Sultan bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan

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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)
President Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan (1990-2004)
Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan (2004-09)
Prime Minister Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum (1990-2006)
Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum (2006-09)
Preceded by Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Nahyan &
Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Succeeded by Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan &
Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan
Personal details
Born 1955 (age 63–64)
Al Ain, Abu Dhabi, Trucial States
Nationality United Arab Emirati
Spouse(s) Shamsa bint Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Nahyan
Not to be confused with his grandfather Sultan bin Zayed bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, ruler of Abu Dhabi.

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.

Early life and education

Sheikh Sultan is the 2nd son of Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, founder of UAE and the first president (1971-2004) and also the emir of Abu Dhabi emirate (1966-2004). Sheikh Sultan was born in 1955.[1] He was educated at Millfield School and is a graduate of Sandhurst military academy.[2] His 3/4 sibling Sheikh Khalifa, 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 another 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
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HH Sheikha Hassa

HH Sheikha Shamsa

HH Sheikha Fatima

HH Sheikha Mouza

HH Sheikha Ayesha

  • HH Sheikh Saeed
  • HH Sheikh Falah
  • HH Sheikh Nahyan
  • HH Sheikh Diab
  • HH Sheikha Latifa
  • HH Sheikha Mouza
  • HH Sheikha Wadeema
  • HH Sheikha Sheikha
  • HH Sheikha Maitha

HH Sheikha Amna

HH Sheikha Fatima

  • HH Sheikha Salama



  1. "UAE Succession Update: The Post-Zayed Scenario". Wikileaks. 28 September 2004. Retrieved 16 April 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Anthony, John Duke (30 August 1999). "Succession in Abu Dhabi" (PDF). NCUSAR. Retrieved 11 April 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. ADL Backgrounder: The Zayed Center
  4. "The Supreme Petroleum Council (SPC)". Abu Dhabi National Oil Company. 25 June 2011. Retrieved 19 April 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. Organisational Structure
  6. Arab League to participate in Holocaust-denial symposium, The Jerusalem Post, 28 August 2002
  7. The Anti-Defamation League (ADL).