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Khalifa bin Zayed an-Nahayan
Arabic: khalīa bin zāyad bin sultān 'an-nahyān

Khalifa ibn Zayed al-Nahayan
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(1948-) President of United Arab Emirates (UAE) 2004-, emir of Abu Dhabi since 2004.
It is believed that he belongs to the same moderate line as his father Zayed ibn Sultan an-Nahayan. He is noted for cooperating closely with other tribes. Among his main achievements prior to becoming president, was to create a social services department which has helped to improve the standard of living.
He has also been the chairman of the Supreme Petroleum Council for years; it is one of the most powerful institutions of UAE.


1948: Born in the Al-Ain oasis, as the eldest son of Zayed bin Sultan an-Nahayan.
1966: Becomes the governor of the eastern provinces of Abu Dhabi.
1969: Is named crown prince of Abu Dhabi.
1971 December: Becomes deputy prime minister of UAE.
1976 May: Becomes deputy commander of the armed forces.
2004 November 3: Is appointed new president of UAE, following the death of his father.

By Tore Kjeilen