H.H Lt. General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan is the Minister of Interior in the United Arab Emirates. Prior to his ministerial appointment in October 2004, His Highness occupied several leadership positions. He was the Deputy Director of the Capital Police in 1994–1995 before becoming the Director General of the Abu Dhabi Police on October 23, 1995. On December 25, 1997 His Highness became the Under Secretary of the Ministry of Interior, retaining this post until his appointment as Minister of Interior.
On December 30, 2004 he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant General in accordance with Federal Decree No. 84 of 2004. He was re-elected Minister of Interior in the Government formed by H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.
H.H Lt. General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan is a pioneer in the realm of change and development in police work and his mark is evident in many achievements realized in recent years. Characterized by an openness of mind, he provides support for federal matters without overlooking local concerns. He believes in the importance of developing a non-policing role for the police and is convinced about the need to activate the youth in the state.
His achievement in the realms of Police and Security includes launching the Community Police Project in 2003, founding the Ministry of Interior’s centers for rehabilitating persons with special needs in 2002 and the Social Support Center in 2004. He also directed the five-year plan for the strategic development of the Abu Dhabi Police (2004–2008), the five-year plan for the Ministry of Interior and oversaw the restructuring of the Abu Dhabi Police. Moreover, he sought a permanent solution to the problem of child jockeys in camel races and initiated a number of practical security measures to counter this problem. He also launched the “iris scan” project – which has succeeded in preventing more than 114,000 persons from returning to the UAE since the project was implemented nationwide – and launched the project of the EmiratesIdentity Authority.
His Highness participated in several training sessions, including the special training session for paratroopers in 1991. He has received several medals and honors, including the Order of Merit for Dedicated Service in 2000, the Red Crescent Charitable medal, and the Order of Merit of the International Civil Defense Organization, ICDO (Commander Rank).
His Highness obtained a B.Sc in Political Science (with a specialization in Political and Administrative Sciences) from the United Arab Emirates University in Al Ain. After graduating from the university he joined the Police College in the second foundation session for graduates in 1990.