Mozah bint Nasser Al Missned : biography
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Mozah bint Nasser Al Missned, DBE () is the second of the three wives of Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, former Emir of the State of Qatar.Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre (2012). H.H. Sheikha Moza Bint Nasser Al-Missned. Retrieved 25 June 2013 from http://themuslim500.com/profile/h-h-sheikha-moza-bint-nasser-al-missned.
Family & Children
She has seven children, five sons and two daughters:
- H.H. Sheikh Jasim bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani (born 1978) – Heir Apparent of Qatar until 2003
- H.H. Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, Prince of Qatar (born 1980) – Heir Apparent of Qatar (2003–2013), current Emir of Qatar
- H.E. Sheikha Al-Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani (born 1983)
- H.E. Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani (born 1985)
- H.E. Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani (born 1988)
- H.E. Sheikh Khalifa bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani (born 1991)
- H.E. Sheikha Hind bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani – director of the Emir's Office since 2009
Titles, styles, and honours
Titles and styles
- Mozah bint Nasser Al Missned (Birth–1977)
- Her Highness Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser Al Missned (1977–present/Now)
- Honorary Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) (2010, UK). - website Hellomagazine.com (French) : photos showing the decoration; see also : Medal of the World -
- Member of the Académie des Beaux-Arts (2009, France).
- Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic (07/11/2007, Italy).
- Doctor of Humane Letters (D.H.L.) from Virginia Commonwealth University (2003, Richmond, Virginia).
- Grand Cross of the Order of Isabella the Catholic (20/04/2011, Spain).
Early life and education
Sheikha Mozah is the daughter of Nasser bin Abdullah Al Missned (died in 2007), who was an opponent of Sheikh Khalifa bin Hamad bin Abdallah Al Thani, father of the former Emir. The family lived in exile in Egypt and Kuwait, but returned to Qatar for the Sheikha’s marriage. She married the Emir (at the time Heir Apparent) in 1977 at the age of 18, while she was attending Qatar University. She received her BA degree in Sociology from there in 1986.
Unlike many other monarchical wives in the Middle East, Sheikha Mozah has been a high-profile figure in her nation's politics and society, actively involved in Qatar's government. She was a driving force behind Education City and Al Jazeera Children's Channel. Additionally, she has been named as one of Forbes' 100 Most Powerful Women at #75.
As the public consort of the Emir, she has represented Qatar alongside her husband and on her own at many international events, including state visits and royal weddings. She has become known for her personal style, customising haute couture designs to fit Qatari modesty rules.
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