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 2014.jpg
Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani
Style His Highness
Heir apparent Joaan bin Hamad
First monarch Jassim bin Mohammed Al Thani
Formation 1868
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This is a list of emirs of Qatar. The emirs of Qatar are members of the Al-Thani dynasty and the state of Qatar was founded in 1850 by Muhammad bin Thani. The house of Al-Thani originate from the Banu Tamim; one of the largest tribes in the Arabian Peninsula.

Emirs of Qatar (1850–present)[edit]

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