Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan

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Khalifa Al Nahyan
The President, Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil with the President of UAE, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahayan at the Ceremonial Reception, at Mushrif Palace, in Abu Dhabi on November 22, 2010 (cropped).jpg
Khalifa Al Nahyan in 2010
2nd President of the United Arab Emirates
Assumed office
3 November 2004
Prime MinisterMaktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Preceded byZayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan
Ruler of Abu Dhabi
2 November 2004
Preceded byZayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan
Personal details
Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan

(1948-09-07) 7 September 1948 (age 73)
Al Ain, Trucial States
(now United Arab Emirates)
Spouse(s)Shamsa bint Suhail Al Mazrouei (1964)[1]:48
Children6, including Mohammed and Sultan
MotherHassa bint Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Nahyan
FatherZayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan

Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan (born 25 January 1948) is the current President of the United Arab Emirates, Emir of Abu Dhabi, and commander of the UAE Armed Forces.

Biography[change | change source]

Khalifa was born to Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the first president of the United Arab Emirates (1971-2004) and emir of Abu Dhabi. During his youth, he attended the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst. He held a number of administrative posts throughout the 1960s before becoming the head of the Abu Dhabi Defense Force, which became the core of the UAE Armed Forces in 1971.

After the country became independent from the United Kingdom, Khalifa served in a number of government positions under his father, including Defense Minister, Finance Minister, and Prime Minister. He also held a number of other administrative offices during the 1970s. In 1976, Khalifa became the deputy supreme commander of the armed forces under his father.

He succeeded his father as the President of the United Arab Emirates and Emir of Abu Dhabi in November 2004. One of Khalifa's earliest reforms was announcing that the Federal National Council would have half of its members elected, but they other half would be appointed by the emirs.

A leaked diplomatic cable signed by the U.S. ambassador in 2010 described Khalifa as being an "uncharismatic personage."

Personal life[change | change source]

Khalifa is one of the richest monarchs in the world, with the Al Nahyan family having a $150 billion net worth in total.

References[change | change source]

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