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Sabah Al Khalid Al Sabah (born 3 March 1953) is a Kuwaiti diplomat and politician, who has been serving in different ministerial posts since 2006. In addition, he is a senior member of the ruling family of Kuwait, the Sabah family.

Sabah Al-Khalid Al-Sabah
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Sabah Al-Khalid in July 2014
Deputy Prime Minister of Kuwait
Assumed office
4 December 2011
Prime MinisterJaber Al-Mubarak
Preceded byJaber Al-Mubarak
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Assumed office
22 October 2011
Prime MinisterNasser Mohammed Al-Ahmed
Jaber Al-Mubarak
Preceded byMuhammad Al Sabah
Personal details
Born (1953-03-03) 3 March 1953 (ageĀ 66)
Kuwait City, Kuwait
Political partyIndependent


Early life and educationEdit

Sabah was born on 3 March 1953.[1][2] He is the son of Khalid bin Hamad Al Sabah and Mouza bint Ahmad Al Sabah, daughter of Ahmad bin Jabir Al Ali Al Sabah, who was the ruler of Kuwait from 1921 to 1950.[3] He is the brother of Mohammad Al Khalid Al Sabah, deputy prime minister and interior minister of Kuwait.[3] His other brother Ahmad Al Khalid Al Sabah is the former deputy prime minister and defense minister.[4]

He holds a bachelor's degree in political sciences, which he received from Kuwait University in 1977.[1][5]


Sabah started his career in 1978, joining the ministry of foreign affairs.[6] Until 1995 he worked at the ministry in various capacities, including being a member of Kuwait's permanent mission to the United Nations (1983-1989).[1] In 1995, he became Kuwait's ambassador to Saudi Arabia and served in the post until 1998.[2][7] During this period he was also Kuwait's envoy to the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC).[7] From 1998 to 2006 he was the chief of the national security.[7]

In July 2006, he was given his first ministerial role and appointed minister of social affairs and labor.[3] He was also the acting foreign minister during this period.[8] His tenure as minister of social affairs and labor lasted until October 2007 when he was named as minister of information.[9] Then he was named an advisor in the Amiri Diwan.[10] In February 2010, he was appointed to the Supreme Petroleum Council.[10]

On 22 October 2011, he became both deputy prime minister and minister of foreign affairs.[11] Sabah replaced Mohammad Al Sabah as foreign minister.[11] In a reshuffle of 14 December 2011 Sabah was also appointed minister of state for cabinet affairs.[12] Later this post was assumed by Mohammad Abdullah Al Mubarak Al Sabah.[13] On 4 August 2013, Sabah was made first deputy prime minister in addition to his post as foreign minister.[14]

Personal lifeEdit

Sabah is married to Aida Salim Al Ali Al Sabah and has two children.[6] Aida Al Sabah is the board chair of Sheikh Salim Al Ali Al Sabah Informatics Award.[15]

Honors and awardsEdit

Sabah was awarded the Order of King Abdulaziz in 1998 and the Order of St Michael and St George on 27 November 2012.[3]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c "His Excellency Sheikh Sabah Khalid Al-Hamad Al-Sabah". Kuwait Embassy (Tokyo). Archived from the original on 3 July 2013. Retrieved 21 April 2013.
  2. ^ a b "Index Sa". Rulers. Retrieved 8 September 2013.
  3. ^ a b c d "Sabah Dynasty". Royal Ark. Retrieved 8 September 2013.
  4. ^ "Premier on mission to select team of competent ministers". Kuwait Times. Retrieved 14 September 2013.
  5. ^ "Profiles of new Kuwaiti Cabinet members". KUNA. 4 August 2013. Retrieved 12 October 2013.
  6. ^ a b "Sheikh Sabah Khalid Al-Hamad Al-Sabah". Kuwait Embassy (Berlin). Retrieved 21 April 2013.
  7. ^ a b c "Biography of Ministers". Arab Times. Retrieved 21 April 2013.
  8. ^ "Kuwaiti minister on talks between foreign ministers of GCC, Egypt, Jordan, US". BBC Monitoring International Reports. 1 December 2006. Retrieved 8 September 2013.
  9. ^ "Government Removes Controversial Ministers In New Cabinet Lineup". Wikileaks. 29 October 2007. Retrieved 14 September 2013.
  10. ^ a b "New Supreme Petroleum Council Meets -- Room for Progress?". Wikileaks. 10 February 2010. Retrieved 30 December 2013.
  11. ^ a b "Sheikh Sabah Appointed FM". Arab Times. Kuwait City. 23 October 2011. Retrieved 21 April 2013.
  12. ^ "Kuwait swears in new government". Al Shorfa. 14 December 2011. Retrieved 21 April 2013.
  13. ^ "New Kuwaiti cabinet swears in before HH Amir". Gulf in the Media. KUNA. 12 December 2012. Retrieved 21 April 2013.
  14. ^ "Kuwait's new cabinet". Global Post. AFP. 4 August 2013. Retrieved 11 October 2013.
  15. ^ Baher Esmat (22 May 2012). "ICANN Receives Arab World Award". ICANN. Retrieved 8 September 2013.

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