Al Nahyan Family
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Al Nahyan Family
House of Al Nahyan
Emblem of Abu Dhabi - Gold.svg
CountryUnited Arab Emirates
FounderNahyan bin Falah
TitlesEmir of Abu Dhabi
Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi
Style(s)His/Her Highness

Al Nahyan (Arabic: ?l Nohay?n/ 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 (?l B? Fal), a branch of the Bani Yas tribe, and are related to the House of Al Falasi and also related to Bani Yas 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 ruled Abu Dhabi since 1793, and previously ruled for centuries in Liwa Oasis. Five of the rulers who ruled from the late 1800s to early 1900s killed one another; they were brothers.[2][3]


Notable members of the Al Nahyan family include:

Rulers of Abu Dhabi

Other Family Members


See also


  1. ^ Motohiro, Ono (March 2011). "Reconsideration of the Meanings of the Tribal Ties in the United Arab Emirates: Abu Dhabi Emirate in Early '90s" (PDF). Kyoto Bulletin of Islamic Area Studies. 4-1 (2): 25-34. Retrieved 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 2013.
  3. ^ Davidson, Christopher M. (2011). Abu Dhabi: Oil and Beyond. Hurst. ISBN 9781849041539.
  4. ^ "Abu Dhabi sheikh's body in Lake". 30 March 2010 – via

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