His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan is President of the UAE. He was born in 1948 in Al-Ain, in the eastern region of the Abu Dhabi Emirate. He accompanied his father, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, from childhood, learning from him the arts of leadership, politics, wisdom, and genuine Arabic values. Raised in such an environment, H.H. Sheikh Khalifa has opened his house to all people wishing to meet him in order to discuss their worries and problems with utter eagerness and honesty as well as a sense of responsibility. He launched several initiatives for the benefit of the citizens with the blessing and sponsorship of his father, who delegated to him many missions especially in the field of internal construction.
He became the ruler of the Abu Dhabi Emirate following the death of the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan (May Allah grant him forgiveness) on November 2nd, 2004. He held the post of the President of the United Arab Emirates and the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, following his election by the Federation Supreme Council members during a meeting convened on November 3rd, 2004, at Al-Bateen Palace, according to Article 51 of the UAE permanent constitution.
H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan strongly believes in the value of work and construction. He loves falconry, fishing, and reading history and poetry books. He has long-standing expertise in running the Emirate of Abu Dhabis' affairs as well as the works of the Federal Council of Ministers, in addition to organizing defense affairs.
The most important leadership, military, and public positions H.H. Sheikh Khalifa has assumed are:
Representative of H.H. the Ruler of Abu Dhabi in the Eastern Region and the President of the Courts on 18-9-1966.
Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi - February 1, 1969.
Head of the Department of Defense of Abu Dhabi - February 2, 1969.
Head of the Council of Ministers of Abu Dhabi and Minister of Defense and Finance - July 1971.
Deputy Prime Minister of the Federal Government - December 1971.
Head of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi's Executive Council - 1974.
Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces - 1976.
President of the Supreme Petroleum Council..
Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Abu Dhabi Fund for Arab Economic Development.
Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority.
Chairman of the Board of the Arab Monetary Fund.
His most significant achievements are:
Supervising the formation of the Abu Dhabi Defense Force - 1969.
Contributing to the issuance of the Reorganization Act for the Abu Dhabi Government and participating in all activities aimed at bringing prosperity to the UAE and its citizens.
Making considerable contributions, when appointed as Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, to the modernization, build-up, and procurement of the most sophisticated weapons and equipment available.
In becoming Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and presiding over the Executive Council of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi in 1974, all authorities and departments finalized dozens of projects, especially in housing, water, electricity, roads, and public services within a few years.
Personally supervising the construction of 16 public hospitals in various parts of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. In addition, he inaugurated more than 12 private hospitals and 374 private clinics.
H.H. adopted the establishment of the Department of Social Services and Commercial Buildings that pledged to assist the citizens of Abu Dhabi in building and construction.
Directly supervising the oil resources of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi in his capacity as President of the Supreme Petroleum Council.