His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani
Emir of the State of Qatar
His Highness, the Emir of the State of Qatar, is the sponsor of civilian and military sports in Qatar. He established the first Military Sporting Association which got the membership of the International Military Sporting Association. He gave much support and attention to youth and sports sector out of his belief in the significance of the role played by this vital sector in the process of building and developing the society. He attended Primary and Secondary schools in Doha - Qatar. His Highness Joined the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, and graduated in July 1971, after which he joined the Qatari Armed Forces in the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and was appointed Commander of the first mobile Regiment. He was then promoted to the rank of Major General and was appointed Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces and played a major role in developing the Qatari Armed Forces. On May the 31st, 1977 His Highness was appointed Heir Apparent and Minister of Defense, in addition to his post as Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces. In May 1989 His Highness was appointed Chairman of the Higher Council for Planning, which is considered the cornerstone in the building of a modern state. His Highness chaired the Higher Council for Youth Welfare since it was set up in 1979 until September 1991, when the General Authority for Youth and Sports was established and a new full time chairman was appointed. On June 27, 1995 he acceded to power. He was awarded decorations and orders by a number of Arab and foreign countries in appreciation of his efforts to boost bilateral relations and promote cooperation with these countries.
Official Opening Begin: Wednesday, 27.02.2013 10:00 am