Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan

Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan (Arabic: زَايِد بِن سُلْطَان آل نَهْيَان, romanized: Zāyed bin Sulṭān Āl Nahyān; 6 May 1918 – 2 November 2004) was an Emirati politician, statesman, and philanthropist who served as the first president of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) from 1971 until his death in 2004.[1][2] He is credited as the founding father[3][4][5][6] and the principal driving force behind the formation of the UAE, uniting seven emirates. He was also the ruler of Abu Dhabi from 1966 until his death.[7]

Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan
Official portrait, 1971
1st President of the United Arab Emirates
In office
2 December 1971 – 2 November 2004
Prime Minister
Vice President
Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum
Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum
PredecessorPost established
SuccessorKhalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan
Emir of Abu Dhabi
Reign6 August 1966 – 2 November 2004
PredecessorShakhbut bin Sultan Al Nahyan
SuccessorKhalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan
Born(1918-05-06)6 May 1918[1]
Abu Dhabi (majority view, see text), Emirate of Abu Dhabi, Trucial States (now the UAE)
Died2 November 2004(2004-11-02) (aged 86)
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Issuesee list
Zayed bin Sultan bin Zayed bin Khalifa Al Nahyan
HouseAl Nahyan
FatherSultan bin Zayed Al Nahyan
MotherSalama bint Butti Al Qubaisi

Zayed replaced his older brother Sheikh Shakhbut bin Sultan as the ruler of Abu Dhabi on 6 August 1966 after Shakhbut was deposed through a bloodless coup by members of the ruling family with British support.[8]

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