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In Memoriam: Sheikh Tahnoun bin Mohammed Al Nahyan, A Pillar of the UAE




ABU DHABI - The United Arab Emirates mourns the passing of Sheikh Tahnoun bin Mohammed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Ruler’s Representative in Al Ain Region, who passed away today. Sheikh Tahnoun, a prominent figure in the UAE, held several key positions including Vice Chairman of the Executive Council of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), and Vice Chairman of the Supreme Petroleum Council.


In November 2018, the road between Al Ain and Dubai was renamed in his honour, a testament to his significant contributions to the region.


Sheikh Tahnoun was the brother-in-law of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the Founding Father of the UAE, through the marriage of his sister, Sheikha Hessa, to Sheikh Zayed.


Sheikh Tahnoun was a close companion of Sheikh Zayed and gained valuable experience and knowledge from him. He was well-versed in the affairs of Al Ain and its people, having served as the Ruler’s Representative in the Eastern Region. Sheikh Zayed placed absolute trust in Sheikh Tahnoun and appointed him to his first official position on September 11, 1966, as Chairman of the Department of Agriculture and Chairman of Al Ain Municipality, just one month after Sheikh Zayed assumed power in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.


Sheikh Tahnoun played a pivotal role in the establishment of the United Arab Emirates, working closely with Sheikh Zayed on the sincere efforts that culminated in the declaration of the Union on December 2, 1971.


Prior to the Union, he served as Minister of Municipalities and Agriculture from July 1, 1971, and was also appointed Ruler’s Representative in the Eastern Region of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi on August 9 of the same year.


Under an Emiri decree on July 8, 1972, he was appointed as a member of the Board of Directors of the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development and the Arab Economy (currently known as the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development) and as Chairman of the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) in 1973.


In 1974, a decree was issued appointing Sheikh Tahnoun as Chairman of the Department of Municipality and Agriculture in Al Ain. When the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority formed its Board of Directors, Sheikh Tahnoun was appointed as a member. His membership was subsequently renewed in 1980.


In 1977, he became Deputy Chairman of the Executive Council of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and Chairman of the Department of Agriculture and Municipalities in Al Ain. He was also appointed by the UAE President as a member of the Supreme Petroleum Council in 1988.


Sheikh Tahnoun bin Mohammed Al Nahyan was known for his close ties and direct communication with the people of Al Ain. Most of his official positions and his distinguished record of service to the State and its citizens were focused on his work in the city, making him close to the concerns of its citizens and directly involved in their joys and occasions.


Sheikh Tahnoun is survived by his ten sons: Sheikh Saeed bin Tahnoun Al Nahyan, Sheikh Hamad bin Tahnoun Al Nahyan, Sheikh Sultan bin Tahnoun Al Nahyan, Sheikh Mansour bin Tahnoun Al Nahyan, Sheikh Ahmed bin Tahnoun Al Nahyan, Sheikh Hazza bin Tahnoun Al Nahyan, Sheikh Mohammed bin Tahnoun Al Nahyan, Sheikh Theyab bin Tahnoun Al Nahyan, Sheikh Khalifa bin Tahnoun Al Nahyan, and Sheikh Zayed bin Tahnoun Al Nahyan.

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