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Mohamed bin Zayed, the “strongman” of the Middle East, takes the reins of power in the United Arab Emirates.

Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyanone of the most influential people in the Middle East, became after the death of his half-brother Khalifa in the new Emir of Abu Dhabiand president United Arab Emirates (UAE), a country that has been ruling in the shadow of its predecessor for ten years.

Mohamed bin Zayed, known as MBZ, has been the de facto ruler of the small oil-rich country since 2014, when the late President Khalifa suffered a stroke that removed him from public life as well as decision-making.

MBZ witnessed the transformation of the Emirates From dirt to Kingsand has been determined in recent years to turn a country initially insignificant geopolitically into one of the greatest regional powers both militarily, economically and politically.

His stated fierce fight against Islamism and religious extremism – inside and outside the UAE – was one of the main reasons that prompted him to intervene to suppress Democratic protests in the Persian Gulf in 2011 which, in his opinion, were the ideal breeding ground for radical ideas.

They announced a tough fight against Islamism and religious extremism.

One of his main fears is that his country or the entire region will be “destabilized”, for which MBZ has ordered widespread campaigns to arrest dissidents and engage in wars such as the war in Yemen, where he also feels threatened by the Iranian presence, his large regional enemy politically and religiously.

Now this weapons and combat aircraft enthusiast leads a small country of just 9.8 million people, of which only 10% are Emirati, which he wants to position on the map as military powerlike a sort of Sparta in the Middle East.

military fan

MBZ was born on March 11, 1961 in Al Ainin the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, before his father, Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, unified the seven emirates that make up the UAE.

His father, still revered in the Emirates, is the biggest influence on bin Zayed, especially in regards to tolerance between religions and humility, which he also wants to pass on to his children, he said in an interview.

He became a helicopter pilot and then led the Emirates Air Force, where he was appointed Deputy Supreme Commander in 2005.

After a short study in MoroccoMBZ graduated military academy sandhurst (Great Britain), became a helicopter pilot, and later headed Emirates Air ForceDeputy Supreme Commander of which he was appointed in 2005.

A year earlier, he was named heir prince after the death of his father and the rise of his half-brother Khalifa, who, after suffering health problems in 2014, disappeared from the scene, giving way to a hyperactive MBZ, obsessed with diversifying the country’s economy and, above all, endowing it with the best military technologies, which he massively buys from the United States, his largest global partner.

Today, the Emirates has the most trained and equipped military in the region, second only to Israel, a country with which it established diplomatic relations in 2020 for economic, development and security purposes.

This change due to requirements Palestinehe did this to counteract Iran, a country he also doesn’t want to see achieve some kind of “thaw” with the West, one that could bring new nuclear deal.

Under his orders, the Emirates undertook military interventions such as the war against the Islamic State in Iraq; bombings in support of the forces of Marshal Khalifa Haftar in Libya and, above all, in alliance with Saudi Arabia, the war against the Houthis in Yemen that began in 2015.

“Liberal” autocrat

MBZ shows the distance from the currents more conservative Islam and tried to wipe out its influence, real or perceived, from the face of the earth. That is why in 2017 an embargo on Taste along with three other countries, after accusations Doha funding extremist groups against the Muslim Brotherhood. It also led to tension in Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan, although he has already begun to improve his relations with both countries.

MBZ is showing distance from the most conservative currents of Islam and is trying to wipe its influence off the map, real or imagined.

In return, he sticks to “tolerance” and tries to sell the image of the Emirates as multiethnic and cosmopolitan country and with opportunities for men and women. He has also made great efforts to diversify the federation’s economy, which is heavily dependent on oil, and to promote digital governance.

He directs directly investment funds small emirate, worth a whopping $1.3 billion, and cemented the country as one of the most important business (and tax haven) in the world.

MBZ also has a close relationship with Spain’s King Emeritus Juan Carlos, with whom he has made numerous public appearances and whom he has welcomed since the monarch settled in Abu Dhabi following an investigation by Spanish prosecutor for tax crimes.

Despite apparent efforts, the lack of freedom of speech and repression against dissidents, as well as their propensity for war, separate the UAE from international standards, which the new leader of the Emirates is unwilling to succumb to.


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