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Abdullah bin Khalifa Al Thani

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Monarch  Hamad bin Khalifa
Religion  Sunni Islam
Succeeded by  Hamad bin Jassim

Preceded by  Hamad bin Khalifa
Deputy  Hamad bin Jassim
Name  Abdullah Khalifa
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Born  11 February 1959 (age 56)Doha, Qatar (1959-02-11)
Role  Former Prime Minister of Qatar
Parents  Khalifa bin Hamad Al Thani
Siblings  Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani
Grandparents  Hamad bin Abdullah Al Thani
Nieces  Al-Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani
Nephews  Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Mohammed bin Hamad bin Khalif, Joaan bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al, Jasim bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al, Mishaal bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al
Similar People  Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Khalifa bin Hamad Al Thani, Jasim bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al, Mohammed bin Hamad bin Khalif, Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani

Abdullah bin Khalifa Al Thani (عبد الله بن خليفة آل ثاني) (born 1958, Doha) was Prime Minister of Qatar from 29 October 1996 to 3 April 2007. He served as an advisor to the Emir and often represented him at ceremonial events and receptions.


Early years and education

Abdullah Al Thani is the eldest son of the former and 8th Emir of Qatar, Khalifa bin Hamad Al Thani, and his third wife, Sheikha Rudha bint Jassim bin Jabr Al Thani. He is the 3rd son of his father. Sheikh Abdullah is the younger half-brother of Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, the former Emir of Qatar.

Sheikh Abdullah received his school education in Qatar, earned his secondary school certificate in 1975, and graduated from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in December 1976.


After graduation Sheikh Abdullah joined the armed forces of Qatar and held many senior military posts up to 1989 when he was appointed assistant commander-in-Chief of the armed forces, in the rank of lieutenant colonel. In 1979 Abdullah was appointed chairman of Qatar Olympic committee, and held this post until 1989.

On 17 July 1989, he was named minister of the interior. In addition to this post on 11 July 1995 he became deputy prime minister. On 29 October 1996, he was appointed prime minister and continued to assume his interior portfolio until 2 January 2001. On 3 April 2007, he resigned and was replaced by then foreign minister Hamad bin Jassem bin Jabr Al Thani as prime minister.

Personal life

Abdullah has six sons: Hamad, Suhaim, Tamim, Fahad, Mohammad and Khalifa. He speaks English and French fluently.

Abdullah owns several racehorses and as of 2012 he won EUR 2,070,043.78 prize money.


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