Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan

Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan GCMG (Arabic: محمد بن زايد آل نهيان, romanized: Moḥamed bin Zāyed Āl Nahyān; born 11 March 1961), colloquially known by his initials as MBZ,[2] is an Emirati politician and businessman who is the third president of the United Arab Emirates and the ruler of Abu Dhabi.

Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan
Mohamed in 2021
3rd President of the United Arab Emirates
Assumed office
14 May 2022
Prime Minister
Vice President
Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
PredecessorKhalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan
Ruler of Abu Dhabi
Reign13 May 2022 – present
PredecessorKhalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan
Born (1961-03-11) 11 March 1961 (age 61)
Al Ain, Trucial States
(m. 1981)
  • Sheikha Mariam
  • Sheikh Khaled
  • Sheikha Shamsa
  • Sheikh Theyab
  • Sheikh Hamdan
  • Sheikha Fatima
  • Sheikha Shamma
  • Sheikh Zayed
  • Sheikha Hassa
  • Amina (adopted)
  • Salha (adopted)
sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed bin Sultan bin Zayed bin Khalifa bin Shakhbout bin Theyab bin Issa bin Nahyan bin Falah bin Yas[1]
Arabic: محمد بن زايد بن سلطان بن زايد بن خليفة بن شخبوط بن ذياب بن عيسى بن نهيان بن فلاح بن ياس
FatherZayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan
MotherFatima bint Mubarak Al Ketbi
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

Mohamed is the third son of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, who was the first president of the UAE and the ruler of Abu Dhabi. Zayed died in November 2004 and was succeeded in his posts by his eldest son, Mohamed's half-brother Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed. When Khalifa suffered a stroke in January 2014, Mohamed became the de facto ruler of Abu Dhabi, controlling almost every aspect of UAE policymaking.[3] He was entrusted with most day-to-day decision-making of the emirate of Abu Dhabi as the crown prince of Abu Dhabi.[4] Academics have characterized Mohamed as the strongman leader of an authoritarian regime.[5][6][7][8] In 2019, The New York Times named him as the most powerful Arab ruler and one of the most powerful men on Earth.[8][9] He was also named as one of the 100 Most Influential People of 2019 by Time.[10] After the death of Sheikh Khalifa on 13 May 2022, Mohamed became the ruler of Abu Dhabi;[11] he was elected to the presidency of the United Arab Emirates the next day.[12]

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