Shakhbut bin Sultan Al Nahyan

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This is an Arabic name; the family name is Al Nahyan.
Shakhbut Bin Sultan Al Nahyan
Ruler of Abu Dhabi
Reign 1928–1966
Predecessor Saqr I bin Zayed Al Nahyan
Successor Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan
Spouse Sheikha Mariam bint Rashid Al Otaiba[1]
House Al Nahyan family
Father Sultan II bin Zayed Al Nahyan
Mother Sheikha Salma bint Butti
Religion Islam

Shakhbut bin Sultan Al Nahyan (ca. 1905 – 11 February 1989) was the ruler of Abu Dhabi from 1928 to 1966.

Early life[edit]

Shakbut was the eldest son of Sultan II bin Zayed Al Nahyan. His mother was Sheikha Salma bint Butti.[1][2]


Sheikh Shakhbut succeeded his uncle Sheikh Saqr I bin Zayed Al Nahyan in 1928, becoming the ruler of the emirate of Abu Dhabi. During his reign he adopted an aggressively mercantilist strategy, keeping his reserves in gold.[3] His reign lasted until 6 August 1966 when he was deposed in a bloodless coup by the British-led Trucial Oman Scouts to the benefit of his brother Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.[4]


Sheikh Shakhbut was escorted to his plane to London by the Scouts, after which he went to Lebanon where he stayed there reportedly until the late 1960s or early 1970s, when he was allowed back in Abu Dhabi by his brother Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, who became in 1971 the President of the federation of the United Arab Emirates.


  1. ^ a b Al Hashemi, Bushra Alkaff (27 February 2013). "Memories of a simpler time". The National. Retrieved 20 April 2013. 
  2. ^ Rabi, Uzi (May 2006). "Oil Politics and Tribal Rulers in Eastern Arabia: The Reign of Shakhbut (1928– 1966)" (PDF). British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies 33 (1): 37–50. doi:10.1080/13530190600603832. Retrieved 17 April 2013. 
  3. ^ Pistor, Katharina; Kyle Hatton (2011). "Maximizing Autonomy in the Shadow of Great Powers: The Political Economy of Sovereign Wealth Funds". Columbia Public Law & Legal Theory. Working Papers. Retrieved 16 April 2013. 
  4. ^ Helene von Bismarck (29 March 2013). British Policy in the Persian Gulf, 1961-1968: Conceptions of Informal Empire. Palgrave Macmillan. p. 155. ISBN 978-1-137-32673-7. Retrieved 16 April 2013. 
Shakhbut bin Sultan Al Nahyan
Born: 1905
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Sheikh Saqr bin Zayed
Ruler of Abu Dhabi
1928 - 1966
Succeeded by
Sheikh Zayed II bin Sultan