According to ABP Sanjha, Qatar’s Sheikh Hamad bin khalifa is in Jodhpur with wife for vacations.
Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa bin Hamad bin Abdullah bin Jassim bin Mohammed Al Thani is a member of the ruling Al Thani Qatari royal family. He was the ruling Emir of Qatar from 1995 to 2013.The Qatari government now refers to him as His Highness the Father Emir.
The 63-year-old Sheikh, who relinquished the throne of Qatar in June 2013, is officially listed as “Minister-Counsellor” at his country’s embassy in Mayfair.
Sheikh Hamad, who was educated at Sandhurst, seized power in a bloodless coup in 1995. He proceeded to transform his homeland from an obscure backwater to a gas and oil-fuelled powerhouse with global reach.
Under Sheikh Hamad, Qatar became the biggest exporter of liquefied natural gas in the world – and the revenues allowed his government to invest billions in a host of capitals: in London, the Qatari sovereign wealth fund snapped up trophy assets ranging from Harrods to the Shard.
Meanwhile, Sheikh Hamad became one of the most significant power-brokers in the Middle East, as welcome in Washington as he was in the Gaza Strip, where he was the first Arab ruler to pay an official visit in 2012.
Six months after his abdication, the former Emir apparently exchanged all this for a relatively junior position at Qatar’s Embassy. London has plenty of such diplomats – but not many are as luxuriously housed.
The former Emir and Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, his second wife, have a London residence in the colonnaded form of Cornwall Terrace, a grade-1 listed mansion beside Regent’s Park.
Sheikha Moza herself appeared on the London Diplomatic List as a “Counsellor” from the month after her husband’s abdication until December 2013. In that version of the list, his name replaced hers at the Qatari Embassy.
At a stroke, Sheikha Moza lost her diplomatic immunity in Britain, but regained it thanks to her husband’s appointment. Today, she enjoys this privilege along with the former Emir’s two other wives and 24 children.
video – ABP Sanjha