Government

1940's
Khalifa Bin Yousef

1940's Khalifa Bin Yousef
1948–The Ruler's Palace-Al Hosn Fort-Abu Dhabi
Khalifa Bin Yousef holding a meeting with the representative of the British Government.
(Source: BP)

Khalifa Bin Yousef played a prominent role in the politics of Abu Dhabi and held multiple esteemed official positions simultaneously. He was the Political Adviser to the ruler of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Shakhbut Bin Sultan Al Nahyan. He also headed the Ruler's Office, was the Ruler's Secretary and General Aide. At the time of his death on August 13, 1971, Khalifa Bin Yousef was known as the last mayor of Abu Dhabi.

1905 – 11 February 1989
Sheikh Shakhboot Bin Sultan Al Nahyan

Sheikh Shakhboot Bin Sultan Al Nahyan

Sheikh Shakhbut Bin Sultan Al Nahyan.

The ruler of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Shakhbut Bin Sultan Al Nahyan was the eldest son of Sheikh Sultan (II) Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, who ruled Abu Dhabi from 1922 to 1926. Sheikh Shakhbut succeeded his uncle Sheikh Saqr Bin Zayed Al Nahyan in 1928. Sheikh Shakhbut Bin Sultan Al Nahyan was the ruler of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi until 6th August 1966.

1966 - 1971
Khalifa Bin Yousef

Khalifa Bin Yousef
Khalifa Bin Yousef Al Suwaidi – 1971
  • In January 1968, he became a member in a committee responsible for investigating passport issues and reported to His Highness, The Ruler of Abu Dhabi.
  • In February 1968, he applied to establish a banking company under the name of the National Bank of Abu Dhabi and became its founder.
  • In March 1968, he became the chairman, the major shareholder, and a member of the first Board of Directors at the National Bank of Abu Dhabi.
  • In May 1969, he became a member of the Abu Dhabi Planning Council and in August 1969, he became the vice-president of the Municipal Council at the Municipality of Abu Dhabi. In the same month, the Ruler of Abu Dhabi permitted him to establish the Abu Dhabi Television Company.
  • In September 1969, he established the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce, in which he was also a board member..
  • Later, in October 1969, he was appointed as a board member on the committee that oversaw investments of government funds; today this is known as the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA
  • A few years later, in August 1971, he was appointed as the Vice Chairman and Undersecretary of the Ministry of Municipalities & Agriculture for Abu Dhabi.

1966 - 2004
Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan

Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan
Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan

Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, son of Sheikh Sultan Bin Zayed, the traditional ruler of Abu Dhabi (1922-1926), was the ruler of Abu Dhabi and the President of the UAE from 1918 until 2 November 2004.

In 1946, prior to becoming the ruler of the whole of Abu Dhabi, he was the ruler of the Eastern Region of the Emirate.

Named after his famous grandfather, Sheikh Zayed Bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, who ruled the Emirate from 1855 to 1909, he succeeded his brother, Sheikh Shakhbut Bin-Sultan Al Nahyan on August 6, 1966.

He is known as the principal architect and founder of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and for over 30 years (1971-2004) he was the ruler of Abu Dhabi and the P resident of the UAE.

Sheikh Zayed was first appointed for the presidency of the UAE in 1971 by the six Sheikhs of the Supreme Council, and was re-appointed four more times, in 1976, 1981, 1986, and 1991. He was considered to be a relatively liberal ruler, and was respected around the world for his unifying influence and his drive to make the Emirates one nation.

2004
Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan

Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan
Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan

Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan is the eldest son of Sheikh Zayed. He is the current president of the United Arab Emirates and the Emir of Abu Dhabi. He succeeded his father on November 3, 2004.

Born in 1948, Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan was appointed as a Crown Prince in 1969 and over the years he held several influential positions in Abu Dhabi's government. He was the Prime Minister of Abu Dhabi, Minister of Defense and the Minister of Finance.

When the union was first established in 1971, Sheikh Khalifa assumed the office of Deputy Prime Minister in the first federal cabinet. In 1974, he presided over the Executive Council of the Abu Dhabi Emirate, and in 1976, was appointed as the Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.

Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan continues the traditions of the great men of his family with thought and care. He is known for his philanthropy and drive to work for the welfare and prosperity of the UAE citizens. He also set up the several billion dirhams Khalifa Housing Fund in 1979 to facilitate the financing of the construction of affordable residential and commercial buildings.

Today, Abu Dhabi is run by the current Crown Prince, his Royal Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the son of the ‘Father of the Nation’, the late ‘Father of the Nation’ and the UAE’s first president. As well as being the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan is the Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, which is a well-earned title since he underwent his formal further education at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. His legacy thus far includes the overhaul of the UAE Armed Forces related to training, organization, defense capabilities and strategic planning. Sheikh Mohamed’s meticulous leadership and guidance transformed the UAE Armed Forces into a military organization recognised and admired by his international contemporaries.

Another legacy of the current Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi is Education, which is an area that Sheikh Mohamed is personally passionate about. Sheikh Mohamed took on the Chairmanship of the Abu Dhabi Education Council and has since then worked toward enhancing Abu Dhabi’s education and bringing it up to the best international standards.

2014
HH Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan

HH Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan
HH Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan

Today, Abu Dhabi is run by the current Crown Prince, his Royal Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the son of the ‘Father of the Nation’, the late ‘Father of the Nation’ and the UAE’s first president. As well as being the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan is the Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, which is a well-earned title since he underwent his formal further education at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. His legacy thus far includes the overhaul of the UAE Armed Forces related to training, organization, defense capabilities and strategic planning. Sheikh Mohamed’s meticulous leadership and guidance transformed the UAE Armed Forces into a military organization recognised and admired by his international contemporaries.

Another legacy of the current Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi is Education, which is an area that Sheikh Mohamed is personally passionate about. Sheikh Mohamed took on the Chairmanship of the Abu Dhabi Education Council and has since then worked toward enhancing Abu Dhabi’s education and bringing it up to the best international standards.