Shakhbut bin Dhiyab Al Nahyan

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Shakhbut bin Dhiyab Al Nahyan
Emir of Abu Dhabi
Reign 1793-1816
Predecessor Dhiyab bin Isa Al Nahyan

Mohammed bin Shakhbut (1st rule)

Tahnun bin Shakhbut Al Nahyan (2nd rule)
Born Liwa Oasis (now Abu Dhabi, UAE)[citation needed]
Issue Muhammad bin Shakhbut Al Nahyan
Tahnun bin Shakhbut Al Nahyan
Khalifa bin Shakhbut Al Nahyan
Sultan bin Shakhbut Al Nahyan
House Al Nahyan family
Father Dhiyab bin Isa Al Nahyan
Religion Islam

Shakhbut bin Dhiyab was the Sheikh of Abu Dhabi (1793–1816).[1]

Political career[edit]

Shakbut's father, Dhiyab bin Isa, had sent a hunting party from Liwa in 1761 which tracked a gazelle to a brackish spring on the island. Dhiyab ordered Shakbut to move to the island in 1793; he did, and built a village and fort there near a freshwater spring.[2] The fort, Qasr Al-Husn, became the palace of the sheikhs.[2] It housed the Centre for Documentation and Research for several years, and is now being developed into a museum.[3]


He was followed by his sons Mohammed bin Shakhbut (ruled 1816-1818) Tahnun bin Shakhbut (ruled 1818-1833) Khalifa bin Shakhbut Al Nahayan (ruled 1833-1845), but co-ruled throughout all their reigns.[1]


He has been described as legendary, and having a notable amount of sons.[4]


  1. ^ a b "Pinterest". Pinterest. 2015. Retrieved February 12, 2015. [better source needed]
  2. ^ a b "UAE museum: Qasr Al Hosn in Abu Dhabi". Gulf News. 2 November 2008. Archived from the original on 12 February 2015. Retrieved February 12, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Dubaifaqs". Dubaifaqs. 22 April 2014. Retrieved February 12, 2015. 
  4. ^ "SHEIKH SHAKHBUT AND THE GREAT DECLINE" (PDF). Retrieved 8 July 2016.