Our Rulers

He has been called, rightly, the ‘Father of the Nation’, for, in nearly sixty years of involvement in Government, he laid the foundations for the state of today, now ably guided along the path he prepared by his son and successor, President HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan. No assessment of the UAE’s achievements today can overlook his role.

Born around 1918 in Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Zayed was the youngest of the four sons of Sheikh Sultan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler of Abu Dhabi from 1922 to 1926. He was named after his grandfather, Sheikh Zayed bin Khalifa, who ruled the emirate from 1855 to 1909. Abu Dhabi, like the other emirates of the southern Arabian Gulf, was then in treaty relations with Britain.

The emirate was poor and undeveloped and life, even for members of the ruling family, was simple. In 1926, a family conclave selected Sheikh Shakhbut, Sheikh Sultan’s eldest son, to become Ruler. He held the post until August 1966, when he stepped down in favour of his brother Zayed.

As Sheikh Zayed grew to manhood, he displayed a thirst for knowledge that took him out into the desert to learn about the way of life of the people. He recalled with pleasure his initiation into the sport of falconry, a lifelong passion.
In a book published in 1977, Sheikh Zayed noted that the companionship of a hunting party . . . permits each and every member of the expedition to speak freely and express his ideas and viewpoints without inhibition and restraint, and allows the one responsible to acquaint himself with the wishes of his people, to know their problems and perceive their views accurately, and thus to be in a position to help and improve their situation.”

In 1946, Sheikh Zayed was chosen as Ruler’s Representative in the Eastern Region of Abu Dhabi, centred on the oasis of Al Ain. This enabled him to learn the techniques of government as well as deepening his knowledge of the tribes. He brought to his new task a firm belief in the values of consultation and consensus and he swiftly established himself as someone who had a clear vision of what he wished to achieve.

Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, late ruler of Dubai is an honest attempt at understanding the man who “led his pocket-sized Gulf emirate to unprecedented prosperity based not only on oil but also on trade”.

Being the ruler’s son was probably not such an attractive proposition during Sheikh Rashid’s youth when the pearl-driven Gulf economies crashed with the emergence of the cultured pearl. In 1929, a 17-year-old Sheikh Rashid witnessed Dubai’s ‘Great Depression’. Boats lay idle, merchants went bankrupt and unemployment was widespread. Against the backdrop of a fragile economy set in a harsh desert landscape, Sheikh Rashid made his first moves to build one of of the most prosperous city-states in the world.

Born in Al Shindagha, Dubai to the Al Maktoum family of the Al Bu Falasah tribe, he first became Prime Minister on 9 December 1971 and served until 25 April 1979 when he was replaced by his father, Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum. Following the latter’s death on 7 October 1990 he resumed his position as Prime Minister and also took over as Ruler of Dubai. He served in both positions until his death on 4 January 2006.

Sheikh Maktoum also briefly served as acting President of the United Arab Emirates on 2–3 November 2004 following the death of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan until Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan was proclaimed and installed as President of the United Arab Emirates on 4 November 2004.

Sheikh Maktoum ran the emirate of Dubai along with his two brothers, Sheikh Mohammed (Crown Prince and Minister of Defense) and Sheikh Hamdan (Minister of Finance) of the United Arab Emirates. Internationally, he was also known as co-owner (with his brothers) of Dubai’s Godolphin Stables, which competes in major horse races around the world.

Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid al Maktoum died on the morning of 4 January 2006, suffering a heart attack. He was succeeded by his brother, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum as ruler of Dubai.

His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan is the second President of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the 16th Ruler of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, the largest of the seven Emirates which comprise the UAE. Born in 1948, in the Eastern Region of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Khalifa is the eldest son of Sheikh Zayed. His mother is Her Highness Sheikha Hessa bint Mohammed bin Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and his full name is Khalifa bin Zayed bin Sultan bin Zayed bin Khalifa bin Shakhbout bin Theyab bin Issa bin Nahyan bin Falah bin Yas. Sheikh Khalifa is married to Her Highness Sheikha Shamsa bint Suhail Al Mazrouei, and together they have eight children: two sons and six daughters. His Highness is also a grandfather to several grandchildren. After his father’s passing and his accession to the role of the President of the UAE, Sheikh Khalifa launched an initiative to evolve the nomination system for members of the Federal National Council, which was seen as a first step towards the establishment of direct elections in the UAE. Sheikh Khalifa is renowned as being a good listener, modest, affable and interested in his people, frequently conducting direct outreach through official missions and other occasions. As a result he is much loved and revered. His Highness has many hobbies, including fishing and falconry, both pastimes he developed a love for from his father, the late Sheikh Zayed.

These interests have extended to personal support he has given to a number of environmental initiatives, including breeding and release programmes for falcons and the Houbara Bustard in the Arabian Peninsula and Central Asian regions. His environmental ambassadorship led to the appointment of a Minister for the Environment in the first cabinet formed under his Presidency. Sheikh Khalifa is also a sports fan, and often attends sporting events. He has championed and honoured the successes of Emirati sporting teams at the local, regional and international levels. His other interests include history and literature.

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His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum is the United Arab Emirates? Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai. He was born on July 15, 1949, in the Al Maktoum home in Shindagha, near Dubai’s famous creek. He is the third of four sons for His Highness Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum’, Their Highnesses Sheikh Maktoum, Sheikh Hamdan and Sheikh Ahmed. Sheikh Mohammed lived a happy childhood. His parents (Sheikh Rashid and Sheikha Latifa) and his grandfather (His Highness Sheikh Saeed bin Maktoum Al Maktoum, the late Ruler of Dubai)

HIS HIGHNESS SHEIKH MOHAMMED BIN RASHID AL MAKTOUM

WE WILL BRING MINDS TOGETHER FOR A BETTER FUTURE …

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum is the United Arab Emirates? Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai. He was born on July 15, 1949, in the Al Maktoum home in Shindagha, near Dubai’s famous creek. He is the third of four sons for His Highness Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum’, Their Highnesses Sheikh Maktoum, Sheikh Hamdan and Sheikh Ahmed. Sheikh Mohammed lived a happy childhood.

His parents (Sheikh Rashid and Sheikha Latifa) and his grandfather (His Highness Sheikh Saeed bin Maktoum Al Maktoum, the late Ruler of Dubai) showered him with love, and he enjoyed bonded family. Sheikh Mohammed and his brothers found their natural playmates among their cousins and the children of Dubai’s major trading families, the sheikhdom’s equivalent of an aristocracy. Sheikh Mohammed was an athletic and energetic child; an enthusiastic participant in traditional children’s games such as Luhol and Huwaim, better known as tag and hopscotch. Even as a toddler he liked nothing better than to kick a ball around the sandy courtyard of the house. Family friend, Hamad bin Sougat, remembers Sheikh Mohammed as an active youngster. “He was forever on the move, playing games and exploring. He was inquisitive and wanted to know what was going on around him”. Sheikh Saeed held his daily Majlis on wooden benches by the entrance to their Shindagha home. Despite the fact that these gathering were casual rather than formal, they formed an early learning environment for Sheikh Mohammed who was very close to his grandfather, Sheikh Saeed, and often seen sitting next to him Saeed. Sheikh Mohammed learned hunting in his early childhood, especially falconry, the noble Arabian sport. He has always felt himself attracted to the intensity of this sport to return to his noble Arabian roots and as a spiritual gateway from the increasingly modernizing world.

CHILDHOOD AND EDUCATION

Sheikh Mohammed was born in 1949. He is the third of Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum’s four sons. Sheikh Maktoum, Sheikh Hamdan and Sheikh Ahmed are his brothers. Sheikh Mohammed enjoyed a happy and carefree early childhood in the Al Maktoum family’s Al Shindagha home.From an early age he was taught hunting, especially the noble Arabian sport of falconry.

The Maktoum brothers were also taught the rudiments of horsemanship by their father. From the age of four, he was privately tutored in Arabic and Islamic Studies. In 1955, he began his formal education at Al Ahmedia School, a small primary school in Deira. In August 1966, Sheikh Mohammed flew to London accompanied by his cousin, Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum. They enrolled in the Bell School of Languages, in Cambridge, one of Europe’s best-regarded language schools. Sheikh Mohammed attended Mons Officer Cadet School, in Aldershot, about 40 miles from London in the south of England. During the latter stages of the six-month course, he was promoted to Senior Under Officer of Kohema and was later awarded the Sword of Honour for achieving the highest mark of any Foreign and Commonwealth officer cadet in his intake.

A MAN WITH A GREAT VISION

Sheikh Mohammed embodies energetic and successful leadership. He is a man who has made promises and kept them; he has insisted on excellence and achieved nothing less; he has defined the role of leadership and fulfilled it.Thanks to his vision, Sheikh Mohammed has competently authored the Dubai success story in record time and put the UAE on a unique path, which nations around the world compete to replicate. Sheikh Mohammed has come up with several directives and laws aimed at providing a decent living to the nationals and residents in this country.

He turned his attention to people, inspecting projects and following up people’s concerns across the UAE. He inspected progress in all emirates, met residents and ordered changes that needed to be carried out. He undertook groundbreaking initiatives at an astonishing pace.The past few years witnessed unique achievements for Sheikh Mohammed both locally and regionally. We in the United Arab Emirates are dedicated a new education paradigm, notwithstanding some recent setbacks on account of the world financial crisis. We’re urging our Arab brethren to do the same.Our ancestors had their own form of globalization. Through free trade and scientific inquiry, they brought great wealth and enlightenment to Arab societies. We want to rekindle that spirit of daring in the Arab world. There aren’t any other viable options, because we are in danger of being left behind in a relentlessly competitive world. Investing in education means investing in the permanent peace and security that our people deserve.

Photo Album of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum

The Journey of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum

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Quotes of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum

We in the United Arab Emirates, led by my brother, UAE President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, are continuing the work begun by the late His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan and our father the late His Highness Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum in the early 1970s, when they took the first steps towards forming our blessed federation.

Our aid has humanitarian objectives only; it is never governed by politics or limited by the geography, race, color or religion of the beneficiary. We provide humanitarian capital and are a major relief station for the poor; we do not hesitate to help and support the brother, the ill-fated friend or the needy wherever they are. This is our message to the world, and this is the United Arab Emirates.

My mother, may her soul rest in peace, shaped my personality; thanks to her, I have acquired many values, good traits and skills.

We strive to eradicate the commercial borders and obstacles between Arab countries so that we may achieve the dream of economic unity because political unity amongst Arabs has become a distant fantasy.

Dubais success is an extension of Abu Dhabi?s success and vice-versa. The same dynamic applies to the other emirates; Sharjah, Ajman, Umm Al Quwain, Ras Al Khaimah and Fujairah. The union of these seven emirates represents an unshakable force and an impregnable fortress that cannot be weakened by challenges. This union is the source of all our confidence and our strength.

We should always be practical, realistic and optimistic.

His-Highness-Sheikh-Hamdan-bin-Mohammed-His Highness General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, is the son of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, ‘Father of the Nation’ and the first President of the UAE, and the brother of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE. In 1979, he joined the prestigious Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, where he trained in armour, helicopter flying, tactical flying and paratroops. After graduating in April 1979, he returned home to the UAE to join the Officers’ Training Course in Sharjah, another Emirate of the UAE.

HIS HIGHNESS GENERAL SHEIKH MOHAMED BIN ZAYED AL NAHYAN

His Highness General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, is the son of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, ‘Father of the Nation’ and the first President of the UAE, and the brother of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE. In 1979, he joined the prestigious Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, where he trained in armour, helicopter flying, tactical flying and paratroops. After graduating in April 1979, he returned home to the UAE to join the Officers’ Training Course in Sharjah, another Emirate of the UAE. He has held a number of roles in the UAE military, from that of Officer in the Amiri Guard (the UAE’s elite security force) and Pilot in the UAE Air Force, to his current role as Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces. Guided by the directives of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan and President HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, HH Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed helped develop the UAE Armed Forces in terms of strategic planning, training, organizational structure and promoting defense capabilities.

Sheikh Mohamed’s direct guidance and leadership, led the UAE Armed Forces to become a leading institution that is widely admired by many international military organisations. Sheikh Mohamed also holds a number of political and economic roles at an Emirate level and a wider Federal level in the UAE. Among his many interests, His Highness is known for his unwavering commitment to enhance educational standards in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and raise them to be on par with the best international standards. Since Sheikh Mohamed took on the Chairmanship of the Abu Dhabi Education Council he has worked tirelessly to forge partnerships with prestigious world-class educational institutions and think-tanks, a number of which have subsequently announced plans to either establish a base in or join strategic joint ventures with existing academic establishments, under the direction of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed, the President of UAE and the Ruler of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.

CHILDHOOD & EDUCATION

His Highness Sheikh Mohamed was born in Al Ain on 11 March 1961. His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan was educated at schools in Al Ain and Abu Dhabi until the age of 18. He is the third son of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, founding President of the UAE.

He grew up under the watchful eye of his father and his mother, Her Highness Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak.His Highness’ full name is Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed bin Sultan bin Zayed bin Khalifa bin Shakhbout bin Theyab bin Issa bin Nahyan bin Falah bin Yas.​ His Highness received his formal education in the UAE and England and graduated from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in 1979.

PASSION OF HIS HIGHNESS

His Highness Sheikh Mohamed was born in Al Ain on 11 March 1961. His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan was educated at schools in Al Ain and Abu Dhabi until the age of 18. He is the third son of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, founding President of the UAE.

He grew up under the watchful eye of his father and his mother, Her Highness Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak.His Highness’ full name is Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed bin Sultan bin Zayed bin Khalifa bin Shakhbout bin Theyab bin Issa bin Nahyan bin Falah bin Yas.​ His Highness received his formal education in the UAE and England and graduated from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in 1979.

Photo Album of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed

Quotes of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed

Best known by his pen name of Fazza, this poet and member of United Arab Emirates royalty was given the title of Sheikh upon his birth. In 2008, he became Crown Prince of Dubai.
After studying at the Dubai School of Government and the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst (in England), he entered the London School of Economics.His published poems are known for their themes of patriotism, romance, and family.
He grew up in the Sunni Islam faith as the son of Mohammed Bin-rashid Al-maktoum and Hind bint Maktoum bin Juma Al Maktoum. He is the second of thirteen children.

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His Highness Sheikh Humaid bin Rashid al-Nuaimi the emir of Ajmān.

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