About His Highness the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi
Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan was born on 11 March 1961. Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, He is the third son of Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the first President of the United Arab Emirates and and the brother of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE,
The personal life
Political and business careerSheikh Mohammed bin Zayed is married to His Highness Sheikha Salama Bint Hamdan Al Nahyan and has four sons and five daughters:
- Sheikha Mariam bint Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan
- Sheikh Khaled bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan
- Sheikha Shamsa bint Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan
- Sheikh Diab bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan
- Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan
- Sheikha Fatima bint Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan
- Sheikha Shamma bint Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan
- Sheikh Zayed bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan
- Sheikha Hassa bint Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan
Education, Political and business career
Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan was educated at schools in Al Ain and Abu Dhabi until the age of 18. In 1979, he joined the prestigious Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, where he trained in armour, helicopter flying, tactical flying and paratroops. After graduating in April 1979, he returned home to the UAE to join the Officers’ Training Course in Sharjah, another Emirate of the UAE. He has held a number of roles in the UAE military, from that of Officer in the Amiri Guard (the UAE’s elite security force) and Pilot in the UAE Air Force, to his current role as Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.
Guided by the directives of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan and President HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, HH Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed helped develop the UAE Armed Forces in terms of strategic planning, training, organizational structure and promoting defense capabilities. Sheikh Mohamed’s direct guidance and leadership, led the UAE Armed Forces to become a leading institution that is widely admired by many international military organisations.
Sheikh Mohamed also holds a number of political and economic roles at an Emirate level and a wider Federal level in the UAE.
Among his many interests, His Highness is known for his unwavering commitment to enhance educational standards in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and raise them to be on par with the best international standards. Since Sheikh Mohamed took on the Chairmanship of the Abu Dhabi Education Council he has worked tirelessly to forge partnerships with prestigious world-class educational institutions and think-tanks, a number of which have subsequently announced plans to either establish a base in or join strategic joint ventures with existing academic establishments, under the direction of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed, the President of UAE and the Ruler of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.
Government positions and decorations
In addition to his military responsibilities, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed was the chief security advisor to his late father, Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, and Vice-President of Abu Dhabi in November 2003. Since December 2004 he has also been the Vice President of the Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council, which is responsible for the development and planning of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and is a member of the Supreme Petroleum Council.
HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed is an active member of the Supreme Petroleum Council, which deals with oil and energy affairs.
Sheikh Mohammed received many medals from the UAE, Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait, Oman, Jordan, Morocco, Pakistan, USA, UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, China, South Korea, Malaysia and the United Nations.