President of the United Arab Emirates

The president of the United Arab Emirates, or the Raʾīs (Arabic: رَئِيْس), is the head of state of the United Arab Emirates (UAE).[1][2]

President of the United Arab Emirates
Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan

since 14 May 2022
StyleHis Highness
StatusHead of state
Member ofFederal Supreme Council
ResidenceQasr Al Watan
SeatAbu Dhabi
AppointerFederal Supreme Council
Term length5 years, renewable
Constituting instrumentConstitution of the United Arab Emirates
Inaugural holderZayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan
Formation2 December 1971; 50 years ago (1971-12-02)
DeputyMohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
WebsiteOfficial website

The president and vice-president are elected every five years by the Federal Supreme Council. Though the UAE prime minister is formally appointed by the president, every UAE vice-president simultaneously serves as prime minister. Generally the ruler of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi holds the presidency and the ruler of the Emirate of Dubai holds the vice-presidency and premiership. The president is also the commander-in-chief of the UAE Armed Forces.

Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan was widely credited with unifying the seven emirates into one nation. He was the UAE's first president from the formation of the UAE until his death on 2 November 2004. He was succeeded by his son, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan who died in office on 13 May 2022.[3] Following his brother's death, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan was elected the third and current president of the UAE by the Federal Supreme Council on 14 May 2022.[4]

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