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November 3rd, 2004, 09:21 PM
Hi, well this issue got resolved quickly.
The UAE's federal council elected as the new president Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the eldest son of the late Shaikh Zayed, Abu Dhabi television said.
President Shaikh Zayed died yesterday after a long illness. The federal council, made up of the seven emirates of the UAE, met immediately and elected Shaikh Khalifa as his replacement.
November 3rd, 2004, 10:05 PM
This is Sheikh Khalifa for the people who don't know him:
November 3rd, 2004, 10:13 PM
Profile of the new president (Allah Eywafgah inshalla) :
H.H. Sheikh Khalifa, the eldest son of UAE President Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, is one of the most outstanding personalities in the country. He was born in 1948 in Al-Ain, in the eastern region of the Abu Dhabi Emirate. He accompanied his father from childhood, learning from him the arts of leadership, politics, wisdom, and genuine Arabic values. Raised in such an environment, H.H. Sheikh Khalifa has opened his house to all people wishing to meet him in order to discuss their worries and problems with utter eagerness and honesty as well as a sense of responsibility.
H.H. Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan strongly believes in the value of work and construction. He loves falconry, fishing, and reading history and poetry books. He has long-standing expertise in running the Emirate of Abu Dhabis' affairs as well as the works of the Federal Council of Ministers, in addition to organizing defense affairs.
The most important leadership, military, and public positions H.H. Sheikh Khalifa has assumed are
- Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi - February 1, 1969.
- Head of the Department of Defense of Abu Dhabi - February 2, 1969.
- Head of the Council of Ministers of Abu Dhabi and Minister of Defense and Finance - July 1971.
- Deputy Prime Minister of the Federal Government - December 1971.
- Head of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi's Executive Council - 1974.
- Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces - 1976.
- President of the Supreme Petroleum Council.
- Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Abu Dhabi Fund for Arab Economic Development.
- Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority.
His most significant achievements are
- Supervising the formation of the Abu Dhabi Defense Force - 1969.
- Contributing to the issuance of the Reorganization Act for the Abu Dhabi Government and participating in all activities aimed at bringing prosperity to the UAE and its citizens.
- Making considerable contributions, when appointed as Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, to the modernization, build-up, and procurement of the most sophisticated weapons and equipment available.
- In becoming Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and presiding over the Executive Council of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi in 1974, all authorities and departments finalized dozens of projects, especially in housing, water, electricity, roads, and public services within a few years.
- Personally supervising the construction of 16 public hospitals in various parts of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. In addition, he inaugurated more than 12 private hospitals and 374 private clinics.
- Directly supervising the oil resources of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi in his capacity as President of the Supreme Petroleum Council.
November 3rd, 2004, 11:39 PM
he is pretty old, i thought he was younger
November 3rd, 2004, 11:47 PM
ya he is 56 years old, but inshalla he can lead the nation for many years.
November 4th, 2004, 02:50 AM
and the new crown prince?
November 4th, 2004, 09:36 AM
Maybe Sheikh Mohammed?
November 4th, 2004, 11:50 AM
as far as am concerned, nothin was mentioned about any new crown prince, maybe hamdan is still the crown prince, although typically, the son of khalifa should be, but so far, no idea if anythin changed.
November 4th, 2004, 01:39 PM
crown prince is shk. mohd.
November 5th, 2004, 01:29 PM
Wise leader with wealth of experience
President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan is the eldest son of the late Shaikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan. He was born in 1948 in Al Ain, the Eastern Province of Abu Dhabi. His mother is Shaikha Hassah Bin Mohammad Bin Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
The shaping of Shaikh Khalifa's character, ideas and behaviour is attributed to his father. Throughout his early life, he remained close to his father, learning from him and gaining experience in leadership and in politics.
He is easily accessible at his majlis, in which all members of society are received. He will not let anyone leave without someone either himself or an aide looking into the request or grievance.
In the various positions occupied by Shaikh Khalifa, he has left a clear imprint. The posts occupied by Shaikh Khalifa are as follows:
September 18, 1966: Appointed Representative of the Ruler of Abu Dhabi in the Eastern Province and Chairman of the Tribunals.
February 1, 1969: Named Crown Prince. The decree stipulated that this choice was in conformity with a "unanimous trust in his wisdom, experience and knowledge".
All members of the family of Al Nahyan complimented this well-deserved selection and swore allegiance to Shaikh Khalifa. The selection also left a positive impression on the public, who were familiar with his wisdom, foresight, good character and maturity.
February 2, 1969: When the Defence Force of Abu Dhabi was being formed (the nucleus of the present-day UAE Army), Shaikh Khalifa was appointed Chief of the Department of Defence. He supervised the different stages of building and enhancing the force.
July 1, 1971: When the law for reorganisation of Abu Dhabi Government was issued, Shaikh Khalifa was appointed Prime Minister of Abu Dhabi and Minister of Defence and Finance. Under the auspices of his father, he participated in all activities aimed at the welfare of the people, including the establishment of a solid infrastructure and the execution of several urban projects in the emirate.
December 2, 1971: Following the establishment of the United Arab Emirates, Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed was appointed Federal Prime Minister.
Since January 20, 1974, Shaikh Khalifa has presided over the Executive Council of the emirate of Abu Dhabi. This council was formed to replace the Abu Dhabi Council of Ministers following a resolution by the late Shaikh Zayed abolishing the council and merging some ministries of Abu Dhabi with the Federal Government. This step was designed to consolidate the Federation. The Executive Council is concerned with the enhancement of public utilities and the realisation of socio-economic progress in Abu Dhabi. It also assisted the Ruler in performing his responsibilities.
May 1976: Shaikh Khalifa was appointed Deputy Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the UAE's Armed Forces following the historic resolution by the Federal Supreme Council merging the Armed Forces under one command and one flag. Shaikh Khalifa succeeded in expanding the UAE's Armed Forces, supplying them with modern arms and equipment and intensified military training, thus establishing a strong army capable of defending the country, safeguarding the country's frontiers and protecting its great achievements.
In 1979, when increasing complaints were voiced by owners of real estate who were sustaining heavy losses as a result of the high rate of interest charged by banks on loans, Shaikh Khalifa ordered that the Government assume the burden, and the rate of interest be reduced from 15 per cent to 1.5 per cent.
Thanks to the supervision exercised by Shaikh Khalifa, the UAE's various departments have succeeded, over the past few years, in completing a number of projects, particularly in the fields of housing, water and power supplies, road-building and public services. Actually, the country has experienced a tremendous modernisation leap. At all times, he is preoccupied with future development requirements in the UAE's various sectors, especially in the fields of transport and traffic.
Abu Dhabi's oil wealth comes directly under the supervision and management of Shaikh Khalifa who exercises full control over all oil facilities. Such control is exercised through the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company.
Shaikh Khalifa is aware of the dangers posed by the UAE's reliance on a single source for its national income. This single source faces depletion. It is, therefore, necessary for the country to explore other potential sources of income that, together with oil, will help the country build its national economic edifice to be even more secure and predictable.
Shaikh Khalifa oversees an ambitious plan aimed at establishing the largest industrial base in the Al Ruwais region of Abu Dhabi. This plan envisages use of oil and natural gas in a number of petro-chemical industries and complexes.
Shaikh Khalifa is well aware of the true challenges of the battle for urbanisation in the UAE to ensure its citizens' welfare.
"Each one of us has a heavy task to carry if we wish to cross the bridge leading us to a world dominated by economic powers."
In his opinion, the moulding of a man is the most rewarding investment.
Shaikh Khalifa is Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Abu Dhabi Fund for Arab Economic Development, whose main concern is to extend loans and assistance to all Arab and friendly countries to help them achieve their development targets. He is also Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Investment Board.
Viewpoint: Khalifa on foreign policy
President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan says the country will continue its balanced foreign policy based on establishing close relations and cooperation with other countries, adhering to international charters and conventions.
In a statement on the occasion of the UAE's National Day in 2001, Shaikh Khalifa said the country will also be a good neighbour, respecting the sovereignty and territorial integrity of nations, denouncing violence and terrorism, and settling of international crises through peaceful means, without interfering in the internal affairs of other states.
He stressed the UAE's determination to adhere to its policy of opening new avenues of cooperation with other states, respecting good neighbours and continuously striving to consolidate its ties through a sound observation of the various Arab, Islamic and global issues.
The policy that the UAE would not meddle in any other country's internal affairs was mentioned by Shaikh Khalifa in a statement to WAM in 1993.
Speaking on the demographic imbalance in the UAE, Shaikh Khalifa said that drafting new laws on emiratisation would offer a practical framework to solve the problem.
"We know that both the public and private sectors have their own roles in this respect. But we see that there is a role to be played at the heart of the economic security process," he told the Arabic-language daily Asharq Al Awsat in June last year.
"To correct the imbalance in the demographic structure, it is necessary to train UAE national manpower so that it can make its presence felt in the labour market through their skill and professionalism, and not through the imposition of rules and regulations."
"Because of the qualitative and quantitative development, the UAE's Armed Forces now stand among the most modern armies in the region."
November 5th, 2004, 01:32 PM
Khalifa to maintain growth path
Abu Dhabi, Dubai: The unanimous election of President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan will usher in a new era in the UAE, top officials from the government and private sector said yesterday.
They welcomed the new leadership and declared that the UAE would easily cope with the economic challenges ahead under Shaikh Khalifa, who is expected to play a key role in continuing to build a strong economy. They praised his credentials as a visionary leader.
"Shaikh Khalifa will continue to lead the country forward in its rapid march towards balanced economic development.
"He will implement the plans and strategies laid out by his late father," they said.
Shaikh Khalifa, 56, has been at the forefront of Abu Dhabi's and the UAE's development policies and activities since he was 21, and has vast experience in federal affairs as well as wide exposure to regional and international affairs.
Sultan Ahmad Bin Sulayem, executive chairman of the Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corp, said the development and modernisation of the UAE will continue under the leadership of Shaikh Khalifa.
"Under his leadership, I am sure that the UAE will continue to grow and develop. With the quick and timely election of Shaikh Khalifa as the President of the UAE, the federation's leadership has demonstrated its willingness and determination to continue the development activities initiated by the late President Shaikh Zayed.
"During the last 33 years, we have achieved progress and prosperity to a great degree. The country has developed its human resources by investing in human capital and now all we need to do is continue the activities that will help us to grow. Under the new president, I am sure we will continue to grow," Bin Sulayem added.
Khalid Ali Al Bustani, assistant undersecretary for revenue and budget in the Ministry of Finance and Industry, said: "Shaikh Khalifa will follow the path that the late Shaikh Zayed took in creating a well-diversified economy that grew at a robust pace from year to year.
"The developments not only in the energy sector but across all other sectors will continue to race ahead in the future under Shaikh Khalifa, who has vast experience and knowledge."
"Shaikh Khalifa has been involved in several pioneering projects and we can be certain industrialisation, economic reforms and privatisation will gain greater attention," said Hussain Al Nowais, board member of Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Chairman of Emirates Holdings.
"Shaikh Khalifa has had a long service as President of the Supreme Petroleum Council and is instrumental in leading Abu Dhabi in the development of its rich oil and gas resources. We anticipate he will provide great leadership as in the past and we expect the oil and gas sector to grow," said Bud Fackrell, general manager of Adma-Opco, an Adnoc subsidiary.
Mohammad Al Qubaisi, chairman of Finance House, said the country is seeing a generational change but the new leadership will take forward the same vision of the past.
"Of course, the geo-political and geo-economic changes will dictate certain shifts in strategies, but the broad economic principles will not change.
"I expect economic growth to maintain its momentum," he said.
Economies in the region are introducing liberal policies as a result of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) rules.
"The UAE is no exception and we feel Shaikh Khalifa is very progressive in his thinking and policies," said Mohammad Rashid Al Mohanadi, undersecretary in the Department of Civil Aviation, Abu Dhabi.
"Surely, the oil revenues will be used wisely towards strengthening the infrastructure of the country and already we are seeing a vibrant construction sector," he said.
Mouyyad Hassan, chairman of the Iraqi Business Council, said: "With the sad death of the Shaikh Zayed, the election of Shaikh Khalifa as the new President of the UAE is reassuring and will help the country to move forward towards the same direction, envisioned by the late president"
"We look forward to an even brighter future for the UAE under his leadership."
Indian born J.R. Gangaramani, managing director of Al Fara'a Construction in Al Ain, who has seen developments in the country for the last three decades said Shaikh Khalifa has been following in the footsteps of his late father from a young age and is consequently "well trained, very capable and has a clear vision. The economy and businesses are in for good times."
November 5th, 2004, 03:27 PM
Yes, as Qatar4ever mentioned Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed who is Khalifa's brother is the crown prince now. Am just waiting for Mohammed Bin Rashid to be the Prime Minister as i heard some rumers about that and Maktoom to stay as Vice President only. As for Khalifa's age some do say that he is much older than that.