The late Sheikh Sultan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the representative of His Highness the President of the United Arab Emirates, was born in Abu Dhabi in 1955, and he is the second son of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, so named after his grandfather Sultan bin Zayed bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, Former ruler of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.
Sheikh Sultan passed away on Monday 18 November 2019, when he passed away at the age of 64. The Ministry of Presidential Affairs announced the official mourning in the United Arab Emirates for a period of 3 days with flags flown at half-mast.
The Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and His Highnesses members of the Supreme Council of the Federation, the rulers of the Emirates, as well as the sheikhs and guardians, attended the funeral prayer for the body of the late Sheikh Sultan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, on Tuesday Corresponding to 20 November 2019 at the Sheikh Sultan bin Zayed First Mosque in the Al-Bateen area in the UAE capital, Abu Dhabi. Here is the most important information about Sheikh Sultan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, may God have mercy on him.
Sultan bin Khalifa Al-Nahyan Profile
Education of Sheikh Sultan bin Zayed Al Nahyan
May God has mercy on him received his initial education in the Emirates of Al Ain and Abu Dhabi, while he continued his education in the Lebanese capital Beirut, and graduated from the Sandhurst Royal Military College in Britain in 1973. In addition, he also attended several military courses in both Pakistan and Egypt.
He is Sultan bin Zayed bin Khalifa bin Shakhboot bin Issa bin Nahyan Al Nahyan, the second son of Sheikh Zayed, founder of the UAE. Sheikha Shamsa bint Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, the mother of Sheikh Sultan bin Zayed bin Nahyan.
He is the half-brother of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the current President of the United Arab Emirates. Among his brothers, Sheikh Tahnoon bin Zayed Al Nahyan, a member of the Executive Council – Chairman of the Amiri Aviation Authority.
Sons of Sheikh Sultan bin Zayed
The sheikh, may God have mercy on him, has six children, two sons, and 4 daughters. They are:
- Hazza bin Sultan
- Khalid bin Sultan
- Salama bint Sultan
- Al-Yazia is a girl Sultan
- Latifa bint Sultan
- Maryam Bint Sultan
Positions held by Sheikh Sultan Al Nahyan
The Forgiver, God willing, held a number of high-level positions throughout his life, as he held the position of Deputy Prime Minister in the Government of the United Arab Emirates, and the position of Chairman of the Department of Works in the Government of Abu Dhabi, Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces, Deputy Commander of the Abu Dhabi Defense Forces and Commander of the Western Military Region.
His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the State, issued on August 28 of 2009 a Federal Decree to appoint Sheikh Sultan bin Zayed Al Nahyan as the representative of His Highness the President of the State. According to this position, His Highness the Sheikh assumed all the duties assigned to him by the Head of State, whether inside or outside the state.
- He was appointed Deputy Commander of the Abu Dhabi Defense Forces in 1974
- He assumed the position of Commander of the Western Military Region in 1976
- Appointed Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces in 1978
- He took over the presidency of the Emirates Football Association from 1976 until 1981
- He assumed the leadership of the Public Works Department in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi in 1988
- The position of Deputy Prime Minister in 1990
- He established and headed the Emirates Heritage Club in 1993
He was also a member of:
- Supreme Petroleum Council
- Sports clubs and circles
- Abu Dhabi Investment Authority Board of Directors
While his father Sheikh Zayed entrusted him in the year under the chairmanship of the symposium “The Future of the Arab World and the Role of the League of Arab States” in 1997. It is the symposium that gave rise to the Zayed Center for Coordination and Follow-up. In addition, It aims to enhance Arab intellectual, cultural and research cooperation. It also, keen to enhance the Arab dialogue with various World cultures.
About Sheikh Sultan Al Nahyan
Sheikh “may God have mercy on him” known for his keen interest in preserving the Emirates heritage, customs, and traditions. He held the position of President of the Emirates Heritage Club and devoted to his follow-up and attention in particular. He also served as President of the Sultan Bin Zayed Center for Culture and Information.
His hobbies expanded, God willing, and reached the sport of falconry, while his highness, forgiven by God’s permission, attached great importance to equestrianism. He established an equestrian club in accordance with international standards and foundations. He also had a private library abundant in Emirati books and texts.
The death of Sheikh Sultan bin Zayed Al Nahyan
The news of His Highness Sheikh’s death came as a thunderbolt for the people of the Emirates after Sheikh Sultan bin Zayed’s disease managed to leave him on Monday 18 November 2019. As Sheikh Sultan bin Zayed was full of accomplishments and dedication to the service and advancement of the UAE.
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