Mohammed Bin Zayed – a president-in-waiting

General Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan (MBZ), the crown prince of Abu Dhabi and deputy supreme commander of the armed forces, has already taken on day-to-day presidential duties, as the health of UAE President Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan deteriorates. It has long been assumed that the presidency will be his on his half-brother’s death. The first president of the UAE, MBZ’s father, Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al-Nahyan, made clear his intentions when he named MBZ deputy crown prince in 2003; when Sheikh Zayed died the following year, Sheikh Khalifa became ruler of Abu Dhabi and MBZ his heir.
Issue 963, 7 February 2014. Read more

Also in this issue:

Khalifa’s condition ‘stable’ – but Mohammed Bin Zayed is waiting in the wings
The Bani Fatima: at the centre of power
UAE: Who will be MBZ’s crown prince?
UAE: Mohammed Bin Zayed’s inner circle


UAE: Al-Nahyan succession report

This five-page report collects articles and an Al-Nahyan family tree, originally published in GSN Issue 963. It profiles Mohammed Bin Zayed (MBZ) and the influential Bani Fatima - the six sons of Fatima Bint Mubarak Al-Kitbi, Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan’s most prominent wife - and analyses MBZ's inner circle.
Read more


Further reading:
Gulf States News Issue 724
Abu Dhabi’s Crown Prince linked to crackdown
UAE: 30 convicted in Brotherhood trial
UAE sentences 69 in Al-Islah trial
Gulf States News Issue 632
Gulf States News Issue 527

Do you require more in-depth research and analysis on the UAE?

Take a look at our country pages to read more about our capabilities, examples of recent work and company contacts


Bahrain's Economic Performance

read more

Gulf boundaries and hydrocarbons infrastructure

read more

The Gulf region: economy and society

read more

Iraqi Kurdistan hydrocarbons infrastructure map

Revised in January 2015, this map provides a detailed overview of hydrocarbons infrastructure in the Kurdistan area of Iraq.

read more
Register now Buy credit to view GSN articles Search the GSN archive Sign up for GSN News Alerts Request a GSN free trial

GSN View

Defences waver of currency pegs that served GCC states well

Currency pegs to the US dollar have been a central element of the Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) states’ economic...

read more

Factional tensions, popular anxieties drive Iran towards the edge

The war of words between the conservative principalists that surround Rahbar (Supreme Leader) Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and...

read more

New youth protests as Oman struggles to meet demand for jobs

Hundreds of young unemployed Omanis demonstrated on 22 January and 29 January to demand jobs. The first protests took place...

read more


9-10 April

World Takaful Conference 2018

Dusit Thani, Dubai, UAE

Web Design by FDC