sheikh mohamed bin zayed

Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan became the President of the UAE after his brother Sheikh Khalifa passed away in May 2022.

He is the third son of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al-Nahyan, the UAE’s first President, who led from 1971 until 2004.

Sheikh Mohamed has worked with his late father, Sheikh Zayed, and his late brother, Sheikh Khalifa, along with other emirate rulers, to increase the UAE’s growth and security.

Due to his efforts the UAE became a center for business and innovation with a population of over nine million people from 200 countries.

Sheikh Mohamed continues to invest in education, health, and infrastructure for the further success of the UAE. He is also popular among his people because he enjoys interactions with the citizens.

Early Life and Education

Early Life

During Sheikh Mohamed’s early years, Abu Dhabi was going through a major positive change. The following events took place in the first ten years of his life:

  • Abu Dhabi started to export Oil in the year 1962.
  • His father: Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan became the ruler of Abu Dhabi in 1966.
  • The United Arab Emirates was founded in 1971 and his father was made the first president.

Education

Sheikh Mohamed’s education wasn’t just formal schooling. He also spent time in his father’s majlis and with tribal elders. He attended schools in Al Ain, Abu Dhabi, and the Royal Academy in Rabat.

Sheikh Mohamed trained at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, the UK’s well-known military academy, graduating in 1979.

Military Career

After his graduation in 1979, Sheikh Mohamed joined the Emirati Air Force. During the Persian Gulf War, he became a close ally to the U.S. military, acting as a crucial liaison for security coordination.

In 2005, Sheikh Mohamed was made the deputy supreme commander of the UAE Armed Forces and promoted to the rank of lieutenant general.

Family and Personal Interests

Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed was born on March 11, 1961, in Al Ain, which was part of the Trucial States at the time.

He married Sheikha Salama bint Hamdan bin Mohamed Al Nahyan in 1981. They have four sons and five daughters:

  • Sheikha Mariam
  • Sheikh Khaled
  • Sheikha Shamsa
  • Sheikh Theyab
  • Sheikh Hamdan
  • Sheikha Fatima
  • Sheikha Shamma
  • Sheikh Zayed
  • Sheikha Hassa.

They also have two adopted daughters, Amina and Salha, and 15 grandchildren.

Sheikh Mohamed loves falconry and poetry, especially the Nabati style. Nabati is a kind of poetry from this area. He enjoys these hobbies in his free time.

Sheikh Mohamed, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi

In 2004, when Mohamed’s brother Khalifa became emir after their father’s death, Mohamed became crown prince of Abu Dhabi emirate. He also became the chairman of Abu Dhabi’s Executive council in the same year. The executive council manages the daily affairs.

Afterward, he played a big role in diversifying Abu Dhabi’s economy and improving education. When Khalifa had a stroke in 2014, Mohamed took on many of his responsibilities.

The United Arab Emirates, under Sheikh Mohamed’s leadership, took a more active role in regional affairs. They supported Bahrain during protests in 2011 and joined the US-led campaign against ISIS in 2014.

After Khalifa passed away in May 2022, Mohamed was chosen as president by the Federal Supreme Council of the United Arab Emirates.

Influence of Sheikh Mohamed

Subheading: Military Leadership

Sheikh Mohamed has upgraded the UAE’s military by purchasing over 80 F-16 jets and developing its military industry and Special Forces. These have been used in conflicts like Iraq, Somalia, and Yemen. UAE now also hosts the world’s largest defense expos.

Economic development

Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan holds a big influence due to Abu Dhabi’s vast oil reserves. He leads the oil company and manages a huge sovereign wealth fund. He’s overseen big projects like man-made islands and museums.

Sustainable development

Sheikh Mohamed supports sustainable development in Abu Dhabi, backing green technologies with a $15 billion pledge for clean energy like solar and wind power. He’s also passionate about falconry and works to protect falcons and other local species.

Philanthropy

Sheikh Mohamed has donated billions to causes like fighting human trafficking and providing vaccines. The Abu Dhabi Fund for Development, in its 50 years, has given over AED 150 billion for projects worldwide. UAE promotes religious tolerance, allowing various places of worship.

Key Moments

December 2023

His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan opens COP28 and announces a $30 billion fund for global climate solutions during the Global Climate Action Summit.

September 2023

His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed celebrates Emirati astronaut Sultan Al Neyadi’s return from a historic six-month mission on the International Space Station. Al Neyadi set records as the longest-serving Arab astronaut and the first Arab to conduct a spacewalk.

May 2022

Sheikh Mohamed is elected UAE President, succeeding Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, after his passing.

His Highness Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan is the ruler of Abu Dhabi.

Sheikh Hamdan is the Dubai’s crown prince.

Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan founded the UAE.

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