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Sultan bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan

Sultan bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan (born 1955) is an Emirati politician and member of the Al Nahyan, ruling family of the Abu Dhabi emirate.

HH Sheikh

Sultan bin Zayed Al Nahyan
3rd Deputy Prime Ministers of the United Arab Emirates
In office
Serving with Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan (1997-2009)
PresidentZayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan (1990-2004)
Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan (2004-09)
Prime MinisterMaktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum (1990-2006)
Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum (2006-09)
Preceded byHamdan bin Mohammed Al Nahyan &
Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Succeeded bySaif bin Zayed Al Nahyan &
Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan
Personal details
Born1955 (age 63–64)
Al Ain, Abu Dhabi, Trucial States
NationalityUnited Arab Emirati
MotherShamsa bint Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Nahyan
FatherZayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan
Not to be confused with his grandfather Sultan bin Zayed bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, ruler of Abu Dhabi.


Early life and educationEdit

Sheikh Sultan is the second son of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, founder of UAE. He was born in 1955.[1] He was educated at Millfield School and is a graduate of Sandhurst military academy.[2] His 3/4 sibling (paternal half-brother and maternal cousin, through his aunt Sheikha Hassa bint Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Nahyan) Sheikh Khalifa[citation needed], is the current emir and the president, while his other half-brother Sheikh Mohammed is the current crown prince of Abu Dhabi.


In 1990, Sheikh Sultan was appointed as deputy prime minister, while the prime ministers traditionally are the emir (ruler) of Dubai. From 1997 to 2009 he served with a younger half-brother Sheikh Hamdan as deputy prime minister. In 2009, he was replaced by his half-brother Sheikh Saif and Sheikh Mansour in the post.

Sheikh Sultan is the president's representative, chairman of the media and cultural centre, chairman of the Emirates Heritage Club and chairman of Zayed center for coordination and follow-up,[3] a member of Supreme Petroleum Council,[4] and a member of Abu Dhabi Investment Authority.[5]

In August 2002, Sheikh Sultan, as the Chairman of the Zayed Center, promoted a Holocaust denial symposium in Abu Dhabi.[6] The government of the United Arab Emirates closed down the Zayed Center as a result.[7]

Al Nahyan family

HH Sheikha Shamsa

HH Sheikha Fatima



HH Sheikha Amna



  1. ^ "UAE Succession Update: The Post-Zayed Scenario". Wikileaks. 28 September 2004. Archived from the original on 3 June 2013. Retrieved 16 April 2013.
  2. ^ Anthony, John Duke (30 August 1999). "Succession in Abu Dhabi" (PDF). NCUSAR. Retrieved 11 April 2013.
  3. ^ ADL Backgrounder: The Zayed Center Archived 4 April 2004 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "The Supreme Petroleum Council (SPC)". Abu Dhabi National Oil Company. 25 June 2011. Archived from the original on 27 February 2010. Retrieved 19 April 2013.
  5. ^ Organisational Structure
  6. ^ Arab League to participate in Holocaust-denial symposium, The Jerusalem Post, 28 August 2002
  7. ^ The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) Archived 15 January 2013 at the Wayback Machine.