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Sheikha Moza bint Nasser Al Missned
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Sheikha Mozah speaking at the Third Global Forum of the UN Alliance of Civilizations in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2010)
Consort to the Emir of Qatar
Tenure 27 June 1995 – 25 June 2013
Born Al Khor Qatar [1]
Spouse Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Emir of Qatar (m. 1977)
Issue Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad
Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Emir of Qatar
Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad
Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad
Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad
Sheikh Khalifa bin Hamad
Sheikha Hind bint Hamad
Father Nasser bin Abdullah Al Missned
Religion Sunni Islam

Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser Al Missned, (Arabic: موزا بنت ناصر المسند‎‎), the daughter of Nasser bin Abdullah Al Missned, is the second of the three wives of Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, former Emir of the State of Qatar.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Mozah married Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani in 1977, when he was heir apparent of Qatar.[3] She received a BA in Sociology from the Qatar University in 1986, and was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2003.[4]


Sheikha Mozah with her husband at the White House in Washington, D.C.. From left to right: Sheikha Mozah, Michelle Obama, the US First Lady, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, and Barack Obama, the US President.

Sheikha Mozah has been chairperson of the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development since 1995, chairperson of Silatech since 2008, chairperson of the Arab Democracy Foundation, and president of the Supreme Council for Family Affairs since 1998.[5] She has been vice-president of the Supreme Education Council since 2002 and was UNESCO's Special Envoy for Basic and Higher Education in 2003.[6] Currently, she serves as a member of the Board of Overseers for Weill Cornell Medical College. Besides this, she is chair of Sidra Medical and Research Center in Doha and the organisation "Your Link".

Unlike many other monarchical wives in the Middle East, Sheikha Mozah has been a high-profile figure in her nation's politics and society, actively involved in Qatar's government. She was a driving force behind Education City and Al Jazeera Children's Channel. She is the owner of Le Tanneur, a French leather-goods manufacturer.[7] Additionally, she has been named as one of Forbes' 100 Most Powerful Women at #75.[8][9]

As the public consort of the emir, she has represented Qatar alongside her husband and on her own at many international events, including state visits and royal weddings.[10] She has become known for her personal style, customising haute couture designs to fit Qatari modesty rules.[11]

Titles, styles, and honours[edit]

Styles of
Sheikha Mozah
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Reference style Her Highness
Spoken style Your Highness
Alternative style Sheikha

Titles and styles[edit]

Mozah may be styled as "Her Highness Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser".[12][13]


Foreign honours[edit]


Foreign awards[edit]


The royal couple have five sons and two daughters:


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  2. ^ Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre (2012). H.H. Sheikha Moza Bint Nasser Al-Missned. Retrieved 25 June 2013 from
  3. ^ Danna Harman (5 March 2007). "Backstory: The royal couple that put Qatar on the map". Christian Science Monitor. Retrieved 23 May 2015. 
  4. ^ "Biography of Her Highness Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser Abdullah al Missned". UNESCO. Retrieved 23 May 2015. 
  5. ^ "Her Highness Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser Al Missned". UNAOC. 
  6. ^ "Her Highness Sheikha Mozah, UNESCO Special Envoy for Basic and Higher Education, hosts Regional Conference on Literacy Challenges in the Arab Region in Doha, Qatar". UNESCO. 
  7. ^ "Les vies secrètes de Dominique de Villepin", 28 May 2015
  8. ^ "Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser Al-Missned". Forbes. 
  9. ^ "Who’s Who in Qatar: The People of Qatar You Should Know About", 10 Aug 2014
  10. ^ "Sheikha Mozah in Spain". Order of Splendor blog. 
  11. ^ "Sheikha Mozah The Qatar first lady that makes Carlà tremble". Vogue. 
  12. ^ "Biography". Office of Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, State of Qatar. Retrieved 29 August 2015. 
  13. ^ "United Nations Goodwill and Honorary Ambassadors—Her Highness Sheikha Moza Bint Nasse". UNESCO. Retrieved 29 August 2015. 
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  15. ^ web, Segretariato generale della Presidenza della Repubblica-Servizio sistemi informatici- reparto. "Le onorificenze della Repubblica Italiana". 
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  17. ^ wearing the ribbon bar of the order at the Dutch state visit to Qatar
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  22. ^ "Qatari State Visit To the UK Photos and Images - Getty Images". 
  23. ^ "HH SHeikha Moza awarded Order of Smile in Warsaw". 
  24. ^ "Chatham House Prize 2007 - HH Sheikha Mozah". 
  25. ^ "Home - The Peninsula Qatar". 
  26. ^ "Medalists - Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy". 
  27. ^ University, Carnegie Mellon. "Past Recipients-Honorary Degrees - Carnegie Mellon University". 
  28. ^ "Sheikha Moza accepts Bush Award for public service excellence". 
  29. ^ "Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser of Qatar will be presented the George Bush Award for Excellence in Public Service - University of New England in Maine, Tangier and Online". 
  30. ^ VCUQatar. "Her Highness Sheikha Mozah reminds VCU graduates of limits of technology : VCUQatar". 

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