Sheikh Tamim accepts “dream job” as new Emir of Qatar
Rising star accepts new position in place of outgoing Sheikh Hamad
DOHA: In what he described to reporters as his “dream job”, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al Thani yesterday accepted the role of emir of Qatar in a special ceremony held in Doha.
Speaking to the assembled press, the 33-year-old – the youngest emir ever to take the reins of the Gulf country – said he was “honoured and privileged to be taking control of such a prestigious and successful gas-rich state”.
“When my father first seized power in a bloodless coup almost 20 years ago from my grandfather, I never thought in a million years that one day I’d be standing before you as emir myself,” he said. “This is really a dream come true.”
Tamim, considered something of a wonderkid among Gulf leaders, had reportedly been tipped for the top job over two years ago when the outgoing emir Sheikh Hamad had reportedly begun looking for a successor.
“Hamad had his eye on Tamim after watching him in a meeting as deputy commander-in-chief of the armed forces,” said a source. “[Tamim] put in a sterling performance, and Hamad saw right then that there was definite potential.”
Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al Thani sensationally revealed last week that he was stepping down from the emirship of Qatar after 18 years at the helm. The move was greeted with dismay from many fans of the island state who had watched him successfully lead them from near obscurity to a dominating force in the Arab League.
Among Tamim’s first roles in charge will be maintaining Qatar’s alliance with the West while at the same time pursuing an activist stance in Syria and other countries.
“It’s not going to be easy for anyone to step into Hamad’s sandals,” said Gulf political analyst Dexter Whitebait. “But Tamim seems to have all the skills needed to succeed, plus several hundred bazillion dollars at his disposal, which might also help.”
June 26, 2013 at 7:55 am
That looks like real reporting to me.
sheik rattle and role
June 27, 2013 at 7:33 am
Regarding the appointment of the Emir, this is probably what the other arab and other country leaders had to say:
Saudi Arabia: “I dont know what this abdication is. The outgoing amir has still many years left in him. The new one, he is too young. To be a leader is our kingdom you need to be at least over 60 and bed ridden in some US hospital.”
Bashar al assad (syria): “He deserves it”
Kuwait: “This is amazing. A change in leadership without dissolving 18 times.”
UAE: ” we would like to acknowledge the vision of our leaders who have made the UAE the great country that it is”
Egypt: “At least Morsi won it”
Jordan: “the price of foodstuff is too high”
Lebanon: “congratulations. Lets get back to partying”
Iran: “all change”
Israel: ” I hope the new one continues to recognise the peace loving nation of Israel.”
UK: ” i wonder what this means for Harrods.”
US: “where is Qatar?”
July 28, 2013 at 11:37 pm
Hilarious but true. Actually, Americans do know where Qatar is; we just don’t know how to pronounce it properly.
July 2, 2013 at 8:59 am
It seems like his first act was to, literally, sever all ties to Saudi, thereby making the former peninsular an “island state.” Way to Sheikh it up on your first day at the office, Tammy, old boy.
July 28, 2013 at 9:16 am
Bravo and way to catch that error!