UAE: The 'Bani Fatima' brothers rise ever higher

The powerful ‘Bani Fatima’ grouping of late UAE founding president Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al-Nahyan’s six sons by his most prominent wife, Fatima Bint Mubarak Al-Kitbi, have concentrated increasing amounts of power and wealth into their branch of the Al-Nahyan family.

This process has accelerated since Mohammed Bin Zayed (MBZ) succeeded as ruler of Abu Dhabi and president of the UAE.

GSN has profiled all the ‘Bani Fatima’ brothers MBZ, sheikhs Hamdan (ruler’s representative in Al-Dhafra region), Hazza (Abu Dhabi deputy ruler), Tahnoun (national security advisor and Abu Dhabi deputy ruler), Mansour (vice president, deputy prime minister and Presidential Court chairman) and Abdullah (foreign minister) – and closely follows their relationships and business interests.

Take a look at our ‘Bani Fatima influence chart and wider Al-Nahyan family influence chart and browse our coverage below.


The UAE's Bani Fatima

The influence charts above illustrate the Al-Nahyan family tree and the relationships that are central to decision-making in Abu Dhabi and the UAE.