Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan

Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan GCMG (Arabic: محمد بن زايد بن سلطان آل نهيان; born 11 March 1961), colloquially known by his initials as MBZ,[1] is the third president of the United Arab Emirates and the ruler of Abu Dhabi. He is seen as the driving force behind the UAE's interventionist foreign policy and is a leader of a campaign against Islamist movements in the Arab world.[2][3]

Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan
محمد بن زايد آل نهيان
Mohamed in 2021
3rd President of the United Arab Emirates
Assumed office
14 May 2022
Prime MinisterMohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Vice PresidentMohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Preceded byKhalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan
Ruler of Abu Dhabi
Assumed office
13 May 2022
Preceded byKhalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan
Personal details
Born (1961-03-11) 11 March 1961 (age 61)
Al Ain, Trucial States
(m. 1981)
Children9, including Khalid
EducationRoyal Military Academy Sandhurst
Military career
AllegianceUnited Arab Emirates
Service/branchUnited Arab Emirates Air Force
Years of service1979–present
Commands heldCommander-in-Chief
Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces
Deputy Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces
Commander of the Air Force and Air Defence
WebsiteMohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan on Twitter
Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan on Instagram

In January 2014, when his half-brother Sheikh Khalifa, the president of the UAE and ruler of Abu Dhabi, suffered a stroke, Mohamed became the de facto ruler of Abu Dhabi, controlling almost every aspect of UAE policymaking.[4] He was entrusted with most day-to-day decision-making of the emirate of Abu Dhabi as the crown prince of Abu Dhabi.[5] Academics have characterized Mohamed as the strongman leader of an authoritarian regime.[6][7][8][9] In 2019, The New York Times named him as the most powerful Arab ruler and one of the most powerful men on Earth.[9][10] He was also named as one of the 100 Most Influential People of 2019 by Time.[11] After the death of Sheikh Khalifa on 13 May 2022, Mohamed became the ruler of Abu Dhabi;[12] he was elected to the presidency of the United Arab Emirates the next day.[13]

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