 1850–present)[edit]

Name Reign Remarks
From Until
HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Thani c. 1850 18 December 1878 Died in office
HH Sheikh Jassim bin Mohammed Al Thani 1878 17 July 1913 Died in office
HH Sheikh Abdullah bin Jassim Al Thani 17 July 1913 20 August 1949 Abdicated; died on 25 April 1957
HH Sheikh Ali bin Abdullah Al Thani 20 August 1949 24 October 1960 Abdicated; died on 31 August 1974
HH Sheikh Ahmad bin Ali Al Thani 24 October 1960 22 February 1972 Deposed by his cousin Khalifa; died on 25 November 1977
HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Hamad Al Thani 22 February 1972 27 June 1995 Deposed by his son Hamad; died on 23 October 2016
HH Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani 27 June 1995 25 June 2013 Abdicated; alive
HH Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani 25 June 2013[1] Incumbent


The order of succession as the Ruler of Qatar is determined by appointments within the Al Thani family.

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.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "His Highness Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani". Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Qatar. Retrieved 20 August 2014.