Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, Sheikh of Qatar, visited Dubrovnik. He arrived on a boat named ‘Qatar’ on Thursday night. After a short break on board, Sheikh, his family and bodyguards visited the Old City and walked through the beautiful Dubrovnik.
Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani is a member of the ruling Al Thani Qatari royal family. He was the ruling Emir of State of Qatar from 1995 to 2013. During his 18-year rule, Qatar’s natural gas production reached 77 million tonnes, making Qatar the richest country in the world per capita with the average income in the country US$86,440 a year per person. During his reign several sports and diplomatic events took place in Qatar, including 2006 Asian Games, 2012 UN Climate Change Conference, Doha Agreement, Hamas–Fatah Doha agreement and it was decided that the 2022 FIFA World Cup was to be held in the country. He established the Qatar Investment Authority; by 2013 it had invested over $100 billion around the world, most prominently in The Shard, Barclays Bank, Heathrow Airport, Harrods, Paris Saint-Germain F.C., Volkswagen, Siemens and Royal Dutch Shell. The Sheikh founded news media group Al Jazeera, through which he maintained his influence over the Arab World.