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About the rulers of

the seven emirates


and their visions
The Ruler of Abu Dhabi
Khalifa bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan is the current
President of the UAE and emir of Abu Dhabi. He succeeded
to the post on 3 November 2004. Following the
establishment of the UAE on 2 December 1971, Sheikh
Khalifa became Deputy Prime Minister of the federal state.
In May 1976 he became deputy commander of the UAE
armed forces. He also heads the Supreme Petroleum
Council, which enjoys wide powers in energy matters.
Sheikh Khalifa is known for his interest in traditional sports,
mainly horse and camel racing. He is generally regarded as
a pro-Western modernizer. According to Forbes, Khalifa bin
Zayed Al Nahyan is the world's second wealthiest royal,
with an estimated wealth of 23 billion USD.
The Ruler of Ajman
Sheikh Humaid bin Rashid al-Nuaimi succeeded his father
Sheikh Rashid and became the emir of Ajman (one of the
seven emirates of the United Arab Emirates federation) in
1981 and he is the current emir of Ajman. Under his reign,
the state saw rapid changes from a small fishing town at the
time of independence to a modern emirate. He received his
early education in Dubai in the 1940s and 1950s and later
went to Cairo for further studies. In the early 1970s he
became active in the affairs of state, as Ajman joined the
United Arab Emirates in December 1971 and he was
required to act as a deputy ruler. His elder brother Sheikh Ali
was sidelined in the process. He belongs to the Al Nuaim
tribe.
The Ruler of Dubai
Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum is the Prime Minister and Vice
President of the UAE, and the Ruler of Dubai. On January 4th, 2006, he
became the Ruler of Dubai and on January 5th Sheikh Mohammed was
elected the Vice President of UAE. Sheikh Mohammad is known to be avid
in the art of traditional Arabic poems, arts, and is also sport enthusiast,
especially in horse and camel racing. He is a man who has made
promises and kept them; he has insisted on excellence and achieved it; he
has defined the role of leadership and fulfilled it. Sheikh Mohammed has
competently authored the Dubai success story in record time and put the
UAE on a unique course, which nations around the world compete to
replicate. Since becoming the Vice President and Prime Minister of the
UAE, and Ruler of Dubai, groundbreaking initiatives have been rolled out
at an astonishing rate. Sheikh Mohammed set out his inclusive world view
in his book 'My Vision', where he describes his philosophy and his political
and economic vision. In 2008, his wealth was estimated at $28 billion USD
which made him the world's fifth richest royal.
The Ruler of Fujairah
Hamad bin Mohammed Al Sharqi (born 25 May 1948) is
the current ruler of the Emirate of Fujairah in the United
Arab Emirates (UAE). He took over after the death of his
father in 1974. Educated in Britain, Hamad is a progressive
ruler, and his reformist leanings have held him in good
stead with businessmen and expatriates alike. He attended
the Mons Military Academy in 1970 and from 1971 to 1974
served as Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries. Hamad bin
Mohammed is married to Fatima bint Thani Al Maktoum
from the Al Maktoum family, the royal family of Dubai.
The Ruler of Ras-Al-Khaimah
Sheikh Saqr bin Mohammad al-Qasimi (born April
9, 1918) is the world's oldest reigning monarch at 91,
however, his reign is only the second longest of
living monarchs, after the King Bhumibol Adulyadej
of Thailand. He became the Ruler of Ras Al
Khaimah on 17 July 1948, when he overthrew his
uncle and father-in-law Sheikh Sultan Bin Salem al-
Qasimi in a bloodless coup.
The Ruler of Sharjah
Sheikh Sultan bin Mohamed Al-Qasimi III was born on
July 2, 1939. He is the Member of the Supreme Council
of the United Arab Emirates and current ruler of Sharjah.
He is the third ruler of Sharjah to bear this name. He has
ruled Sharjah continuously since 1972, apart from a 6-
day period in 1987 (17 June 1987 - 23 June 1987). He
has also written a book titled "The Myth of Arab Piracy in
the Gulf" (1986) in which he argues that the East India
Company was determined to increase its share of
Persian Gulf trade by all possible means and principally
by the accusation of piracy and the need to fight it. He
belongs to the Al Qasimi dynasty
The Ruler of Umm Al-Quwain
Born on October 1, 1952, Sheikh Saud received his
elementary and primary education in Umm al Quwain
before attending high school in Lebanon. He graduated
with a degree in Economics from Cairo University, Egypt
in 1974. He was appointed to the UAE foreign ministry in
1973, and seconded at the Umm Al Quwain Amiri court.
He was appointed Commander of the Umm Al Quwain
Amiri guard in 1977. In 1979, he was appointed chief of
the Umm Al Quwain Amiri Court (Diwan) and became
crown prince in 1982.