President of the United Arab Emirates
|President of the United Arab Emirates|
|Status||Head of state|
|Member of||Federal Supreme Council|
|Residence||Qasr Al Watan|
|Appointer||Federal Supreme Council|
|Term length||5 years, renewable|
|Constituting instrument||Constitution of the United Arab Emirates|
|Inaugural holder||Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan|
|Formation||2 December 1971|
|Deputy||Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum|
|United Arab Emirates portal|
The president and vice-president are elected every five years by the Federal Supreme Council. Though the UAE prime minister is formally appointed by the president, every UAE vice-president simultaneously serves as prime minister. Generally the ruler of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi holds the presidency and the ruler of the Emirate of Dubai holds the vice-presidency and 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 nation. 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 Al Nahyan who died in office on 13 May 2022. Following his brother's death, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan was elected the third and current president of the UAE by the Federal Supreme Council on 14 May 2022.
|Term of office||Emirate|
|Took office||Left office||Time in office|
|1||Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan
زايد بن سلطان آل نهيان
|2 December 1971||2 November 2004
(Died in office)
|32 years, 336 days||Abu Dhabi|
|–||Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum
مكتوم بن راشد آل مكتوم
|2 November 2004||3 November 2004||1 day||Dubai|
|2||Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan
خليفة بن زايد آل نهيان
|3 November 2004||13 May 2022
(Died in office)
|17 years, 191 days||Abu Dhabi|
|–||Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
محمد بن راشد آل مكتوم
|13 May 2022||14 May 2022||1 day||Dubai|
|3||Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan
محمد بن زايد آل نهيان
|14 May 2022||Incumbent||5 days||Abu Dhabi|
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