President of the United Arab Emirates

The president of the United Arab Emirates, or the Raʾīs (Arabic: رَئِيْس), is the head of state of the United Arab Emirates (UAE).[1][2]

President of the United Arab Emirates
رئيس دولة الإمارات العربية المتحدة
Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan
since 14 May 2022
StyleHis Highness
StatusHead of state
Member ofFederal Supreme Council
ResidenceQasr Al Watan
SeatAbu Dhabi
AppointerFederal Supreme Council
Term length5 years, renewable
Constituting instrumentConstitution of the United Arab Emirates
Inaugural holderZayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan
Formation2 December 1971 (1971-12-02)
DeputyVice President of the United Arab Emirates
WebsiteOfficial website

The president and vice-president are elected every five years by the Federal Supreme Council. Though the prime minister of the United Arab Emirates is formally appointed by the president, every UAE vice-president simultaneously serves as prime minister. Generally the ruler of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi holds the presidency and the ruler of the Emirate of Dubai holds the vice-presidency and premiership. The president is also the commander-in-chief of the UAE Armed Forces.

Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan was widely credited with unifying the seven emirates into one nation. He was the UAE's first president from the formation of the UAE until his death on 2 November 2004. He was succeeded by his son, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed, who died in office on 13 May 2022.[3] Following his brother Khalifa's death, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan was elected the third and current president of the UAE by the Federal Supreme Council on 14 May 2022.[4]


No. Portrait Name


Term of office Emirate
Took office Left office Time in office
1 Sheikh

Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan

زايد بن سلطان آل نهيان

2 December 1971 2 November 2004[5]

(Died in office)

32 years, 336 days  Abu Dhabi

Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum

مكتوم بن راشد آل مكتوم

2 November 2004 3 November 2004 1 day  Dubai
2 Sheikh

Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan

خليفة بن زايد آل نهيان

3 November 2004[6] 13 May 2022[7]

(Died in office)

17 years, 191 days  Abu Dhabi

Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum

محمد بن راشد آل مكتوم

13 May 2022[8] 14 May 2022 1 day  Dubai
3 Sheikh

Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan

محمد بن زايد آل نهيان

14 May 2022[4] Incumbent 264 days  Abu Dhabi



Change of life expectancy in the United Arab Emirates under various presidents

See also


  1. "The UAE Leaders". mideast-capital-6 (in French). Retrieved 31 August 2021.
  2. "The Political System of the UAE". Retrieved 31 August 2021.
  3. "UAE". Retrieved 12 February 2016.
  4. Reporter, A. Staff. "Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed elected President of the UAE". Khaleej Times. Retrieved 14 May 2022.
  5. " – UAE's president Nahyan dies – Nov 2, 2004". Retrieved 14 May 2022.
  6. "Khalifa elected new UAE President". Emirates News Agency. 4 November 2004. Retrieved 17 May 2022.
  7. "UAE President Sheikh Khalifa dies at 73". BBC News. 13 May 2022. Retrieved 14 May 2022.
  8. "UAE president Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed dies". Reuters. 13 May 2022. Retrieved 13 May 2022.
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