His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al NahyanCrown Prince of Abu Dhabi, and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, Chairman of the Executive Council
His Highness was born March 11, 1961, he also played an active role, participating in the development of the emirate of Abu Dhabi for more than three decades where it witnessed a rapid economic and social transformation.
His Highness is known, and for a long time, to be the directing force behind many initiatives that contributed into supporting and enforcing the security of the emirate of Abu Dhabi, and motivate its economic growth and diversity.
Working in the military field
His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed graduated from The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in 1979. His training included a fundamental armor course and a fundamental flying course, helicopters and tactical planes, as well as parachutist course. His Highness has an experience in flying the Gazelle helicopter armor and fleet, fly school and air collage.
Before His Highness became Armed Forced Chief of Staff in 1993, he was assigned to two positions, Commander of the UAE Air Force and Air Defense and Deputy Armed Forces Deputy Chief of Staff, he was capped as General a year after his graduation. After the passing of the late Sheikh Zayed (may he rest in peace) in 2004, and the election of his elder brother, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed al Nahyan as President of the United Arab Emirates, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed was assigned as Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces in 2005, and was promoted to LT General.
Government Positions and Decorations
In addition to His highness's military responsibilities, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed was the key advisor for his late father Sheikh Zayed Bin sultan Al Nahyan –may he rest in peace- regarding security issues. He was also Deputy Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi in November, 2003. His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed became Vice President of the Executive Council, and later its Chairman in November, 2004.
His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed is an active member of the Supreme Petroleum Council, which covers oil and energy sectors. His Highness received a lot of decorations and medals from the United Arab Emirates and other countries such as Kingdom of Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait, Oman, Jordan, Morocco, Pakistan, USA, UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, China, South Korea, Malaysia as well as the UN.
Interests and Activities
Economic diversity is considered one of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed's key issues, within efforts to achieve comprehensive up rise of the emirate of Abu Dhabi. His Highness holds Chairman of the UAE Offset Program Bureau (Offset) which work on executing investments through establishing projects of feasibility within the different sectors, which help with the UAE's economy diversification.To help create this diversification, Mubadala Development Company was established in 2002 to become one of Abu Dhabi Government's main investment entities, and aspire to achieve sustainable social and economic benefits for the emirate.
Research and Education
Education has always been a priority of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, whether its public or private from elementary till secondary school, and higher education. His Highness is the Chairman of Abu Dhabi Education Council, which was establish in 2005. Since its establishment, the Abu Dhabi Education Council oversees and develops the education sector within the emirate by conducting studies and activating the role of students and parents in the assessment processes, and communicate with high international educational institutions to exchange innovative initiatives that aim to develop the education sector. His Highness also chairs the Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research, which oversees the publishing of critical academic studies and analysis related to key issues relevant to both, the UAE and the region.
His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed is known for his passion for protecting wild falcons and bustards, as well as the Arabia Oryx, enriching the UAE's and the world's wildlife, which reflects throughout the establishment and heading of the Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund, his honorary presidency of Abu Dhabi Environment Authority. His Highness's passion for raising falcons, drove him to focus on protecting them, beside other endangered species in addition to plants. His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed is also known for his great interest in the animals of the Arabian Peninsula, especially the Arabian Oryx and bustards. His Highnesses efforts to preserve the nature lead to adopting alternative energy projects, particularly Masdar City in Abu Dhabi, which is an initiative to establish a carbon-emission-free city, which will enable Abu Dhabi to lead international research within energy development and sustainable techniques fields.