Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan

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May 28, 2022

Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan (September 7, 1948 - May 13, 2022); The second president of the United Arab Emirates and the sixteenth ruler of the emirate of Abu Dhabi, the largest of the seven constituent emirates, was elected president on November 3, 2004, succeeding his father, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan, the founder of the United Arab Emirates, and took over the presidency until his death on May 13, 2022. Sheikh Khalifa was born in Qal'at (Palace) Al Muwaiji in the city of Al Ain and was the eldest son of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, founder of the UAE. Sheikh Khalifa lived with his family in the city of Al Ain and received his school education there in the Al-Nahyaniya School established by his father. He spent most of his childhood in the oases of Al Ain and Al Buraimi with his father, who was ruling the Al Ain region at that time. Sheikh Khalifa kept pace with the history of the Emirates in all its stages. His father, Sheikh Zayed, was keen to accompany him in most of his activities and daily visits. He remained loyal to his father in his mission to improve the lives of tribes in the region and establish state authority, which had a great impact on teaching him the basic values ​​of responsibility, trust and justice. His first official position was when the Crown Prince of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi was the representative of the ruler in the eastern region and head of the courts in it. This position was of great importance in his life, and during his stay in the city of Al Ain, he had a wide opportunity for daily contact with citizens, to see their conditions, and to learn about their aspirations and hopes. On November 2, 2004; His father, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the first ruler of the United Arab Emirates after the establishment of the Federation in 1971, died. In his capacity as Crown Prince of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Khalifa became the ruler of the emirate immediately after his father’s death. On November 3, 2004, the Supreme Council of the Federation elected him under the chairmanship of Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum as President of the United Arab Emirates. Since assuming the rule of the emirate and the presidency of the state, he supervised and followed up on the development and modernization projects witnessed by all the emirate, and he supervised what was known as the oil partnership negotiations that reformulated oil policy and laid the foundations for a more just and equitable relationship with operating oil companies, and a follow-up to this role He assumed the presidency of the Supreme Petroleum Council, a position he still holds to this day. He also founded and chaired the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, which oversees the management of financial investments in the emirate within a strategic vision for the development of financial resources and to maintain stable sources of income for future generations. Sheikh Khalifa established the (Department of Social Services and Commercial Buildings), which was known among the people (the Sheikh Khalifa Committee), as it provided generous funds to citizens with