The Al-Thani Family has ruled Qatar since the mid-1800s, progressing the country from a poor British protectorate dependant on pearling, to a wealthy independent state from the discovery of significant levels of Oil and Gas. Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifah Al-Thani ruled from 1995 to 2013 and has been recognized as being the driving force towards modernization, globalization, and a commitment to education, world-class health care, and international development.
On June 25th, 2013, Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifah Al-Thani announced that he would be stepping down and named his son, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, as ruler. Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani assumed his duties as Emir of Qatar on June 26th, 2013. The new Emir has promised continuity in both domestic and foreign policy. Such continuities include investment in human capital within the domestic policy realm, paired with the strengthening of GCC, Arab, Islamic, and global ties within the foreign policy realm.
Focusing on expanding the relationship with one of its greatest allies, the United States, the political, economic and social practices of Qatar can be seen to shift towards similarities of the western world. Currently, Qatar is evolving from a traditional society to one based on more formal and democratic institutions to meet the requirements of social and economic progress around the world.
In Foreign Affairs, the Government of Qatar has become the first country in the region to resolve all border disputes with its neighbors including Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Iran. It has also shown efforts of reaching out to countries in a diplomatic fashion that are otherwise in disagreement by the rest of the region.
Since the Arab Spring, Qatar has taken a larger role in world and regional foreign affairs. To more fully understand Qatar’s foreign policy initiatives, read the Council’s coverage of Qatar’s participation at the UN General Assembly in September of 2012.
Qatar’s Emir and Ministers are as follows:
His Highness Emir Sheikh Jasim bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani; Emir of the State of Qatar
His Excellency Deputy Emir Abdullah bin Hamad al Thani
His Excellency Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani; Prime Minister & Minister of Interior
His Excellency Ahmad bin Abdullah Al Mahmoud; Deputy Prime Minister &
Minister of State for the Council of Ministers Affairs
His Excellency Khalid bin Mohammad Al Attiyah; Minister of Foreign Affairs
His Excellency Mohammed Saleh Al Sada; Minister of Energy and Industry
His Excellency Ghaith bin Mubarak Al Kuwari; Minister of Endowments and Islamic Affairs
His Excellency Ali Sharif Al Emadi; Minister of Finance
His Excellency Hassan Lahdan Saqr Al Mohannadi; Minister of Justice
His Excellency Mohammed Abdul Wahed Ali Al Hammadi; Minister of Education and Higher Education
His Excellency Abdullah Saleh Mubarak Al Khulaifi; Minister of Labor and Social Affairs
His Excellency Abdul Rahman bin Khalifa bin Abdelaziz Al Thani; Minister of Municipal Affairs and Urban Planning
His Excellency Abdullah bin Khalid Al Qahtani; Minister of Public Health
His Excellency Hamad bin Abdulaziz Al Kuwari; Minister of Culture, Arts and Heritage
His Excellency Ahmed bin Jassim bin Mohammed Al Thani; Minister of Economy and Commerce
His Excellency Jassim Saif Ahmad Al Sulaiti; Minister of Transportation
His Excellency Ahmed Amer Al Humaidi; Minister of Environment
Her Excellency Hessa Sultan Al Jaber; Minister of Communication
His Excellency Issa Saad Al Jafali Al Nuaimi; Minister of Administrative Development
His Excellency Saleh Mohammad Salim Al Nabit; Minister of Development Planning and Statistics
His Excellency Salah bin Ghanem bin Nasser Al Ali; Minister of Youth and Sports
His Excellency Hamad bin Ali Al Attiyah; Minister of State for Defense Affairs