House of Nahyan

The House of Nahyan (Arabic: آل نهيان, romanized: Āl Nuhayān) are one of the six ruling families of the United Arab Emirates, and are based in the capital Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Al Nahyan is a branch of the House of Al Falahi (Āl Bū Falāḥ), a branch of the Bani Yas tribe, and are related to the House of Al Falasi from which the ruling family of Dubai, Al Maktoum, descends. The Bani Yas came to Abu Dhabi in the 18th century from Liwa Oasis.[1] They have ruled Abu Dhabi since 1793, and previously ruled Liwa. Five of the rulers were overthrown and eight were killed in coups between 1793 and 1966; many were brothers.[2][3] The Al Nayhan family control multiple sovereign wealth funds including the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority and Mubadala Investment Company that have an estimated $1 trillion worth of assets under management.[4]

House of Nahyan
Parent houseAl Falahi
CountryUnited Arab Emirates
Founded1761 (1761)
FounderSheikh Nahyan bin Falah
Current headMohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan
TitlesRuler of Abu Dhabi
Style(s)His/Her Highness


The current head, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan

Notable members of the Al Nahyan family include:

Rulers of Abu Dhabi

  • 1761–1793: Sheikh Dhiyab bin Isa Al Nahyan
  • 1793–1816: Sheikh Shakhbut bin Dhiyab Al Nahyan
  • 1816–1818: Sheikh Muhammad bin Shakhbut Al Nahyan
  • 1818–1833: Sheikh Tahnun bin Shakhbut Al Nahyan
  • 1833–1845: Sheikh Khalifa bin Shakhbut Al Nahyan
  • 1845–1855: Sheikh Saeed bin Tahnun Al Nahyan
  • 1855–1909: Sheikh Zayed bin Khalifa Al Nahyan
  • 1909–1912: Sheikh Tahnun bin Zayed Al Nahyan
  • 1912–1922: Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan
  • 1922–1926: Sheikh Sultan bin Zayed Al Nahyan
  • 1926–1928: Sheikh Saqr bin Zayed Al Nahyan
  • 1928–1966: Sheikh Shakhbut bin Sultan Al Nahyan
  • 1966–2004: Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan
  • 2004–2022: Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan
  • 2022–present: Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan


Some members of the Royal family were found to have treated low-income workers inhumanely. Some of these incidents have occurred outside the UAE.[5][6]

See also


  1. Motohiro, Ono (March 2011). "Reconsideration of the Meanings of the Tribal Ties in the United Arab Emirates: Abu Dhabi Emirate in Early ʼ90s" (PDF). Kyoto Bulletin of Islamic Area Studies. 4–1 (2): 25–34. Retrieved 17 April 2013.
  2. Davidson, Christopher M. (2011). Abu Dhabi: Oil and Beyond. Hurst. ISBN 9781849041539.
  3. James Onley; Sulayman Khalaf (2006). "Shaikhly Authority in the Pre‐oil Gulf: An Historical–Anthropological Study". History and Anthropology. 17 (3): 189–208. doi:10.1080/02757200600813965. S2CID 53984524.
  4. "Wealth fund newbie comes into focus in Abu Dhabi's $1 trillion sovereign hub". Gulf Business. 2 March 2021. Retrieved 23 May 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. "ABC News Exclusive: Torture Tape Implicates UAE Royal Sheikh - ABC News". ABC News.
  6. "UAE princesses guilty of servant abuse in Belgium". BBC. 23 June 2017. Retrieved 15 August 2021.
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