Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan was the President of the United Arab Emirates, the Emir of Abu Dhabi, and the supreme commander of the United Arab Emirates Armed Forces from 2004 to 2022.
He was also the Chairman of the Supreme Petroleum Council from the late 1980s.
As the crown prince, Khalifa was responsible for some aspects of the presidency from the late 1990s until his father Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan’s health problems.
He succeeded his father as the emir in Abu Dhabi on the 2nd of November 2004, and the presidency of the United Arab Emirates on the following day.
He was one of the most wealthy monarchs in the world during his reign. He was the chairman of the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, which managed $875 billion of assets.
This is the largest asset management organization by a head of state of a country. The Al Nahyan family collectively is thought to have a fortune worth $150 billion.
On 4 January 2010, the world’s tallest man-made structure, originally known as Burj Dubai, was renamed the Burj Khalifa in his honor, after Abu Dhabi gave Dubai $10 billion to help pay off debts. Forbes included Khalifa on its 2018 list of the most powerful people in the world.
Khalifa suffered a stroke in January 2014. He was then stabilized after the surgery. Khalifa then took a lower profile role in state affairs, but still retained his ceremonial presidency powers.
His half-brother Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan handled public affairs of state and day to day decision-making for the Emirate.
Born on September 7, 1948, in Qasr AlMuwaiji, Al Ain, United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Khalifa died on May 13, 2022, at the age of 73.
How Many Children Does Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Have?
Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan had eight children; two sons and six daughters.
Mohammed bin Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan are his sons.
Sheikha bint Zayed Al Nahyan, Mouza bint Zayed Al Nahyan, Salama bint Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Shamma bint Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Osha bint Zayed Al Nahyan, and Lateefa bint Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan are his daughters.
Sheikha Shamsa bint Suhail Al Mazrouei is their mother.