His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan is the second President of the UAE, and the 16th Ruler of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. Born in 1948, in Al Ain in the Eastern Region of Abu Dhabi Emirate, he is the eldest son of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. His mother is Sheikha Hesa bint Mohamed bint Mohammed bin Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan. His Highness’ full name is Khalifa bin Zayed bin Sultan bin Zayed bin Khalifa bin Shakhbout bin Dhiyab bin Isa Al Nahyan bin Falah bin Yas. His Highness is married to Her Highness Sheikha Shamsa bint Suhail Al Mazrouei, and they have eight children - two boys and six girls. His Highness also has several grandchildren.
HH Sheikh Khalifa assumed his official duties as the President of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), after the sad death of his late father, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. In his capacity as President of the UAE, HH Sheikh Khalifa launched an initiative for developing the legislative system and the way members of the Federal National Council are selected, such that the method now is a blend of electing and assigning, as a first step towards direct elections.
His Highness Sheikh Khalifa is known for his punctuality and his precise daily programme that includes his official missions and meeting citizens. He is renowned as being a good listener, and is both modest and affable. These characteristics engender love and admiration for His Highness in the Emirati people. In addition, His Highness has a serene personality and is a keen reader of history and literature.
His Highness practices many hobbies, including fishing and falconry. He developed a love for these pastimes from his father, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. In this context, His Highness has personally sponsored projects and programmes that protect the natural environment in hunting areas. Among these are the releasing of falcons and returning them to their original environment at the end of each hunting season, as well as the breeding of the Hubara Bustard, considered the favourite quarry of falcons, and acting as patron for research relating to the migration of birds using state-of-the-art technology. His Highness’s contributions in this field are highly appreciated and have been recognised at many international events. The role played by Sheikh Khalifa in these fields has led to personal friendships with many leaders, particularly in Central Asia.
His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed has a special awareness of the importance of the environment, ensuring that it has become one of the most fundamental factors to be considered in development projects and future growth, and a basic element in the legislative system and governmental policies. This awareness led to the appointment of a Minister for the Environment in the first Cabinet formed under his presidency.
His Highness is interested in different kind of sports, especially football, where he enjoys inaugurating or attending the main sporting events. He also recognises those local sports teams that achieve great success or win prizes, whether locally, regionally or internationally. For more information, please visit the official website of HH the President: http://www.uaepresident.ae