|Alma mater University of Miami|
|Children Six (2 boys 4 girls)|
Name Abdul bin
Residence Doha, Qatar
Education University of Miami
|Succeeded by Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani|
Preceded by Jamil Ibrahim Hejailan
Abdul Rahman bin Hamad Al Attiyah (born 1950) is a Qatari diplomat, who served as the fourth secretary general of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).
Early life and education
Attiyah was born in 1950. He received a bachelor's degree in political science and geography from the University of Miami.
Attiyah started his career in 1972, joining the minister of foreign affairs. From 1974 to 1981, he served as the Qatar's consul general in Geneva as well as ambassador and permanent representative to the United Nations. He also served as Qatar's permanent representativeto the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Rome. From 1981 to 1984 he was Qatari ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He served simultaneously as the non-resident ambassador of Qatar to the Republic of Djibouti. From 1984 to 1990, he acted as Qatar's permanent representative to UNESCO. From 1984 to 1992 he served as Qatari ambassador to France. He was the undersecretary of the foreign ministry from 1998 to 2002.
Attiyah also served as the secretary general of the GCC. He was appointed to the post on 1 April 2002. He was succeeded by Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani in the post on 1 April 2011.
After his tenure at the GCC, Qatar announced its intention to nominate Attiyah as Arab League secretary general.