Abdullah Al-Salim Al-Sabah

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Abdullah Al-Salem Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah
Gamal Abdel Nasser with Shaikh Abdullah III Al-Salim Al-Sabah.jpg
Reign 29 January 1950 – 24 November 1965
Predecessor Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah
Successor Sabah III Al-Salim Al-Sabah
Father Salim Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah
Born (1895-01-01)1 January 1895
Died 24 November 1965(1965-11-24) (aged 70)

Abdullah III Al-Salim Al-Sabah (1895 – 24 November 1965) (Arabic: عبد الله الثالث السالم الصباح‎) was the 1st Emir of Kuwait and the Commander of the Military of Kuwait from 29 January 1950 until his death, and the eldest son of Salem Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah. As the eleventh ruler of the al-Sabah dynasty in Kuwait, he took power after the death of his cousin Sheikh Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah. He also ruled as regent upon the death of his father until the election of Sheikh Ahmad.

Unlike his predecessors, he was more pro-Arab than pro-British. He effectively ended the British "protectorate" status of Kuwait by signing a treaty with the British on 19 June 1961. As a man he was known to be modest, of considerable intelligence and for having a keen interest in matters of the intellect. His reign coincided with turbulent times in the middle-east as well as the rest of the third world. He introduced the Constitution of Kuwait in 1962, followed by the parliament in 1963.[1]

Death[edit]

Sheikh Abdullah Al-Salim died two years later after suffering from a heart attack and was succeeded by his half-brother, Sabah III Al-Salim Al-Sabah. He was also the father of Sheikh Saad Al-Abdullah Al-Salim Al-Sabah, who ruled briefly in January 2006.[2]

Titles[edit]

  • 1895–1938: Sheikh Abdullah bin Salim Al-Sabah
  • 1938–1950: Abdullah bin Salim Al-Sabah, CIE
  • 1950–1952: His Highness Abdullah III bin Salim Al-Sabah, Sheikh of Kuwait and dependencies, CIE
  • 1952–1956: His Highness Sheikh Sir Abdullah III bin Salim Al-Sabah, Sheikh of Kuwait and dependencies, KCMG, CIE
  • 1956–1959: His Highness Sir Abdullah III bin Salim Al-Sabah, Sheikh of Kuwait and dependencies, KCMG, CIE, KStJ
  • 1959–1961: His Highness Sir Abdullah III bin Salim Al-Sabah, Sheikh of Kuwait and dependencies, GCMG, CIE, KStJ
  • 1961–1965: His Highness Sir Abdullah III bin Salim Al-Sabah, Emir of Kuwait, GCMG, CIE, KStJ

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Abdullah Al-Salim Al-Sabah
Born: 1895 Died: 24 November 1965
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Himself, as Sheikh of Kuwait and dependencies
Emir of Kuwait
1961–1965
Succeeded by
Sabah III Al-Salim Al-Sabah
Preceded by
Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah
Sheikh of Kuwait
1950–1961
Succeeded by
Himself, as Emir of Kuwait