Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan

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His Highness
Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan
Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan.jpg
Minister of Foreign Affairs
of the United Arab Emirates
Incumbent
Assumed office
9 February 2006
President Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan
Prime Minister Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Preceded by Rashid Abdullah Al Noaimi
Minister of Information and Culture
of the United Arab Emirates
In office
23 March 1997 – 9 February 2006
President Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan
Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan
Prime Minister Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Preceded by Khalfan bin Mohammed Al Roumi
Succeeded by Delete office
Personal details
Born (1972-04-30) 30 April 1972 (age 42)
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Spouse(s) Al Yazia bint Saif bin Mohammed Al Nahyan
Children Fatima
Mohammed
Zayed
Saif
Alma mater United Arab Emirates University
Father Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan
Mother Fatima bint Mubarak Al Ketbi

Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan (born 30 April 1972) is the United Arab Emirates minister of foreign affairs. He is the son of the founder of UAE, the First President, Emir (ruler) of Abu Dhabi, Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.

Minister of Foreign Affairs[edit]

Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan was appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs of the United Arab Emirates on 9 February 2006.

During his tenure as Minister of Foreign Affairs, the UAE has witnessed a rapid expansion of its diplomatic relations with countries in Latin America, the South Pacific, Sub-Saharan Africa and East Asia as well as a consolidation and strengthening of its relations with Western countries.

As Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sheikh Abdullah launched a number of international forums, including the Sir Bani Yas Forum the Global Forum on Relationships between the Arab World, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Arab League countries dialogue with Pacific Island States.

Abdullah attends the UNFCCC climate change negotiations; in 2011 he led the UAE delegation at the G20 Summit in Cannes, France; and he has supported UN Women since it was established. From 2010-2012 he served as a member of the UN Secretary-General's High-level Panel on Global Sustainability, which issued the report Resilient People, Resilient Planet: A Future Worth Choosing] in 2012.

He is a Global Champion of the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative, launched by William Hague, the UK Foreign Secretary in 2012.

He has advocated international action on countering piracy and supporting stability and development in Somalia. To further these goals, he established an annual high-level Counter Piracy Conference in the UAE.

In 2009 Sheikh Abdullah headed the UAE’s international campaign to rally support for the UAE’s successful bid to host the headquarters of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). He supported Dubai’s winning bid to host the World Expo 2020.

Other roles[edit]

Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed is a member of the UAE’s National Security Council, Deputy Chairman of the UAE’s Permanent Committee on Borders, Chairman of the National Media Council, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Emirates Foundation for Youth Development, Deputy Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) and Board Member of the National Defense College.

Previous roles[edit]

Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed served as Minister of Information and Culture from 1997 to 2006. Previously, he served as Chairman of Emirates Media Incorporated, Chairman of the UAE Football Association (1993-2001), and as the Under Secretary of the Ministry of Information and Culture from 1995 to 1997.

Social initiatives[edit]

Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed is active on social media through his twitter handle @ABZayed, under which he promotes social initiatives and interacts directly with tweets and mentions.

He is an ambassador of the Abu Dhabi Reads Campaign, which aims to encourage younger generations to read. As part of the campaign, he visited an elementary school in Abu Dhabi where he spent time interacting with students and reading stories to them.

Personal life[edit]

Abdullah bin Zayed was born in Abu Dhabi on the 30 April 1972. He holds a degree in Political Science from UAE University. He is married to Sheikha Alyazia bint Saif Al Nahyan and has four children: Fatima, Mohammad, Zayed, and his new born child Saif.