Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan

Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan (Arabic: سيف بن زايد آل نهيان; born 1968) is United Arab Emirates's Minister of Interior since October 2004 and Deputy Prime Minister since May 2009.[1][2] As Minister of Interior, he is in charge of the United Arab Emirates interior protection and homeland security.[3] He is a member of the Al Nahyan family.

Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan
الشيخ سيف بن زايد آل نهيان
Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan.jpg
Born1968 (age 53–54)
Alma materUnited Arab Emirates University (Bachelor's degree in political science)
Deputy Prime Minister
of the United Arab Emirates
Assumed office
10 May 2009
PresidentKhalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan
Prime MinisterMohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Preceded byHamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan &
Sultan bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan
Minister of the Interior
of the United Arab Emirates
Assumed office
1 November 2004
PresidentKhalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan
Prime MinisterMaktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Preceded byMohamed bin Saeed Al Badi
Commander of the Abu Dhabi Police
Assumed office
Preceded byThani Obeid Khamees Al Rumaithi
Military service
RankLieutenant General
HouseAl Nahyan
Styles of
Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan
Emblem of Abu Dhabi - Gold.svg
Reference styleHis Highness
Spoken styleYour Highness

Early life and educationEdit

Nahyan was born in 1968.[4] He is one of Zayed bin Sultan's many sons. His mother is Mouza bint Suhail Al Khaili.[5] Sheikh Saif attended the United Arab Emirates University in Al Ain and graduated with a bachelor's degree in political science.[6]

He participated in several training sessions, including the special training session for paratroopers in 1991.[7]


Prior to his ministerial appointment in October 2004, Sheikh Saif occupied several leadership positions. He was the deputy director of the capital police from 1994 to 1995 before becoming the director general of the Abu Dhabi Police on 23 October 1995.[4] On 25 December 1997, he became the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Interior, retaining this post until his appointment as Minister of Interior on 2 November 2004.[8]

On 30 December 2004, he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant General.[6] In addition, he was appointed Minister of Interior to the government led by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum on the same day.[8] He was named as the Deputy Prime Minister on 11 May 2009, retaining his post as Minister of Interior.[9]


His achievement in the realms of police and security includes launching the community police project in 2003, founding the Ministry of Interior’s centers for rehabilitating persons with special needs in 2002 and the social support center in 2004. He also directed the five-year plan for the strategic development of the Abu Dhabi Police (2004–2008),[10][11] the five-year plan for the Ministry of Interior and oversaw the restructuring of the Abu Dhabi Police. Moreover, he sought a permanent solution to the problem of child jockeys in camel races and initiated a number of practical security measures to counter this problem. He also launched the “iris scan” project – which succeeded in preventing more than 114,000 persons from returning to the UAE since the project was implemented nationwide – and launched the project of the Emirates Identity Authority.[12]


Sheikh Saif has received several medals and honors, including the Order of Merit for Dedicated Service in 2000, the Red Crescent Charitable medal, and the Order of Merit of the International Civil Defense Organization, ICDO (Commander Rank).[13]

On 15 February 2010, he was awarded an Honorary Degree of Doctor of social science from the University of Wolverhampton.[14]



  1. ^ United Arab Emirates Embassy in Washington, D.C. Archived 14 September 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Lieutenant General His Highness Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nayhan". Retrieved 23 February 2021.
  3. ^ "Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior – United Arab Emirates". World Government Summit. 11 February 2018. Retrieved 23 February 2021.
  4. ^ a b "UAE: Biographies of New Cabinet Members". Wikileaks. 22 November 2004. Retrieved 20 April 2013.
  5. ^ Christopher Davidson (September 2011). Abu Dhabi: Oil and Beyond. Columbia University Press. p. 100. ISBN 978-0-231-80033-4. Retrieved 16 April 2013.
  6. ^ a b "Profiles". ECSSR. Retrieved 20 April 2013.
  7. ^ "General Lieutenant Sheikh Saif Bin Zayed Al Nahyan". UAEVOICE. 28 December 2019. Retrieved 23 February 2021.
  8. ^ a b "Cabinet reshuffle enhances stability ahead of". Wikileaks. 2 November 2004. Archived from the original on 4 January 2014. Retrieved 16 April 2013.
  9. ^ "Cabinet reshuffled; Saif and Mansour become Deputy Prime Ministers". Gulf News. 11 May 2009. Retrieved 19 April 2013.
  10. ^ "Profiles of new ministers". Gulf News. 3 November 2004. Retrieved 26 April 2021.
  11. ^ "Saif bin Zayed briefed on the police distinguished initiatives" (PDF). Retrieved 26 April 2021.
  12. ^ "Commander Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan". UAEVOICE. 9 December 2019. Retrieved 23 February 2021.
  13. ^ "Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan (Emirati Politician)". Dailymi. Retrieved 17 February 2021.
  14. ^ "H.H. Sheikh Saif Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan". World Government Summit. Retrieved 17 February 2021.