Al Khalifa family

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Al Khalifa
Bahrain
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Country: Bahrain
Parent House: `AnizzahBani Utbah
Titles: King of Bahrain
Founder: Khalifa bin Mohammed[1]
Current Head: Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa
Founding Year: 1766[2]

The Al Khalifa family is the ruling royal family of Bahrain. The Al Khalifa are Sunni Islam. They belong to the Anizah tribe that came from Najd to Kuwait in the early 18th century. They are also from the Utub tribe. The current head of the family is Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa. He became the Emir of Bahrain in 1999 and made himself King of Bahrain in 2002.

As of 2010, about half of the cabinet ministers of Bahrain are from the Al Khalifa royal family.[3]. The country's Prime Minister, Khalifah bin Salman al-Khalifah, is also from the Al Khalifa family and is the uncle of the current King.

List of monarchs of Bahrain of the Al Khalifa family[change | edit source]

Name Years as ruler Title
Ahmed bin Muhammad bin Khalifa 1783–1796 Hakim
Abdullah bin Ahmad Al-Khalifa, ruling jointly with
Salman bin Ahmad Al-Khalifa
Khalifah bin Sulman Al-Khalifa
1796–1843
1796–1825
1825–1834
Hakim
Hakim
Hakim
Muhammad bin Khalifah Al-Khalifa 1834–1842
1849–1868
1869-1869
Hakim
Ali bin Khalifah Al-Khalifa 1868–1869 Hakim
Muhammad bin Abdullah Al-Khalifa 1869-1869 Hakim
Isa bin Ali Al-Khalifa 1869–1932 Hakim
Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa 1932–1942 Hakim
Salman bin Hamad Al-Khalifa 1942–1961 Hakim
Isa bin Salman Al-Khalifa 1961–1971
1971–1999
Hakim
Amir
Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa 1999–2002
2002 -
Amir
King

In public office[change | edit source]

Public offices in Bahrain that Al Khalifa family members have:

Office Name
Prime Minister Khalifa ibn Salman Al Khalifa (Uncle of King Hamad)
Minister of Foreign Affairs Khalid ibn Ahmad Al Khalifah
Minister of Defence Khalifa bin Ahmed Al Khalifa
Minister of Interior Rashid bin Abdullah Al Khalifa
Minister of Information Fawaz bin Mohammed Al Khalifa
Minister of Finance Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Khalifa
Minister of Justice & Islamic Affairs Khalid bin Ali Al Khalifa
Minister of Culture Mai bint Mohammed Al Khalifa
Minister of Transport (also Deputy Prime Minister) Ali bin Khalifa Al Khalifa
Minister of the Royal Court Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa
Minister of the Royal Court for Followup Affairs Ahmed bin Ateyatalla Al Khalifa
Minister of Royal Court Affairs Ali bin Isa Al Khalifa
Deputy Prime Minister for Ministerial Committees Muhammad ibn Mubarak ibn Hamad Al Khalifah
Deputy Prime Minister Khalid bin Abdullah Al Khalifa
Minister of State for Defence Affairs Mohammed bin Abdullah Al Khalifa
Supreme Commander of Armed Forces Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa (King)
Deputy Supreme Commander of Armed Forces Salman bin Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa (Crown Prince)
Chief of Staff of Bahrain Defence Force Khalifa bin Ahmad Al Khalifa
Advisor to Prime Minister for Security Affairs Abdulaziz bin Ateyatallah Al Khalifa
Chairman of the Supreme Judicial Council Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa (King)
Chief Justice of Bahrain (President of the Court of Cassation) Khalifa bin Rashid Al Khalifa
Commander of the National Guard Mohammed bin Isa Al Khalifa (brother of King Hamad)
National Guard Staff Director Mohammed bin Abdulaziz Al Khalifa
Commander of the Royal Bahraini Air Force Hamad bin Abdullah Al Khalifa
Director of the National Security Agency Khalifa bin Abdullah Al Khalifa
Chief of the Information Affairs Authority Fawaz bin Mohammed Al Khalifa (2010-present)[4]
Ambassador to London Khalifa bin Ali bin Rashid Al Khalifa
Commander of the Royal Guard Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa (son of King Hamad)
Chairman of the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs Abdullah bin Khalid Al Khalifa
Chairman of the Supreme Council for Youth and Sport Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa (son of King Hamad)
First Deputy Chairman of the Supreme Council for Youth and Sport Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa (son of King Hamad)
Secretary General of the Supreme Council for Youth and Sport Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa
President of the Bahrain Olympic Committee Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa (son of King Hamad)
Secretary General of the Bahrain Olympic Committee Ahmed bin Hamad Al Khalifa (son of King Hamad)
CEO of the Bahrain Olympic Committee Khalid bin Abdullah Al Khalifa
President of the Bahrain Royal Equestrian and Endurance Federation Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa (son of King Hamad)

Other notable members[change | edit source]

References[change | edit source]