President of the United Arab Emirates

President of the
United Arab Emirates
Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan-CROPPED.jpg
Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan

since 3 November 2004
StyleHis Highness
His Excellency (diplomatic)
Member ofFederal Supreme Council
ResidenceQasr Al Watan
SeatAbu Dhabi
AppointerFederal Supreme Council (de jure)
Hereditary Succession (de facto)
Term length5 years, no term limit (de jure)
Life tenure (de facto)
Constituting instrumentConstitution of the United Arab Emirates
Inaugural holderZayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan
Formation2 December 1971
DeputyMohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum (de jure)
Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan (de facto)
WebsiteOfficial website

The President of the United Arab Emirates, or the Raʾīs (Arabic: رَئِـيْـس‎), is the head of state of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The President and Vice-President are elected every five years by the Federal Supreme Council. Though the UAE Prime Minister is formally appointed by the President, every UAE Vice-President simultaneously serves as Prime Minister. Usually, a sheikh from the Emirate of Abu Dhabi holds the presidency, and a sheikh from the Emirate of Dubai the vice-presidency and premiership.

Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan was the UAE's founding father and widely credited with unifying the seven emirates into one country. He was the UAE's first president, from the UAE's founding until his death on 2 November 2004. On the following day the Federal Supreme Council elected his son, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, to the post.[1] The President is also the Commander-in-Chief of the UAE Armed Forces.

Presidents of the United Arab Emirates (1971–present)

No. Portrait Name


Term of office
Took office Left office Time in office
1 UAE Father of the Nation.jpg Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan

زايد بن سلطان آل نهيان

2 December 1971 2 November 2004

(Died in office)

32 years,

336 days

Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum.jpg Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum

مكتوم بن راشد آل مكتوم

2 November 2004 3 November 2004 1 day
2 Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan-CROPPED.jpg Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan(of Abu Dhabi)

خليفة بن زايد آل نهيان

3 November 2004 Incumbent 16 years, 194 days


See also


  1. ^ "UAE". Arabruleoflaw.org. Retrieved 12 February 2016.

External links

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