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Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan is the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces. He became Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi in November 2004 and was appointed Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces in January 2005. Later that month, he was promoted to the rank of General. Since December 2004, he has also been the Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council.

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan has held many positions of authority and draws upon a wealth of diverse experiences. In January 1993, His Highness was appointed Chief-of-Staff of the UAE Armed Forces and held the rank of Lieutenant General from January 24, 1994 until January 2005, when he was promoted to the rank of General. On November 30, 2003, His Highness was appointed Deputy Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi. On January 6, 2004, His Highness was appointed the Deputy Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council.

His Highness received his formal education in the UAE and England and graduated from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in 1979.

His military training included courses in basic armor, basic flying, helicopter conversion, tactical flying, and basic paratroops. He has also completed the Staff College course. His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan's experience encompasses commanding an armored unit, a Gazelle helicopter squadron, the Air School and the Air College. He has been Commander of the UAE Air Forces and Air Defence, Deputy Chief-of-Staff of the UAE Armed Forces, and Chief-of-Staff of the UAE Armed Forces.

In addition to his military responsibilities, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan was the principal advisor on security issues to Founder of the UAE, the Late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan (may God bless his soul). His Highness Sheikh Mohammed is the President of the ECSSR and an active member of the Supreme Petroleum Council, which has policy jurisdiction over oil and energy issues. He is also Head of the Abu Dhabi Council for Economic Development (ADCED), which is the premier economic planning institution in the UAE.

His Highness is also the Head of the Mubadala Development which, since its establishment in 2002, represents the main investment vehicle for the Government of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi to achieve sustainable social and economic benefits for the Emirate. His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan is also the Head of the UAE Offsets Group. In addition, His Highness is the Head of the Abu Dhabi Education Council which was set up in September 2005 to develop education and vocational training.

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan has received numerous citations and decorations from the UAE, the Kingdom of Bahrain, Qatar, the Kingdom of Morocco, Pakistan, the United States, the United Kingdom, France, and Italy.

Born in 1961, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan is married and is the father of nine children.