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)
Monarchical styles of
11th Ruler & 1st Emir of Kuwait
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Reference style His Highness
Spoken style Your Highness
Alternative style Sheikh

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. He is regarded as the founder of modern Kuwait. 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

Honours and Awards[edit]

Kuwait National Honours[edit]

  • Kuwait:
    • Sovereign Grand Master of the Order of National Defense.
    • Sovereign Grand Master of the Military Duty Order.

Arab and non-Arab Honours[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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