Khalifa between Zayed Al-Nahyan


May 22, 2022

Khalifa bin Zayed Al-Nahyan (born 7 September 1948 in Qasr Al Muwaiji near Al Ain in the Treaty of the United States, died 13 May 2022 in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates) was President of the United Arab Emirates and Emir of Abu Dhabi. On May 14, 2022, Sheikh Khalifa's half-brother Mohamed bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan was appointed Sheikh Khalifa's successor as President of the Emirates.

Life and work


Sheikh Khalifa was the son of Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan (1918–2004), most commonly referred to as Sheikh Zayed. His father was known as the architect behind the creation of the United Arab Emirates, and was the Emirates' first president. Sheikh Khalifa was the half-brother of, among others, Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

Political management positions

After his father took control of the entire emirate of Abu Dhabi on September 18, 1966, Khalifa bin Zayid Al-Nahyan became his representative in the eastern district of the emirate, with an administrative seat in Al Ain, and on February 1, 1969, he became his father's successor in the eastern district. . When Abu Dhabi's Armed Forces was established on February 2, 1969, he became Minister of Defense, overseeing the build-up of military power. At the reorganization of the government in Abu Dhabi on July 1, 1971, he became Prime Minister as well as Minister of Finance and Defense. At the founding of the United Arab Emirates on December 2, 1971, Khalifa bin Zayed Al-Nahyan was appointed Prime Minister of the whole; his was became president. In May 1976, he took over the post of Deputy Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, which until this time was divided between the various emirates and thus was under the command of the respective emirates. He was also chairman of the Supreme Petroleum Council in Abu Dhabi, which exercised great power in energy matters.


He took over the post of emir on November 3, 2004 from his father Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, who died the day before. While his father was ill, he had held the presidency before, and while his father was president, Khalifa bin Zayed Al-Nahyan was the country's prime minister and vice president from 1971. The emir was known for his sports interests. Above all, he appreciated traditional national sports such as horse and camel racing. The Burj Khalifa skyscraper in Dubai, the world's tallest building when it was completed in January 2010, was named after himself. It was originally supposed to be called the Burj Dubai. Aftenposten claimed in 2011 that he was a dictator. Towards the end of March 2011, Khalifa sent the United Arab Emirates Air Force to support the military intervention in Libya against Muammar Gaddafi, alongside forces from NATO, Qatar, Sweden and Jordan. He was married to Shamsa bint Suhail Al Mazrouei and had eight children. Sheikh Khalifa suffered a stroke in 2014, and as of January 2022, it was believed that his three half-brothers Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed al Nahyan, Tahnoun bin Zayed al Nahyan and Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan were the real rulers of the Emirates.


On May 13, 2022, it was announced that Khalifa bin Zayed Al-Nahyan was dead. He was buried at the Al Bateen Cemetery in Abu Dhabi. His half-brother Mohammed succeeded him as ruler of Abu Dhabi at his death, and Mohammed was formally elected president of the United Arab Emirates on May 14, 2022.