Al Maktoum

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This article is about the Al Maktoum family. For the airport bearing the name, see Al Maktoum International Airport.

The Al Maktoum (Arabic: آل مكتوم‎‎Āl Maktūm / English: The house of Al Maktoum) family is the ruling family of Dubai, and one of the six ruling families of the United Arab Emirates. The family is a branch of the Bani Yas clan (a lineage the family shares with the Al Nahyan dynasty of Abu Dhabi). The Al Maktoum family descends from the Al Bu Falasah (now known as [Al-Falasi]) section of the Bani Yas, a tribal federation that was the dominant power throughout most of what is now the United Arab Emirates.

Members[edit]

In 1833, about 800 members of the Bani Yas tribe, under the leadership of Maktoum bin Butti, took over the emirate of Dubai and established the Al Maktoum dynasty in the emirate.[1][2] The Al Maktoum dynasty has ruled Dubai since 1833. Within the federation of the United Arab Emirates, a member of the Dubai ruling family is also de facto always the country's Vice President, Prime Minister and Defence Minister.

Simplified family tree showing the line of succession and dates in power - click to enlarge

The following Al Maktoum members have ruled Dubai:[1]

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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Al Maktoum". www.sheikhmohammed.co.ae. Retrieved 10 October 2013. [dead link]
  2. ^ Zahlan, Rosemarie Said (1998). The Making of Modern Gulf States: Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, United Arab Emirates and Oman. Garnett & Ithica Press. ISBN 0-86372-229-6.