Khalifa bin Zayed: The Man of Development, Initiatives, Empowerment

Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed and Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed in a photo taken in 2019 (AP)
Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed and Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed in a photo taken in 2019 (AP)
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Khalifa bin Zayed: The Man of Development, Initiatives, Empowerment

Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed and Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed in a photo taken in 2019 (AP)
Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed and Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed in a photo taken in 2019 (AP)

The late Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the eldest son of the founder of the UAE, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, is the second president of the country. He was elected on Nov. 3, 2004 as President of the Gulf state that was founded on Dec. 2, 1971.

His mother is Sheikha Hessa bint Mohammed bin Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan. He was born on Sept. 7, 1948 in Al Muwaiji Castle in the city of Al Ain in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. He lived with his family in the castle, and received his school education at the Al-Nahyaniya School established by Sheikh Zayed. He spent most of his childhood in the oases of Al Ain and Al Buraimi, along with his father, who ruled the Al Ain region at that time.

Sheikh Khalifa remained loyal to his father, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, in his mission to improve the lives of the tribes in the region and establish the authority of the state, which had a great impact on his education.

He was appointed as the representative of the ruler of Abu Dhabi in the eastern region, and head of its legal system in August 1966. He later assumed the position of Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi on the first of February 1969.

Sheikh Khalifa assumed the presidency of the first local council of ministers of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi on July 1, 1971, as well as the defense and finance portfolios. He became Deputy Prime Minister of the Federal Council of Ministers on Jan. 20, 1974, then Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces in 1976.

When Sheikh Zayed Al Nahyan moved to Abu Dhabi to become the ruler of the emirate in August 1966, he appointed his son, Sheikh Khalifa - who was 18 years old at the time - as his representative in the Eastern Province and head of the courts.

On the first of February 1969, Sheikh Khalifa was nominated Crown Prince of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and assumed the duties of the Defense Ministry. He established the Defense Department in Abu Dhabi, which later became the nucleus that formed the UAE armed forces.

On the first of July 1971, as part of the restructuring of the Abu Dhabi government, he was appointed the Ruler of Abu Dhabi and the local minister of defense and finance in the emirate.

On December 23, 1973, Sheikh Khalifa assumed the position of Deputy Prime Minister in the second cabinet. Shortly after, on Jan. 20, 1974, he took on the presidency of the Executive Council of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, which replaced the local government in the emirate.

Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed supervised the Executive Council’s endeavor to achieve comprehensive development programs in Abu Dhabi, and ordered the establishment of the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority in 1976, with the aim of managing financial investments in the emirate.

He was elected President of the State on Nov. 3, 2004, following the passing away of his father, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan on Nov. 2, 2004.

Sheikh Khalifa was known to practice a number of hobbies, including fishing and falconry (hunting). He supported a number of environmental projects, including breeding and liberation programs for falcons and houbara bustards in the Arabian Peninsula and Central Asia.

He has also been appointed a Minister of Environment in the first government that was formed during his tenure. Sheikh Khalifa was a sports fan, and his other hobbies include literature and history.

Under Sheikh Khalifa’s tenure, the country witnessed a wide development renaissance. In 2005, he directed the development of a comprehensive infrastructure, and the allocation of 16 billion dirhams ($ 4.3 billion) to develop infrastructure and service facilities in the northern emirates to advance economic and social progress in these areas.

Until 2013, the Emirates had seen the completion of more than 24 ports, the construction of Sheikh Khalifa Hospital in Ras Al Khaimah, the building of thousands of homes, in addition to several highways, intersections, and tunnels.

His era of empowerment began in 2006, with the establishment of the Federal National Council, which is an advisory council comprising 40 members, including women.

Foreign policy under the tenure of Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed saw balance in relations with the countries of the region and the world. The UAE also worked to raise dealings with countries to the levels of comprehensive partnership, and to strengthen relations with the Gulf Cooperation Council and Arab countries. His era was also marked by the historic agreement between the UAE and Israel to establish direct and full bilateral relations.

At the end of January 2014, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed fell ill as a result of a stroke.



45th Saudi Relief Plane with Aid for Palestinians in Gaza Arrives in Egypt

The plane is carrying shelter items to be transported to the Palestinian people in Gaza Strip. (SPA)
The plane is carrying shelter items to be transported to the Palestinian people in Gaza Strip. (SPA)
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45th Saudi Relief Plane with Aid for Palestinians in Gaza Arrives in Egypt

The plane is carrying shelter items to be transported to the Palestinian people in Gaza Strip. (SPA)
The plane is carrying shelter items to be transported to the Palestinian people in Gaza Strip. (SPA)

The 45th Saudi relief plane, operated by the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief) in coordination with the Ministry of Defense, arrived at Al-Arish International Airport in Egypt on Friday carrying shelter items to be transported to the Palestinian people in Gaza Strip.

The assistance is in keeping with Saudi Arabia's historic role in supporting the brotherly Palestinian people in times of crisis.


Saudi FM Makes Phone Call to Algerian Counterpart

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah attends a press conference in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, August 17, 2023. (Reuters)
Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah attends a press conference in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, August 17, 2023. (Reuters)
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Saudi FM Makes Phone Call to Algerian Counterpart

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah attends a press conference in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, August 17, 2023. (Reuters)
Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah attends a press conference in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, August 17, 2023. (Reuters)

The Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs, Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah, made a telephone call to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and National Community Abroad of Algeria, Ahmed Attaf.
During the call, they discussed the latest developments in the region.

Talks also focused on the situation in the Gaza Strip, its surroundings, and the efforts being exerted in this regard.


Saudi Arabia, US Discuss De-escalating Regional Tensions

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah. (AFP)
Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah. (AFP)
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Saudi Arabia, US Discuss De-escalating Regional Tensions

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah. (AFP)
Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah. (AFP)

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah held telephone talks on Thursday with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on the latest developments and means to ease regional tensions.

They discussed issues of common interest, namely the situation in Sudan and Gaza, and the importance of delivering more humanitarian aid to the Palestinian enclave.


Saudi Minister of Defense Receives Ministry's Senior Officials on Occasion of Eid al-Fitr

Saudi Minister of Defense Prince Khalid bin Salman bin Abdulaziz. (SPA)
Saudi Minister of Defense Prince Khalid bin Salman bin Abdulaziz. (SPA)
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Saudi Minister of Defense Receives Ministry's Senior Officials on Occasion of Eid al-Fitr

Saudi Minister of Defense Prince Khalid bin Salman bin Abdulaziz. (SPA)
Saudi Minister of Defense Prince Khalid bin Salman bin Abdulaziz. (SPA)

Saudi Minister of Defense Prince Khalid bin Salman bin Abdulaziz received on Wednesday the ministry's senior officials, who came to congratulate him on the occasion of Eid al-Fitr.

Meeting at the Al Safa Palace in the holy city of Makkah, Prince Khalid conveyed the congratulations and greetings of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, Supreme Commander of All Military Forces, and Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, Crown Prince and Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia, on the occasion.

Prince Khalid appealed to God to safeguard the Kingdom, its leadership and people and for security, stability and prosperity to prevail under the wise leadership.


Emir of Kuwait, King of Bahrain Congratulate Saudi Crown Prince on Eid al-Fitr

Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, Crown Prince and Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia, meets with Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa in this file photo. (AFP)
Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, Crown Prince and Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia, meets with Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa in this file photo. (AFP)
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Emir of Kuwait, King of Bahrain Congratulate Saudi Crown Prince on Eid al-Fitr

Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, Crown Prince and Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia, meets with Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa in this file photo. (AFP)
Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, Crown Prince and Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia, meets with Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa in this file photo. (AFP)

Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, Crown Prince and Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia, received on Wednesday a telephone call from Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Mishal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah on the occasion of Eid al-Fitr.

The leaders congratulated each other on the occasion, appealing to God Almighty to return it with goodness and blessings.

Crown Prince Mohammed also received a similar call of congratulations from Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa.


Saudi Crown Prince Performs Eid al-Fitr Prayer in Makkah

Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Crown Prince and Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia, performs the Eid al-Fitr prayer at the Grand Mosque in the holy city of Makkah on Wednesday. (SPA)
Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Crown Prince and Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia, performs the Eid al-Fitr prayer at the Grand Mosque in the holy city of Makkah on Wednesday. (SPA)
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Saudi Crown Prince Performs Eid al-Fitr Prayer in Makkah

Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Crown Prince and Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia, performs the Eid al-Fitr prayer at the Grand Mosque in the holy city of Makkah on Wednesday. (SPA)
Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Crown Prince and Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia, performs the Eid al-Fitr prayer at the Grand Mosque in the holy city of Makkah on Wednesday. (SPA)

Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Crown Prince and Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia, performed on Wednesday the Eid al-Fitr prayer at the Grand Mosque in the holy city of Makkah.

After the prayer, he received several princes, religious scholars, ministers and senior officials, who congratulated him on the occasion of Eid.


Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Performs Eid Al-Fitr Prayer in Jeddah

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud performs the Eid Al-Fitr prayer at the Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah on Wednesday. (SPA)
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud performs the Eid Al-Fitr prayer at the Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah on Wednesday. (SPA)
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Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Performs Eid Al-Fitr Prayer in Jeddah

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud performs the Eid Al-Fitr prayer at the Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah on Wednesday. (SPA)
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud performs the Eid Al-Fitr prayer at the Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah on Wednesday. (SPA)

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud performed on Wednesday the Eid Al-Fitr prayer at the Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah.

He was joined by several princes and senior officials who took the opportunity to convey their congratulations and blessings to King Salman on the occasion.


20th Saudi Relief Plane Arrives in Poland to Deliver Aid to Ukrainians

Saudi aid continues to arrive in Poland at Rzeszow Airport near the Ukrainian border. SPA
Saudi aid continues to arrive in Poland at Rzeszow Airport near the Ukrainian border. SPA
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20th Saudi Relief Plane Arrives in Poland to Deliver Aid to Ukrainians

Saudi aid continues to arrive in Poland at Rzeszow Airport near the Ukrainian border. SPA
Saudi aid continues to arrive in Poland at Rzeszow Airport near the Ukrainian border. SPA

The 20th Saudi relief flight operated by the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief) arrived on Tuesday in Poland at Rzeszow Airport near the Ukrainian border.

It will cross the border into Ukraine, carrying 50 tons of relief aid, including electric appliances.

The aid reflects the Kingdom's unwavering commitment to supporting the needy people and those affected by crises and difficulties worldwide.


Saudi, Maltese Foreign Ministers Discuss Gaza

Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah
Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah
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Saudi, Maltese Foreign Ministers Discuss Gaza

Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah
Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah

The Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs, Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah, received a telephone call on Tuesday from his Maltese counterpart, Ian Borg.

During the call, they discussed the latest developments in the Gaza Strip and its neighboring areas and the efforts to reach peace and stability.


King Salman Congratulates Muslims on Eid, Stresses Need to End Violations against Palestinians

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz. (SPA)
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz. (SPA)
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King Salman Congratulates Muslims on Eid, Stresses Need to End Violations against Palestinians

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz. (SPA)
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz. (SPA)

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz congratulated on Tuesday Muslims across the globe on the occasion of Eid al-Fitr that marks the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan.

In an address on the occasion, he stressed that Eid embodies the values of unity and tolerance.

He underlined the need for an end to the violations against the Palestinian people and to secure humanitarian corridors to deliver aid to end their suffering and allow them to obtain all of their legitimate rights, including the establishment of an independent state.

King Salman added that God Almighty had bestowed Saudi Arabia with several blessings, paramount of which was unity and the honor of serving the Two Holy Mosques and Hajj and Umrah pilgrims.

The Kingdom will forge ahead along the path paved by founder King Abdulaziz bin Abdulrahman and his heirs, he vowed.