Prof. Naimi was born in 1956 in Qatar. He earned his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Qatar in 1977, and his Master’s in 1981. He was awarded his PhD in Chemistry from the University of Southern California in the US in 1983.
Prof. Naimi started his academic career as a lecturer (1983) at the Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, University of Qatar. He was appointed Associate Professor in 1988, and became a Full Professor at the same university in 1995.
Besides his academic career, Prof. Naimi was appointed as Vice Dean of the Faculty of Science (1988), Dean (1992) of the same faculty, and President of the University of Qatar (1994), a position that he held for a number of years.
As Qatar occupies a leading world position in natural gas production, Prof. Naimi became involved in basic as well as applied research programs dealing with the conversation of natural gas into liquid hydrocarbon products.
The real interest of Prof. Naimi lies in his commitment to promote science and technology in the Islamic countries by participating in meetings and encouraging initiatives to develop cooperation between Muslim scientists.
Prof. Naimi is a member of the Supreme Council of Education, Qatar 1993-to date. He is a Board Member of the Centre for Research on Muslim Contributions to Civilization (1987), and he is Chairman of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, Qatar, 1994. He is also a member of the International Movement for Leisure Activities in Science and Technology, 1987. Prof. Naimi is a member of the International Association of University Presidents, 1994-to date. He is President of University Senate, Qatar University since 2007.
Prof. Al Naimi served for many years as Chairman of the Doha International Centre for Interfaith Dialogue (DICID); and since December 2017; as under secretary of the Ministry of Education and Higher Education.
He was elected as a Fellow of the Islamic World Academy of Sciences in 2000.