Suhaim bin Hamad Al Thani

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Suhaim bin Hamad bin Abdullah bin Jassim bin Muhammed Al Thani (1933 - 21 August 1985) was a member of the ruling family of Qatar who served as the country's foreign minister. His brother, Khalifa bin Hamad Al Thani, was the emir of Qatar.


Sheikh Suhaim was appointed minister of foreign affairs in 1972.[citation needed] He served in the post until his death on 21 August 1985.[1]

He had a great deal of participation, particularly in political, humanitarian, social and cultural activities.

In 1985, he plotted a coup against his brother Khalifa bin Hamad Al Thani after he learned that Khalifa had named his own son, Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, as the heir.[2] He had his own cache of weapons and maintained a cadre of supporters in northern Qatar. After Suhaim died suddenly of a heart attack in August 1985, his sons blamed Ghanim Al Kuwari, the minister of information and culture, for not responding promptly to his calls for medical attention. They were imprisoned after they attempted to assassinate Al Kuwari.[2]


He had nine sons and five daughters:


In 2008 a fellowship fund was established at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government for the memory of Suhaim bin Hamad Al Thani.[3]


  1. ^ "Qatar's Foreign Minister Dies of Heart Attack". Associated Press. 21 August 1985. Retrieved 12 July 2015. 
  2. ^ a b Helem Chapin Metz, ed. (1993). "The Al Thani". Persian Gulf States: A Country Study. Washington: GPO for the Library of Congress.  Public domain
  3. ^ a b "Sheikh Suhaim bin Hamad Al Thani Fellowship Established at Harvard". Washington Report on Middle East Affairs. May–June 2008. Retrieved 28 November 2016. 

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