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Abdullah bin Hamad Al Attiyah (/əbˈdʌlə bɪn ˈhɑːməd æl ˈɑːtjə/ (About this soundlisten) əb-DUL-ə bin HAH-məd al AH-tee-yə; Arabic: عبدالله بن حمد العطية‎, born 1952)[1] is the former deputy prime minister of Qatar and the head of the Emir's court.

Abdullah Bin Hamad Al-Attiyah
Abdullah bin Hamad al-Attiyah 2006.jpg
Deputy Prime Minister of Qatar
In office
3 April 2007 – 18 January 2011
MonarchHamad bin Khalifa
Prime MinisterHamad bin Jassim
Preceded byHamad bin Jassim
Succeeded byAhmad bin Abdullah Al Mahmoud
Minister of Industry and Energy
In office
12 January 1999 – 18 January 2011
MonarchHamad bin Khalifa
Prime MinisterAbdullah bin Khalifa
Hamad bin Jassim
Preceded byKhalid bin Hamad
Succeeded byMohammed Saleh Al Sada
In office
28 March 1992 – 19 February 1995
Prime MinisterKhalifa bin Hamad
Preceded byJassim bin Hamad
Succeeded byKhalid bin Hamad
Personal details
Born1952 (age 66–67)
Doha, Qatar

Early life and educationEdit

Attiyah was born in Qatar 1952.[1][2] In 1976, he graduated from the University of Alexandria, Egypt with a bachelor's degree.[2]



Attiyah started his career in 1972 with the ministry of finance and petroleum of Qatar. From 1973 to 1986, he held a post of the head of international and public relations at the ministry. From 1986 to 1989, he served as the director of the office of the minister, and from 1989 to 1992, as the director of the office of the minister of interior and as the acting minister of finance and petroleum. From September 1992 to January 2011, Attiyah was the minister of energy and industry.[3][4]

On 23 November 1993, Attiyah was named OPEC president and a member of the OPEC's quota compliance committee.[5]

On 12 January 1999, he also assumed the responsibility for electricity and water issues as these sectors were merged into the ministry of energy and industry.[5] On 16 September 2003 he was appointed second deputy prime minister and on 3 April 2007, deputy prime minister.[3][4]

In December 2003, he chaired the OPEC's annual conference in Vienna, Austria, and served as head of Qatar's delegation.[6]

On 30 June 2009, at the eight ministerial meeting of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum in Doha, Attiyah was elected as the chairman of the organization.[7][8][9] Although Gas Exporting Countries Forum has seen by some experts as an attempt to form 'gas-OPEC', Attiyah ruled out a creation of OPEC-like cartel.[10]

On 18 January 2011 he was named head of the Amiri Diwan while remaining in the post of the deputy prime minister. In the post of minister of industry and energy he was replaced by Mohammed Saleh Al Sada.[11]

In 2011, Attiyah was appointed head of former Emir Hamad Al Thani's office and president of the Qatar Administrative Control and Transparency Authority.[1]

During the 2012 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Doha, Attiyah served as the chairman.[12]


Since 1975, Attiyah has been the director of the Gulf Helicopters Corporation.[13] From 1987 to 1995, he served as the deputy chairman of QTel. Since 1986, he has been member of the directors board of Gulf Airways Corporation.

In 1992, Attiyah was appointed as chairman and managing director of Qatar Petroleum.[3][4][14]

Attiyah is chairman of the board of trustees of the Abdullah bin Hamad Al Attiyah International Foundation for Energy and Sustainable Development.[15]


In 2007, London-based the British Petroleum Intelligence Bulletin chose Attiyah as the Man of the Year in the field of development of hydrocarbon industry.[16]

In 2011, Texas A&M University awarded Attiyah with an Honorary Degree. [17]

Personal lifeEdit

Attiyah is married and has six children. His interests are reading, fishing and radio communications.[3][4]


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  2. ^ a b "H.E. Abdullah bin Hamad Al Attiyah". Qatar Museums Authority. Archived from the original on 19 May 2013. Retrieved 17 August 2013.
  3. ^ a b c d "Ministry of Energy and Industry". Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Qatar. Archived from the original on 2 July 2002. Retrieved 2 July 2009.
  4. ^ a b c d "HE Abdullah bin Hamad Al Attiyah" (PDF). OPEC. Archived from the original (PDF) on 3 July 2010. Retrieved 10 October 2010. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  5. ^ a b "Abdullah Bin Hamad Al Attiya". APS Diplomat Operations in Oil Diplomacy. 30 October 2000. Retrieved 2 July 2009.
  6. ^ "OPEC : 128th (Extraordinary) Meeting of the OPEC Conference". Retrieved 22 February 2019.
  7. ^ Baxter, Kevin (2 July 2009). "Qatar energy chief says UAE to join gas forum". Arabian Oil and Gas. Retrieved 2 July 2009.
  8. ^ Daya, Ayesha; Tuttle, Robert (30 June 2009). "Gas Producers Count on Oil-Linked Contracts in Qatar". Bloomberg. Retrieved 2 July 2009.
  9. ^ Medetsky, Anatoly (1 July 2009). "Russia Fails to Offer Gas Candidate". The Moscow Times. Archived from the original on 13 January 2013. Retrieved 2 July 2009.
  10. ^ Prosser, David (10 April 2007). "Gas exporters rule out a cartel, but opt for joint efforts on pricing". The Independent. Archived from the original on 23 June 2009. Retrieved 2 July 2009.
  11. ^ Tuttle, Robert (18 January 2011). "Qatar Names Al Sada Energy Minister, Replacing Architect of LNG Attiyah". Bloomberg. Retrieved 22 January 2011.
  12. ^ Harrabin, Roger (8 December 2012). "UN climate talks extend Kyoto Protocol, promise compensation". BBC News. Retrieved 8 December 2012.
  13. ^ "A life in energy: Qatar's Abdulla Al Attiyah". Oil & Gas Middle East. Retrieved 22 February 2019.
  14. ^ "HE Abdallah bin Hamad Al-Attiyah". The Telegraph. 24 February 2015. ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 22 February 2019.
  15. ^ "ABOUT US - Al-Attiyah Foundation". Retrieved 10 May 2019.
  16. ^ "Qatar becomes largest LNG producer: Attiyah". The Peninsula. 9 May 2007. Archived from the original on 17 July 2011. Retrieved 10 October 2010.
  17. ^ "Honorary Degrees". Texas A&M University. Retrieved 2 December 2018.