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Mishal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah

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Mishal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah
Emir of Kuwait
Emir of Kuwait
Reign16 December 2023 – present
PredecessorNawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah
Prime MinisterAhmad Nawaf Al Ahmad
Mohammad Sabah Al-Salem Al-Sabah
Deputy Chief of National Guard
In office2004–2020
PredecessorNawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Saba
SuccessorAhmad Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah
Born (1940-09-27) 27 September 1940 (age 83)
SpouseNuria Sabah Al-Salem Al-Sabah
Munira Badah Al-Mutairi
Issue12 (5 sons and 7 daughters)
Arabicمشعل الأحمد الجابر الصباح
FatherAhmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah
MotherMaryam Marit Al-Huwaila

Mishal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah (Arabic: مشعل الأحمد الجابر الصباح; also spelled Meshal, Mishaal or Meshaal; born 27 September 1940) is the Emir of Kuwait since 16 December 2023. Before becoming emir at aged 83, he was the oldest crown prince in the world.[1][2]

Crown prince[change | change source]

Crown Prince Nawaf became emir after the death of his half-brother Sabah on 29 September 2020. According to Kuwaiti law, Nawaf had one year to pick his crown prince. After a record-short eight days, he picked his half-brother Mishal on 7 October.[3]

His pick was controversial as it showed the royal family preferred to pick older options rather than a newer generation such as Prime Minister Nasser Al-Mohammed Al-Sabah and Deputy Prime Minister Nasser Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah.[4]

On 2 September 2021, Mishal spoke with US Vice President Kamala Harris about US-Kuwait relations and Kuwait's role in the evacuation of Afghanistan.[5]

Mishal has also represented Kuwait at important events abroad, including the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey, London in 2022[6] and the wedding of Hussein, Crown Prince of Jordan in 2023.[7]

Emir[change | change source]

Mishal became the emir of Kuwait after the death of his half-brother Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, on 16 December 2023 at the age of 86.[8][9]

Personal life[change | change source]

Mishal has two wives: Nuria Sabah Al-Salem Al-Sabah and Munira Badah Al-Mutairi. He has 12 children: five sons and seven daughters.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Kuwait Emir Nawaf Al Sabah names Sheikh Meshal Al Sabah as new crown prince". The National. 7 October 2020.
  2. "Kuwait Assembly approves Sheikh Meshal as Crown Prince". Gulf Business. 8 October 2020.
  3. "Kuwait Assembly approves Sheikh Mishal as Crown Prince". Gulf Business. 8 October 2020. Archived from the original on 22 September 2022. Retrieved 15 June 2023.
  4. "Factbox: Who will be Kuwait's next crown prince?". Reuters. 1 October 2020. Archived from the original on 30 June 2023. Retrieved 15 June 2023.
  5. "Readout of Vice President Harris Call with Crown Prince Mishal Al-Ahmad Al-Jabir Al-Sabah of Kuwait". White House. 2 September 2021. Archived from the original on 24 September 2023. Retrieved 15 June 2023.
  6. "Queen Elizabeth II's Funeral: Arab Royals Pay Their Respects Ahead of The Ceremony". Harper's Bazaar. 19 September 2022. Archived from the original on 24 October 2022. Retrieved 24 October 2022.
  7. Syed, Armani (2 June 2023). "Jordan's Crown Prince Is Getting Married. Here's What We Know About the Lavish Royal Wedding". Time Magazine. Archived from the original on 21 October 2023. Retrieved 15 June 2023.
  8. "Sheikh Mishal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah named Emir of Kuwait". Public Television Company of Armenia. 2023-12-16. Retrieved 2023-12-16.
  9. "Who is Sheikh Meshal? The new emir of oil-rich Kuwait". WION. 2023-12-16. Retrieved 2023-12-16.