Like every other arriving visitor, I was wondering about the back story.
It’s become symbolic of Qatar’s position in the 2017–18 diplomatic crisis. Qatar has been boycotted by a Saudi-led coalition.
Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani became the 8th Amir of Qatar on 25 June 2013 after his father’s abdication. He’s only age-38 now.
A taxi driver told me he was a great and popular leader. But the Amir has his critics too.