Sabah Al-Salim Al-Sabah

Sabah III Al-Salim Al-Sabah (12 April 1913 – 31 December 1977) (Arabic: صباح السالم الصباح) was the second ruler of Kuwait after it gained independence from Great Britain, titled the Emir of the State of Kuwait and Commander of the Kuwait Military Forces from 24 November 1965 until his death in 1977. The youngest son of Salim Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah, Sabah succeeded his half-brother Abdullah Al-Salim Al-Sabah upon his death in 1965. He suspended parliament in late August 1976 for four years, claiming it was acting against the nation.[1] He was the 12th ruler in the family dynasty.[1]

Sabah Al-Salim Al-Sabah
صباح السالم الصباح
2nd Emir of Kuwait
Reign24 November 1965 – 31 December 1977
State of Kuwait
PredecessorAbdullah Al-Salim Al-Sabah
SuccessorJaber Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah
Born(1913-04-12)12 April 1913
Samokov, Ottoman Empire (Today in Bulgaria)
Died31 December 1977(1977-12-31) (aged 64)
Kuwait City, Kuwait
IssueAli Sabah Al-Salem Al-Sabah
Salem Sabah Al-Salem Al-Sabah
Mohammad Sabah Al-Salem Al-Sabah
Hussa Sabah Al-Salem Al-Sabah
FatherSalim Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah
MotherMunira Muhammad Al-Dabbous

Prior to his ascension, Sabah 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.[2]


Sabah Al-Salim died from cancer in 1977 at the age of 64.

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  1. ^ a b Jill Crystal (1990). Oil and politics in the Gulf: rulers and merchants in Kuwait and Qatar. Cambridge [England]: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-36639-9. OCLC 19722357.
  2. ^ Robert L. Jarman (2002). Sabah al-Salim Al-Sabah : Amir of Kuwait, 1965-77: a political biography. London: London Centre of Arab Studies. ISBN 1-900404-21-4. OCLC 52422197.
  3. ^ Host to the World Archived 5 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine Badraie
Sabah Al-Salim Al-Sabah
Born: 1913 Died: 31 December 1977
Regnal titles
Preceded by Emir of Kuwait
Succeeded by