Al Nahyan family

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House of Al Nahyan
Emblem of Abu Dhabi - Gold.svg
Parent houseAl Falahi
CountryUnited Arab Emirates
FounderNahyan bin Falah
Current headKhalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan
Style(s)His/Her Highness

Al Nahyan (Arabic: آل نهيانĀl Nohayān/ English: The house of Nahyan) 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 between 1793 and 1966; they 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]


The current head, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan

Notable members of the Al Nahyan family include:

Rulers of Abu Dhabi[edit]

Other family members[edit]



Some members of the Royal family were found to have treated low-income workers inhumanly. Some of these incidents have occurred outside the UAE.[9][10]

See also[edit]


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  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).
  4. ^ "Wealth fund newbie comes into focus in Abu Dhabi's $1 trillion sovereign hub". Gulf Business. Retrieved 2021-05-23.
  5. ^ "Mohammed bin Rashid, Mohamed bin Zayed congratulate Mohammed bin Sultan bin Khalifa on his wedding". wam.
  6. ^ Report, Web. "Royal UAE wedding: Leaders e-attend simple ceremony". Khaleej Times.
  7. ^ "News".
  8. ^ "Abu Dhabi sheikh's body in Lake". 30 March 2010 – via
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