Princess Sabeeka Bint Ibrahim Al-Khalifa Biography
Sabika bint Ibrahim Al Khalifa is the Queen consort of Bahrain as the first wife of the present King of Bahrain, Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, and the mother of the Crown Prince, Salman bin Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa.
Sabeeka Bint Ibrahim Al-Khalifa Personal life
Born in Muharraq (1948) in the palace of her paternal grandfather, the late Shaikh Mohammed bin Isa bin Ali Al Khalifa. She was brought up in Riffa in the care of her maternal grandfather. Her mother Shaikha Fatima bint Salman Al Khalifa is the eldest daughter of His Highness Shaikh Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the former Ruler of Bahrain.
Her Royal Highness got married to His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa in 1968. They have four children (three sons and one daughter) and ten grandchildren (Six grandsons and four granddaughters).
– Their eldest son is His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince of Bahrain (born 21 October 1969), the Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Bahrain Defence Force.
– Abdullah bin Hamad Al Khalifa (born 30 June 1975).
– Khalifa bin Hamad Al Khalifa (born 4 June 1977).
– Najla bint Hamad Al Khalifa (born 20 May 1981).
Her Royal Highness studied in Bahraini Schools and attended several speicialised courses in the United Kingdom.
Honors and Awards
2002 : Her Royal Highness was conferred an Honorary Doctorate in Social Sciences by the China Women’s College, in appreciation of her active role in promoting women’s rights and welfare.
Her Royal Highness was awarded the Ahmed Al Fateh medal by His Majesty the King in appreciation of Her Royal Highness’s efforts towards the development and progress of Bahraini women in various fields.
2008 : Her Royal Highness was awarded the Shaikh Isa First Class Order by His Majesty the King.
2009: Granted the award of the Arab Towns Organization for Her Royal Highness’s efforts towards empowering Bahraini women, and her continued interest in protecting the environment and spreading greenery.
As the head of the Supreme Council for Women in Bahrain, Sabika bint Ibrahim Al Khalifa has encouraged the expansion of women’s political rights in Bahrain, encouraging women to vote in the 2001 elections, and, in June 2005, hosted the first ladies of the Arab world in Bahrain for the second meeting of the Higher Council of Arab Women Organisation.
She is also the chief patron of the Society for Women and Children in Bahrain and has addressed the United Nations General Assembly on topics such as Children – future action and Children – programme implementation.
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