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Posted On: 3 June 2019 10:28 am

10 must-know facts about Qatar's Amir—Sheikh Tamim!

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Happy Birthday, Sheikh Tamim!

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Sheikh Tamim is on his way to his 5th year of reign as he officially became the 8th Emir of Qatar on June 25, 2013—after his father's abdication.

Happy Birthday, Sheikh Tamim!

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When he took the reins as the Emir, Sheikh Tamim had already been long and deeply involved in Qatari decision-making for years.

Happy Birthday, Sheikh Tamim!

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At the time of writing, Sheikh Tamim is—still—the youngest reigning monarch among the GCC countries and the youngest current sovereign worldwide at age 38.

Happy Birthday, Sheikh Tamim!

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He has served in a number of diverse roles, including president of the Qatar National Olympic Committee and deputy commander-in-chief of the Qatar Armed Forces upon graduation from Sandhurst—a Royal Military Academy in England.

Happy Birthday, Sheikh Tamim!

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During his years as a prince, Sheikh Tamim promoted sport as part of Qatar's bid to raise its international profile. He was at one point named by an Egyptian daily newspaper as "the best sport personality in the Arab world." It was actually him who supervised Qatar’s successful bid to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

Happy Birthday, Sheikh Tamim!

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Sheikh Tamim's love for sports resonates from his early age as he regularly participates in competitive sport. He was once filmed playing badminton and bowled with former Egyptian military chief Mohammed Hussein Tantawi. The Qatari Emir is also a keen player of both tennis and football.

Happy Birthday, Sheikh Tamim!

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Besides his love for sports, Sheikh Tamim also has a strong interest in history and his nation's heritage. He is fluent in three languages—Arabic, English, and French.

Happy Birthday, Sheikh Tamim!

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He oversaw the restoration of Souq Waqif—a working class market in Doha which has turned into one of the Qatari capital’s main tourist attractions.

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Described by his family members as a 'pragmatist,' Sheikh Tamim is known to have 'excellent relations' with the West, including the US and France.

Happy Birthday, Sheikh Tamim!

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Friendly, confident, savvy, careful, calculating, and open are some of the words used by his close friends to describe the Emir of Qatar.

Happy Birthday, Sheikh Tamim!

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