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Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan
الشيخ نهيان بن مبارك آل نهيان
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Minister of State for Tolerance
Assumed office
20 October 2017
PresidentKhalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan
Prime MinisterMohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Preceded byLubna Khalid Al Qasimi
Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development[1]
In office
10 February 2016 – 20 October 2017
PresidentKhalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan
Prime MinisterMohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Preceded byPost established
Succeeded byMohammed Al Gergawi
Chancellor of United Arab Emirates University[1]
In office
Chancellor of Higher Colleges of Technology[1]
In office
Chancellor of Zayed University[1]
In office
Personal details
Born1951 (age 68–69)

Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan (Arabic: نهيان بن مبارك آل نهيان‎; born 1951)[2] heads the United Arab Emirates Ministry of Culture, Youth, and Social Development.[3][4]


Prior to March 17, 2013, he headed the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research.[5] He is the son of Mubarak bin Mohammed Al Nahyan, grandson of Mohammad bin Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, great-grandson of Khalifa bin Zayed bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, and great-great-grandson of Zayed bin Khalifa Al Nahyan. Hamdan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Public Works, is his brother. Sheikh Nahyan was also Chancellor of two of the UAE's three government-sponsored institutions of higher learning: United Arab Emirates University, established in 1976, and the Higher Colleges of Technology, established in 1988; and president of the third, Zayed University, established in 1998 until removed from these positions in April 2013.[6] He is also the chairman of CERT (Centre of Excellence for Applied Research and Training), the commercial arm of the Higher Colleges of Technology, established in 1996. For several years, Sheikh Nahyan has been the sponsor of the Emirates Natural History Group with chapters in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain.[7] One of the two awards presented annually by the Abu Dhabi chapter is the Sh. Mubarak Award, named for Sheikh Nahyan's father.

He is chairman of Sandooq al Watan, a social initiative.[8]

As Minister of State for Tolerance

On 17 October 2020, a curator of Hay’s Literary Festival, Caitlin McNamara, accused Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan of sexually assaulting her on 14 February 2020, 11 days before the launch of festival. According to McNamara, Al Nahyan invited her to an official dinner to discuss the Hay festival. However, according to McNamara Al Nahyan called her at a remote villa on private island and allegedly sexually assaulted her. Al Nahyan's denied the sex assault allegations.[9]

McNamara has demanded the British government for the investigation of the case and pressurized the foreign secretary of UK for the removal of Sheikh Nahyan from his position.[10]


Nahyan is Chairman of Warid Telecom International (a regional telecoms group based out of Abu Dhabi with operations in Pakistan, Bangladesh, Uganda, Congo Brazzaville, and Ivory Coast). He is also chairman of the Abu Dhabi Group, Union National Bank, and United Bank Limited.


Nahyan has taken a keen interest in Pakistan–United Arab Emirates Friendship. He is one of two Emirati royals, that own estate with a personal game reserve near the mouth of the Indus River in Sindh Province used for falconeering and hunting; the other royal being the late Sheikh Zayed. Nahyan's Abu Dhabi United Group is a large investor in Pakistan. It owns Bank Alfalah, Warid Telecom, Wateen Telecom, Taavun and many more in Pakistan. He is also Founder Chairman of Bank Alfalah.

Sheikh Nahyan Mubarak Al Nahyan is also recipient of Pakistan's highest civilian award, the Hilal-e-Pakistan, which was conferred upon him by the President of Pakistan in 2005.


In Georgia, Nahyan invested in Kor Standard Bank (now Terabank) and Biltmore Hotel Tbilisi.[11]

See also


  1. ^ a b c d "Members Of The Cabinet – Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan".
  2. ^ "Hay Festival severs UAE ties after sex assault claim by employee". BBC. 18 October 2020.
  3. ^ New-look UAE cabinet sworn in by Sheikh Khalifa
  4. ^ "Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan". Pearl Initiative. Archived from the original on 21 May 2016. Retrieved 25 May 2016.
  5. ^ Biography of H.E. Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan.
  6. ^ "UAE Higher-Education Power Shifts: Phase 2". Al Fanar. 16 Apr 2013. Retrieved 6 September 2013.
  7. ^ Emirates Natural History Group.
  8. ^ "Our Board". Sandooq Al Watan.
  9. ^ "Gulf minister of tolerance in 'sex assault' on Hay books festival worker". The Sunday Times. Retrieved 17 October 2020.
  10. ^ "Caitlin McNamara: I hoped Foreign Office would stand up for me". The Times. Retrieved 25 October 2020.
  11. ^ "Biltmore Hotel Tbilisi: Georgia's most luxurious hotel opens with impressive display". 1 August 2016. Retrieved 1 August 2016.