Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan

2nd president of the United Arab Emirates

Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan (25 January 1948 – 13 May 2022) was the President of the United Arab Emirates, Emir of Abu Dhabi, and commander of the UAE Armed Forces.


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
In office
3 November 2004 – 13 May 2022
Prime MinisterMaktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Preceded byZayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan
Succeeded byMohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan
Ruler of Abu Dhabi
Reign
2 November 2004 – 13 May 2022
Preceded byZayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan
Succeeded byMohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan
Personal details
Born
Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan

(1948-09-07)7 September 1948
Al Ain, Trucial States
(now United Arab Emirates)
Died13 May 2022(2022-05-13) (aged 73)
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

BiographyEdit

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 Defence 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. He was Defence 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 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".

The Al Nahyan family had $150 billion net worth in total.

In January 2014, Khalifa had a stroke and had bad health afterwards.[2]

Khalifa died on 13 May 2022 at the age of 73.[3]

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ReferencesEdit

  1. "Liwa" (PDF). Retrieved 5 February 2017.
  2. "Sheikh Khalifa's condition stable as he recovers from stroke". The National. Abu Dhabi. 25 January 2014. Retrieved 16 July 2014.
  3. "President Sheikh Khalifa dies aged 73". The National. 2022-05-13. Retrieved 2022-05-13.