President of the United Arab Emirates

The president of the United Arab Emirates or the Raʾīs (Arabic: رَئِـيْـس‎) is the head of state of the United Arab Emirates. The president and prime minister are elected every 5 years by the Federal Supreme Council. Usually, a sheikh from the Emirate of Abu Dhabi holds the presidency and a sheikh from the Emirate of Dubai the premiership. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan is the UAE's founding father and widely accredited for unifying the seven emirates into one country. He was the UAE's first president from the nation's founding until his death on 2 November 2004. On the following day the Federal Supreme Council elected his son, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, to the post.[1] The president is also the commander-in-chief of the UAE Armed Forces.

President of the
United Arab Emirates
Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan

since 3 November 2004
StyleHis Royal Highness
Member ofFederal Supreme Council
ResidenceQasr Al Watan
SeatAbu Dhabi
AppointerFederal Supreme Council (de jure)
Hereditary Succession (de facto)
Term length5 years, no term limit (de jure)
Life tenure (de facto)
Constituting instrumentConstitution of the United Arab Emirates
Inaugural holderZayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan
Formation2 December 1971
DeputyMohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum (de jure)
Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan (de facto)
WebsiteOfficial website
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The current president is Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan. Sheikh Khalifa became president on 3 November 2004, following the death of his father, Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.

Presidents of the United Arab Emirates (1971–present)

No. President of the United Arab EmiratesTook officeLeft officeTime in officeEmirate
Al Nahyan, ZayedZayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan
زايد بن سلطان آل نهيان

2 December 19712 November 2004 32 years, 336 daysAbu Dhabi
Al Maktoum, MaktoumMaktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum
مكتوم بن راشد آل مكتوم

2 November 20043 November 20041 dayDubai
Al Nahyan, KhalifaKhalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan
خليفة بن زايد آل نهيان

(born 1947)
3 November 2004Incumbent15 years, 37 daysAbu Dhabi


See also

  • List of Prime Ministers of the United Arab Emirates


  1. "UAE". Retrieved 12 February 2016.
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