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President of the United Arab Emirates

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President of the United Arab Emirates
رئيس دولة الإمارات العربية المتحدة
Incumbent
Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan
since 14 May 2022
Executive branch of the Federal Government of the United Arab Emirates
StyleHis Highness
StatusHead of state
Member ofFederal Supreme Council
ResidenceQasr Al Watan
SeatAbu Dhabi
AppointerFederal Supreme Council
Term length5 years, renewable
Constituting instrumentConstitution of the United Arab Emirates
Inaugural holderZayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan
Formation2 December 1971; 52 years ago (1971-12-02)
DeputyVice Presidents of the United Arab Emirates
WebsiteOfficial website

The president of the United Arab Emirates (Arabic: رئيس دولة الإمارات العربية المتحدة), or the Raʾīs (Arabic: رَئِيْس), is the head of state of the United Arab Emirates (UAE).[1][2]

The president and vice presidents are de jure elected every five years by the Federal Supreme Council, and the prime minister of the United Arab Emirates is de jure appointed by the president.[3] De facto, the ruler of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi holds the presidency and the ruler of the Emirate of Dubai holds the premiership. The president is also the commander-in-chief of the UAE Armed Forces.

Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan was widely credited with unifying the seven emirates into one federal state. He was the UAE's first president from the formation of the UAE until his death on 2 November 2004. He was succeeded by his son, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed, who died in office on 13 May 2022.[4] Following his brother Khalifa's death, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan was elected the third and current president of the UAE by the Federal Supreme Council on 14 May 2022.[5]

List

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No. Portrait Name

(Birth–Death)

Term of office Emirate
Took office Left office Time in office
1 Sheikh

Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan

زايد بن سلطان آل نهيان
(1918–2004)

2 December 1971 2 November 2004[6]

(Died in office)

32 years, 336 days  Abu Dhabi
Sheikh

Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum

مكتوم بن راشد آل مكتوم
(1943–2006)
Acting

2 November 2004 3 November 2004 1 day  Dubai
2 Sheikh

Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan

خليفة بن زايد آل نهيان
(1948–2022)

3 November 2004[7] 13 May 2022[8]

(Died in office)

17 years, 191 days  Abu Dhabi
Sheikh

Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum

محمد بن راشد آل مكتوم
(1949–)
Acting

13 May 2022[9] 14 May 2022 1 day  Dubai
3 Sheikh

Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan

محمد بن زايد آل نهيان
(1961–)

14 May 2022[5] Incumbent 2 years, 71 days  Abu Dhabi

Insignia

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Timeline

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Change of life expectancy in the United Arab Emirates under various presidents

See also

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References

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  1. ^ "The UAE Leaders". mideast-capital-6 (in French). Retrieved 31 August 2021.
  2. ^ "The Political System of the UAE". www.hziegler.com. Retrieved 31 August 2021.
  3. ^ "United Arab Emirates 1971 (rev. 2009) Constitution - Constitute". www.constituteproject.org.
  4. ^ "UAE". Arabruleoflaw.org. Retrieved 12 February 2016.
  5. ^ a b Reporter, A. Staff. "Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed elected President of the UAE". Khaleej Times. Retrieved 14 May 2022.
  6. ^ "CNN.com – UAE's president Nahyan dies – Nov 2, 2004". edition.cnn.com. Retrieved 14 May 2022.
  7. ^ "Khalifa elected new UAE President". Emirates News Agency. 4 November 2004. Retrieved 17 May 2022.
  8. ^ "UAE President Sheikh Khalifa dies at 73". BBC News. 13 May 2022. Retrieved 14 May 2022.
  9. ^ "UAE president Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed dies". Reuters. 13 May 2022. Retrieved 13 May 2022.
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