Al Nahyan family

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House of Al Nahyan
Emblem of Abu Dhabi - Gold.svg
Country United Arab Emirates
Ethnicity Emirati
Founded 1761
Founder Al Nahyan

Emir of Abu Dhabi

Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi
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 and also related to House of Al-Yassi, these two powerful houses/tribes are from which the ruling the family of Dubai, Al Maktoum, descends. Al Nahyans came to Abu Dhabi in the 18th century and hail from Liwa Oasis.[1] They have been the rulers of Abu Dhabi since 1793, but have been ruling their tribe in Liwa Oasis hundreds of years back. Five of the rulers killed one another who ruled from the late 1800s to early 1900s; they were brothers.[2]


It is still very common not to mention the female members of the family in most of the monarchies in the Persian Gulf. A family tree of the Al Nahyan, designed by French historian Béatrice Lachaume in 1996 (to commemorate his Silver Jubilee), does for instance not show a single female member of the family. It is still common to withhold the first names of brides in official wedding ceremonies when they involve royalty. Current male members of the family are under 200 while the number of females is unknown. Notable members of the Al Nahyan family include:


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  1. ^ Motohiro, Ono (March 2011). "Reconsideration of the Meanings of the Tribal Ties in the United Arab Emirates: Abu Dhabi Emirate in Early ʼ90s" (PDF). Kyoto Bulletin of Islamic Area Studies. 4–1 (2): 25–34. Retrieved 17 April 2013. 
  2. ^ Onley, James; Sulayman Khalaf (September 2006). "Shaikhly Authority in the Pre-oil Gulf: An Historical–Anthropological Study" (PDF). History and Anthropology. 17 (3): 189–208. doi:10.1080/02757200600813965. Retrieved 17 April 2013. 
  3. ^ "Abu Dhabi sheikh's body in Lake". 30 March 2010 – via