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Sheikh Fahd is the second-eldest son of Father Emir Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani with his wife Sheikha Mariam Bint Mohammed Al-Thani.

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Role: Minister of state for interior affairs Sheikh Abdelaziz was appointed deputy commander of the Internal Security Force (Lekhwiya) in 2017. In an early-2020 reshuffle, he was promoted to Lekhwiya commander and Ministry of Interior undersecretary.

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Role: Ambassador to the United States Career diplomat Sheikh Mishaal Bin Hamad Bin Mohammed Al-Thani has been ambassador to the United States since December 2016. He is a member of a distant branch of the family from Emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani; former foreign minister and premier Hamad Bin Jassim Bin Jabr Al-Thani is from the same branch.

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Emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad has a tight grip on power in Qatar, having strengthened his position during the 2017-21 regional boycott and with the success of the 2022 World Cup. While some of his siblings are prominent in the arts and sports arenas, few have made an impression on the political scene where Tamim has tended to emphasise technocratic ability over family ties – a trend highlighted in GSN’s new series of profiles of key decision-makers in Qatar.

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Qatar’s ambassador to the United Nations Sheikha Alia Bint Ahmed Al-Thani has called on more women from the Middle East to pursue diplomatic careers, saying “we need to show our example when it comes to gender parity and empowerment of women.”

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Role: Former heir apparent Born in 1972, Sheikh Mishaal Bin Hamad Al-Thani is the low-profile eldest half-brother of Emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani.

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Role: Equestrian interests Born in 1977, Sheikh Jassim Bin Khalifa Al-Thani is the youngest half-brother of Father Emir Shiekh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani. He went into exile with his father, deposed Emir Khalifa Bin Hamad Al-Thani, in 1995.

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Role: Ambassador to the UK Sheikh Abdullah Bin Mohammed was named as Qatar’s ambassador to the United Kingdom on 12 June 2024. It is his second major diplomatic post, having been ambassador to Germany from August 2020, following a long career in business, finance, politics and the military.

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Role: Culture minister Sheikh Abdulrahman Bin Hamad was appointed culture minister in the October 2021 cabinet reshuffle.

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Role: Sports and youth minister Born in 1952, Sheikh Hamad was appointed sports and youth minister in January 2024, replacing Salah Bin Ghanem Al-Ali who had been in the post since 2013.

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Role: Qatar Olympic Committee president Born in the mid-1980s, Joaan is the third son of Father Emir Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani and Sheikha Mozah.

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Role: Al-Rayyan Sports Club president Born in 2000, Sheikh Al-Qaqa is former Emir Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani’s youngest son with his third wife Sheikha Noura Bint Khalid Bin Hamad Al-Thani. His full brothers are Deputy Ruler Sheikh Abdullah, Sheikh Khalid and Sheikh Thani. 

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Role: Qatar University assistant professor The most prominent of the Father Emir’s daughters with his first wife Sheikha Mariam, Dr Hessa Bint Hamad Al-Thani is assistant professor of education sciences at Qatar University and former dean of the College of Education.

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Role: Businessman and art collector Sheikh Hamad Bin Abdullah Bin Khalifa Al-Thani is a first cousin of Emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani and son of former Prime Minister and interior minister Sheikh Abdullah Bin Khalifa.

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Role: Dukhan Bank director   Born in 1994, Sheikh Thani Bin Hamad Al-Thani is a younger son of former Emir Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani with his third wife Sheikha Noura Bint Khalid Bin Hamad Al-Thani. His full brothers are Deputy Ruler Sheikh Abdullah, Sheikh Khalid and Sheikh Al-Qaqa.

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