Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah

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Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah
جابر مبارك الحمد الصباح
Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah.jpg
Prime Minister of Kuwait
Assumed office
4 December 2011
Monarch Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah
Preceded by Nasser Mohammed Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah
Deputy Prime Minister of Kuwait
In office
11 July 2007 – 4 December 2011
Prime Minister Nasser Mohammed Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah
Preceded by Muhammad Sabah Al-Salem Al-Sabah
Succeeded by TBD
Minister of Defence
In office
7 February 2006 – 4 December 2011
Prime Minister Nasser Mohammed Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah
Preceded by Mahbob Al-Sabah
Succeeded by Ahmad al-Hamoud al-Sabah
Personal details
Born (1942-01-05) 5 January 1942 (age 72)
Kuwait City, Kuwait
Political party Independent
Religion Sunni Islam

Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah (Arabic: جابر مبارك الحمد الصباح‎, born 5 January 1942)[1] is a member of the Kuwaiti ruling family and prime minister.


Sabah was first appointed Prime Minister of Kuwait on 4 December 2011. On 5 December 2012, Kuwait's ruler reappointed him as prime minister following the parliamentary election on 1 December 2012.[2] He also served as first deputy prime minister and minister of defense.

Sheikh Jaber began his career an advisor at the administrative affairs department in the Amiri Diwan in 1968 and served there until 1971. Then, he served as director of the administrative affairs department in the Diwan until 1975. He went on to become assistant undersecretary of administrative and financial affairs at the Diwan until 1979.

In that year, he became a governor, serving from 1979 to 1985 at Hawally and from 1985 to 1986 at Ahmedy. He was made the minister of social and labor affairs and served in office from 1986 to 1988. He was the minister of information from 1988 to 1990.

After the liberation of Kuwait, Sheikh Jaber became advisor to the office of the Amir, a position he held until 2001. On 14 February of that year that he was named as deputy prime minister and minister of defense.

In 2004, Sheikh Jaber became chairman of the supreme council of environment. In 2006, he was appointed first deputy prime minister, as well as minister of interior and minister of defense. The following year, he was named first deputy prime minister and minister of defense. In 2010, Sheikh Jaber became chairman of the supreme council for the disabled.

In January 2014 it was announced that he had reshuffled his five-month old cabinet replacing seven members, including the oil and finance ministers, and raising the number of Islamists to four. The move came two weeks after all the ministers submitted their resignations to Prime Minister Shaikh Jaber Mubarak Al Sabah after several cabinet members, including the premier himself, were quizzed by MPs. Emir Shaikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah, who is the head of the state, on Monday accepted the resignation of seven of the 15 ministers and decreed the appointment of new faces. The new cabinet line-up includes a new oil minister, Ali Al Omair, a lawmaker who is a senior member of the Islamist Salaf Alliance. He replaced Mustafa Al Shamali, who served in the post for just five months after serving several years as finance minister.[3]


He is a patron of the Sheikh Mubarak Al Hamad Al Sabah Journalism award, created in 2008 to honor excellence in Kuwaiti journalism.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Sheikh Jaber is married and has children. He is an avid falconer and actively engaged in many philanthropic initiatives worldwide.

Titles, styles and honours[edit]

Monarchical styles of
The Prime Minister of Kuwait
Coat of arms of Kuwait.svg
Reference style His Highness
Spoken style Your Highness
Alternative style Sheikh

Titles and styles[edit]

  • His Excellency Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah (1942–2011)
  • His Highness Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, Prime Minister of the State of Kuwait (2011–present)

Honours and awards[edit]

In 2007, King Hamad bin Issa Al Khalifa awarded Sheikh Jaber the "Medal of King Issa First Class," following his visit to Bahrain where he took part in the Middle East Forum on Internal and World Security.

In 2009, he became the first Arab to be awarded Japan's highest honor conferred on foreigners, Order of the Rising Sun, Grand Cordon.[5] The Imperial Decoration of "Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun" was bestowed by Japan's Emperor Akihito at a ceremony at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. The distinction was awarded in recognition of Sheikh Jaber's contributions to promoting mutual understanding as well as political, diplomatic, and environmental ties between Kuwait and Japan.

See Also[edit]


  1. ^ "Profiles of new Kuwaiti cabinet members". Kuwait News Agency. 9 March 2012. Retrieved 9 March 2012. 
  2. ^ "Kuwait's ruler reappoints PM, calls for new cabinet". Reuters. Retrieved 5 December 2012. 
  3. ^ Kuwait prime minister reshuffles cabinet Gulf News. 7 January 2014. Retrieved 10 September 2014.
  4. ^ Kuwait's Sheikh Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah Journalism Awards Now Open Press Release, Al Madar. 5 July 2010
  5. ^ Kuwait minister becomes first Arab to get top Japanese decoration for foreigners Toumi, Habib. Gulf News. 5 November 2009

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Political offices
Preceded by
Mahbob Al-Sabah
Minister of Defense
Succeeded by
Ahmad al-Hamoud al-Sabah
Preceded by
Muhammad Sabah Al-Salem Al-Sabah
Deputy Prime Minister of Kuwait
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Nasser Mohammed Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah
Prime Minister of Kuwait