Sabah Al-Salim Al-Sabah

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Sabah Salem Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah
Reign 24 November 1965 – 31 December 1977
Predecessor Abdullah Al-Salim Al-Sabah
Successor Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah
Born (1913-04-12)12 April 1913
Died 31 December 1977(1977-12-31) (aged 64)
Father Salim Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah
Mother Munira bint Muhammad Al-Debbus

Sabah III Al-Salim Al-Sabah (April 12, 1913 – December 31, 1977) (Arabic: صباح السالم الصباح‎) was the 2nd Emir of Kuwait from 1965 to 1977, and youngest son of Salim Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah. Sabah Al-Salim Al-Sabah succeeded his half-brother Abdullah Al-Salim Al-Sabah upon his death on 24 November 1965. He suspended parliament in late August 1976 for 4 years, claiming it was acting against the nation. He died from cancer on 31 December 1977.

Prior to his ascension, he served as the president of the Police Directorate from 1953 to 1959, President of the public health department from 1959 to 1961, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1962 to 1963, and Prime Minister of Kuwait from 1963 to 1965. He was appointed as Crown Prince on 29 October 1962.[1]


  • 1913–1937: Sheikh Sabah bin Salim Al-Sabah
  • 1937–1959: His Excellency Sheikh Sabah bin Salim Al-Sabah
  • 1959–1962: His Excellency Sheikh Sabah bin Salim Al-Sabah, KCMG
  • 1962–1965: His Highness Sheikh Sabah bin Salim Al-Sabah, Crown Prince of the State of Kuwait, KCMG
  • 1965–1977: His Highness Sheikh Sabah III bin Salim Al-Sabah, Emir of Kuwait, KCMG[1]

Honours and awards[edit]

Kuwait National Honours[edit]

  • Kuwait:
    • Order of Mubarak the Great (Kuwait) - ribbon bar.gif Sovereign Grand Master of the Order of Mubarak the Great.
    • Order of Kuwait (Special Class).gif Sovereign Grand Master of the Order of Kuwait.
    • The Order of National Defence.gif Sovereign Grand Master of the Order of National Defense.
    • Military Duty Order (Kuwait).gif Sovereign Grand Master of the Military Duty Order.

Arab and non-Arab Honours[edit]


Sabah Al-Salim Al-Sabah
Born: 1913 Died: 31 December 1977
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Abdullah III Al-Salim Al-Sabah
Emir of Kuwait
Succeeded by
Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah