UAE's President Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan on Sunday issued an Emiri Decree on the appointment of Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan as Deputy Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and authorizes him to assume the position of Crown Prince once the position falls vacant. It states that Sheikh Zayed has issued the decree after reviewing Law No.1 of 1974 regarding the re-organization of the Government bodies of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and its amendments, WAM reported.
Born in 1961, Sheikh Mohammed has been the UAE Armed Forces Chief of Staff since January 1993 and was promoted to the rank of Lt. General on January 24, 1994. Sheikh Mohammed completed his regular schooling in the UAE and had graduated from the famous UK Sandhurst Military College in 1979. He took a number of specialized military courses in various fields and had held several military ranks, including Commander of Air Forces and Air Defence and Deputy Chief of Staff before he was appointed as the Chief of Staff. Besides his military duties, Sheikh Mohammed is also the President's Chief Advisor on national security issues. He also participates in all political and legislative discussions and is an active member of the Supreme Petroleum Council, the highest petroleum and energy authority in the Emirate. He is married and has nine sons.
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