Bani Yas

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Bani Yas (from Arabic: بَنُو ياس ‎ ) is a tribal confederation of central Arabian origin in the United Arab Emirates. It had a coalition with many other tribes in the region.[1] The tribal coalition which consists of tribes from Dubai to Khawr al Udayd southeast of Qatar, was called the Bani Yas Coalition.[2] The tribe has been led by their rulers, the Al Nahyan, who had their headquarters in Al Dhafra and now in Abu Dhabi (city).[2][3]

The ruling family of the United Arab Emirates and Abu Dhabi, Al Nahyan, which is a branch of Al Falahi, belongs to and rules this tribe, as do the emirs of Dubai, Al Maktoum,[4][5] which is a branch of Al Falasi.

Bani Yas had close relations with the Dhawahir tribe, which was traditionally at odds with Na’im and Bani Ka’ab in Buraimi Oasis.[6]


Bani Yas consists of the following[7] which are:

Al Mansoori

Al Hamiri

Al Remeithi

Al Ameemi

Al Falahi

Al Falasi

Al Hameli

Al Suwaidi

Al Marar

Al Mazrouei

Al Mehairbi

Al Mheiri

Al Qemzi

Al Qubaisi

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Frauke, Heard-Bey. "The Tribal Society of the UAE" (PDF). Retrieved 10 October 2012. 
  2. ^ a b ZAYED. "The Millennial Legend \ THE BANI YAS ALLIANCE". Retrieved 10 October 2012. 
  3. ^ "History". Lonely Planet. Retrieved 10 October 2012. 
  4. ^ "History of Dubai". Retrieved 10 October 2012. 
  5. ^ "History of Dubai". Retrieved 10 October 2012. 
  6. ^ Motohiro, Ono (March 2011). "Reconsideration of the Meanings of the Tribal Ties in the United Arab Emirates: Abu Dhabi Emirate in Early ʼ90s" (PDF). Kyoto Bulletin of Islamic Area Studies 4–1 (2): 25–34. Retrieved 17 April 2013. 
  7. ^