Anniversary of Sheik Hamad Bin Khalifa’s Accession Date: June 27
Anniversary of Sheik Hamad Bin Khalifa’s Accession is celebrated in Qatar.
June 27 is marked as the Anniversary of Sheik Hamad Bin Khalifa’s Accession to the throne of Qatar. Continuing the Al-Thani family’s two centuries rule of Qatar, the Sheikh was acclaimed the Amir in 1995.
Sheik Hamad Bin Khalifa History
In 1977, Sheik Hamad was named Crown Prince and at the same time was appointed Minister of Defense. In the early 1980’s he led the Supreme Planning Council, which sets the Qatar’s basic economic and social policies. Since 1992, Sheik Hamad has selected Qatar’s cabinet and been responsible for administering the country’s day-to-day affairs. He has also led the development of Qatar’s oil and natural gas resources.
Qatar is focusing on niche tourism, especially the business segment, as a means of growth for the sector. Under the ambitious five-year development plan of the Qatar Tourism and Exhibitions Authority (QTEA), the government aims to boost the number of visitors from 964,000 as of 2007 to 1.5m by 2010. Qatar is a country on the southwestern side of the Arabian Gulf.
Qatar offers a range of budget and luxury hotels. Qatar Airways can arrange the hotel and visa for you, tel. In this case, there also seems to also be a new regulation in place (2008) to either present a credit card or QAR 5000 at the point of entry – which should generally not be a problem, if you can afford the room.
Qatar Airways, the country’s national airline, is one of the world’s fastest growing carriers with its aircraft fleet of 29 and continuing to grow. Offering approximately 50 international destinations, Qatar Airways has signed a US$5.1 billion deal with Airbus to purchase an additional 32 aircraft during the next five years.
Anniversary of Sheik Hamad Bin Khalifa’s Accession Traditions and Activities
There is little fanfar marking this date.