Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan
Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi
Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan is the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and the Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, as well as the UAE’s next line for President. Mohammed’s international investments and philanthropy helped him gain influence and prominence.
Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan attended Al Ain and Abu Dhabi schools until he was 18 years old. He enrolled in the prestigious Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in 1979, where he received training in armour, helicopter flight, tactical flight, and para-troops. He returned to the UAE after graduation in April 1979 to join the Officers’ Training Course in Sharjah, another Emirate of the UAE. From Officer in the Amiri Guard (the UAE’s elite security force) to Pilot in the UAE Air Force to his present role as Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, he has served in the UAE military in a variety of capacities.
Following his father’s death in 2004, Mohamed was named Crown Prince of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. In the same year, he was named chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council, which oversees the emirate’s daily operations. He is the third son of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al-Nahyan, the UAE’s first President who ruled from 1971 until his death in 2004. He became one of the emirate’s most conspicuous leaders in diversifying its economy and improving its educational institutions in the years that followed. After Khalifa’s stroke in 2014, Mohammed is shown to have assumed most of the emir’s responsibilities, including his role as supreme commander of the Emirati military forces.
Mohammed was the driving force for many of his international ties. He served as a mentor to Mohammed bin Salman, whose father, Salman bin Abdulaziz, became Saudi Arabia’s king in 2015.
In September 2020, the UAE (along with Bahrain) formalised relations with Israel by signing the Abraham Accords Peace Treaty at the White House, in the presence of Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and US President Donald Trump. The UAE established an Israeli embassy in July 2021, with Israeli President Binyamin Netanyahu in attendance, as part of a full normalisation campaign that has angered Palestinians and their sympathisers.
Sheikh Mohammed possesses immense political power in the Muslim world as a key member of the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company, which coordinates development efforts for the UAE’s involvement in the oil and gas industries. Abu Dhabi holds tenth of the world’s proven oil reserves. He also owns one of the largest sovereign wealth funds in the world. He has presided over a development boom that includes man-made islands, entertainment parks, and Louvre and Guggenheim Museum franchises.
Sheikh Mohammed has advocated for the introduction of green technologies in Abu Dhabi as a proponent of sustainable development. He promised to invest billions of dollars in the development of clean energy sources like solar, wind, and hydrogen. He is also an accomplished falconer who is dedicated to the conservation of falcons and other wildlife in the area.
He has donated billions of dollars to numerous charitable organizations, including the United Nations Global Initiative to Combat Human Trafficking and the purchase of vaccines for a number of Muslim countries. The UAE has a diversified workforce and has shown a strong commitment to respecting different religions and cultures. It has enabled the construction of many places of worship. By 2022, the first synagogue will be completed. On a recent tour, the country hosted Pope Francis. It has also established a “Ministry of Tolerance” and designated 2019 as the “Year of Tolerance.”