Tamim was educated in England. Like his father, he studied at the Royal Military Academy in Sandhurst and graduated in 1998. He then returned to Qatar and he was commissioned as an officer in the armed forces. In 2003, Tamim was elected to succeed his older brother, Jassim bin Hamad Al Thani as Crown Prince of Qatar.
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Over the next decade, Tamim was groomed to rule the country, holding a series of increasingly important economic, diplomatic, and national security positions. In 2009, he was appointed deputy commander-in-chief of the Qatari Armed Forces.
Tamim’s most visible activities during his 10 years as Crown Prince relate to his leadership of Qatar’s efforts to enhance its international status by hosting major sporting events.
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He was the head of the organizing committee of the 2006 Asian Games, held in Qatar and led the country’s efforts to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup. He also arranged for Qatar’s purchase of football club Paris Saint-Germain.
The first year of Tamim’s leadership did not go well. Where, in 2014 Qatar experienced conflict with other Gulf countries. In 2017, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain cut ties with Qatar, and imposed an economic blockade.
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Despite this, Qatar adapted to the situation quickly, including redirecting its trade to Turkey, Iran, Kuwait and Oman. Furthermore, Tamim managed to improve relations between Qatar and the Gulf countries. Where, at the beginning of this year relations between Qatar and the Gulf countries improved.
Tamin also led Qatar to become an important actor in the Afghanistan issue. Where, Qatar is hosting talks between the Taliban and the United States (US). The withdrawal of foreign foreign troops is one product of the talks.