Emir of Qatar stepping down to “pursue other projects”
Sources say ruler is looking for the next exciting challenge
DOHA: Just days after it was revealed that the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, was preparing to hand over power to his son, it has emerged that the ruler of the gas-rich state made the decision in order to pursue other personal projects.
“[al-Thani] has been ruler since 1995 and simply felt it was time to move on,” said a source within the royal family. “He’s had an incredible amount of success at the helm of Qatar, having seen it pursue billion dollar investments across the world and win the hosting rights to the FIFA World Cup in 2022. But after a long period of deliberation, felt that after almost two decades he’d taken the country as far as he wanted and that it was time to look for the next exciting challenge.”
The source also added that al-Thani had already been offered the Emir’s position at several of the world’s “leading states”, but that he was going to “spend some time with his family first before making a decision on his future”.
June 17, 2013 at 8:49 am
I assume we will hear from him again. He can not retire as he has still to feed his pension plan.
June 17, 2013 at 10:37 am
I hear the board at Libya have been sounding him out. They’re in chaos and slipped out of the top flight a long time ago. But Al Thani has the track record to be able to bring them back into the big leagues.
June 18, 2013 at 7:04 am
The Iran gig may have suited him nicely. 20 years or so experience in managing a small country, taking them from obscurity to world player. Iran is a sleeping giant, but has languished for too long in the lower leagues, losing support year on year. Still plenty of home support though, and massive sponsorship possibilites (USA, Israel etc), just a shame that beardy chap has slipped into the role whilst the Emir still dithers.
Other options: North Korea, Burma or maybe he’s waiting to see if the managerial positions in Syria or Turkey come available.
June 28, 2013 at 1:58 pm
do not miss around someone with huge sums.
July 24, 2013 at 9:42 pm
He would be a great welcoming security person at The Sheraton Doha. Not sure he would last though under the Katara faction management style………