Sabika bint Ibrahim Al Khalifa

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Sabika bint Ibrahim Al Khalifa
Queen consort of Bahrain
Tenure 14 February 2002 – present
Coronation 14 February 2002
Born 1948 (age 68–69)
Muharraq, Bahrain
Spouse Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa
Issue Salman, Crown Prince of Bahrain
House House of Khalifa
Father Ibrahim bin Muhammad al-Khalifa
Mother Fatima bint Salman al-Khalifa
Religion Sunni Islam

Sabika bint Ibrahim Al Khalifa (born in Muharraq in 1948) is the Queen consort of Bahrain as the first wife of the present King of Bahrain, Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, and the mother of the Crown Prince, Salman bin Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa.

Personal life[edit]

Sabika bint Ibrahim married her first cousin,[1] Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, on 9 October 1968.[1][2] She is a daughter of Ibrahim bin Muhammad Al Khalifa, by his wife, Fatima bint Salman Al Khalifa, daughter of Salman ibn Hamad Al Khalifa, the Hakim of Bahrain between 1942 and 1961. Sabika and Hamad have four children, three sons and one daughter:[1][2]

Public life[edit]

As the head of the Supreme Council for Women in Bahrain,[3] she has encouraged the expansion of women's political rights in Bahrain,[4] encouraging women to vote in the 2001 elections,[5] and, in June 2005, hosted the first ladies of the Arab world in Bahrain for the second meeting of the Higher Council of Arab Women Organisation.[6]

She is also the chief patron of the Society for Women and Children in Bahrain[7] and has addressed the United Nations General Assembly on topics such as Children – future action and Children – programme implementation.[8]

Titles, styles and honors[edit]

Styles of
Queen Sabika
Emblem of Bahrain.svg
Reference style Her Majesty
Spoken style Your Majesty
Alternative style Shaikha

Titles and styles[edit]

  • 1948 – 9 October 1968 : Sheikha Sabika bint Ibrahim Al Khalifa.
  • 9 October 1968 – 14 February 2002 : Her Highness Sheikha Sabika bint Ibrahim Al Khalifa, Princess consort.
  • 14 February 2002 – 21 October 2009 : Her Royal Highness Sheikha Sabika bint Ibrahim Al Khalifa, Queen Consort.
  • 21 October 2009 – present : Her Majesty Queen Sheikha Sabika bint Ibrahim Al Khalifa, Queen Consort.


  •  Bahrain: Order of Ahmad the Victorious, First Class (2 November 2003).[9]
  •  Bahrain: Order of Sheikh Isa ibn Salman Al Khalifa (Wisam al-Shaikh ‘Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa), First Class (16 December 2008).[9]



  1. ^ a b c East and Thomas 2003: 38
  2. ^ a b Sleeman 2003: 878
  3. ^ Human rights: 234
  4. ^ Pegues 2007: 15
  5. ^ Winkler 2007: 162
  6. ^ Al Abded et al. 2006: 241
  7. ^ Women for Peace International
  8. ^ Index to proceedings of the General Assembly: 15
  9. ^ a b Royal Ark