The Qatar News Agency has announced the death of former Emir of Qatar Sheikh Khalifa bin Hamad al Thani on Sunday evening at age 84. A statement from the Emiri Diwan said, ‘May Allah have mercy on his soul and make his residence paradise, and grant him the best reward for what he achieved to his homeland and nation’.
The Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al Thani has ordered three days of public mourning across the country.
He ruled Qatar from 1972 until 1995.
Sheikh Khalifa bin Hamad Al Thani was the grandfather of the current leader of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani.