Abu Dhabi: Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan will be the next president of the UAE, the Supreme Council announced on Saturday.
The 61-year-old leader will be the country’s third president after succeeding Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, who passed away on May 13 at the age of 73.
Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan will be the 17th Ruler of Abu Dhabi, having served as Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi from November 2004.
Sheikh Mohamed has also served as the UAE Armed Forces Deputy Supreme Commander since January 2005. He is credited with helping to shape the UAE Armed Forces’ strategic planning, training, organisational structure, and defence capabilities.
The UAE Armed Forces have grown as a premier institution admired by worldwide military organisations under his leadership.