His Excellency (H.E.) Dr. Khalid Bin Mohammad Al-Attiyah is Qatar's Minister of State for Defence and Deputy Prime Minister and has been so since January 2016 and November 2017, respectively. He was born on 9 March 1967 to the founder of the Qatar Armed Forces - Mohammad Al Attiyah - and belongs to the Banu Tamim tribe of Qatar. He is married and is father to three children.
H.E. Dr. Khalid Al-Attiyah started his career as a military fighter pilot after gaining a BA in Aviation Studies from the King Faisal Air Academy in the year 1987. In addition to that, he has a Bachelors Law degree from Beirut Arab University in the year 1991 and a Master's degree in Public Law in 1993 which he attained from Cairo University. In 2006, he also completed a PhD in Law from Cairo University.
H.E. Dr. Khalid Al-Attiyah remained a fighter pilot with the Qatar Amiri Air Force till 1995, when he established his law firm - Khalid bin Mohamed Al Attiyah Firm for Legal Consultations and Services. For 13 years, he practised law. During this time frame, he was given the position of President of the National Committee for Human Rights.
In 2008, H.E. Dr. Khalid Al-Attiyah was appointed as the Minister of State for International Cooperation. He held this position till 2009 when he was given the role of Acting Minister of Business and Commerce, Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors of Qatar’s Stock Exchange and Vice-Chairman of Qatar Financial Centre Authority (till 2012).
During this time (2009), H.E. Dr. Khalid Al-Attiyah was also associated with Silatech, the Qatari Diar Association and Kahramaa.
From 2009 up to 2013, H.E. Dr. Khalid Al-Attiyah was made the Vice-Chairman of the Supreme Council for Information Technology and Communications.
During this time, in 2011, H.E. Dr. Khalid Al-Attiyah was given the role of Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and became a Member of the Council of Ministers. He then served as the Minister of Foreign Affairs, after a cabinet reshuffle saw him replacing the past Foreign Minister Hamad bin Jassim Al Thani, for three years from 2013 up until January 2016 when he was appointed as the Minister of State for Defense Affairs, and then Deputy Prime Minister a year and a half later - positions he still holds today.
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