President of the United Arab Emirates

The President of the United Arab Emirates, or the Raʾīs (Arabic: رَئِـيْـس‎‎), is the head of state of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). 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. Usually, a sheikh from the Emirate of Abu Dhabi holds the presidency, and a sheikh from the Emirate of Dubai the vice-presidency and premiership.

President of the
United Arab Emirates
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Incumbent
Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan

since 3 November 2004
StyleHis Highness
Member ofFederal Supreme Council
ResidenceQasr Al Watan
SeatAbu Dhabi
AppointerFederal Supreme Council (de jure)
Hereditary Succession (de facto)
Term length5 years, no term limit (de jure)
Life tenure (de facto)
Constituting instrumentConstitution of the United Arab Emirates
Inaugural holderZayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan
Formation2 December 1971
DeputyMohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum (de jure)
Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan (de facto)
WebsiteOfficial website

Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan is the UAE's founding father and widely credited with unifying the seven emirates into one country. He was the UAE's first president, from the UAE's founding until his death on 2 November 2004. On the following day the Federal Supreme Council elected his son, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, to the post.[1] The President is also the Commander-in-Chief of the UAE Armed Forces.

The current President is Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, who became president on 3 November 2004, following the death of his father, Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.

Presidents of the United Arab EmiratesEdit

No. President of the United Arab Emirates Took office Left office Time in office Emirate
1Al Nahyan, ZayedZayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan
زايد بن سلطان آل نهيان

(1918–2004)
2 December 19712 November 2004 †32 years, 336 daysAbu Dhabi
-Al Maktoum, MaktoumMaktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum
مكتوم بن راشد آل مكتوم

(1943–2006)
Acting
2 November 20043 November 20041 dayDubai
2Al Nahyan, KhalifaKhalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan
خليفة بن زايد آل نهيان

(born 1948)
3 November 2004Incumbent15 years, 354 daysAbu Dhabi

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "UAE". Arabruleoflaw.org. Retrieved 12 February 2016.

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