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Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan (Arabic: ٱلشَّيْخ زَايِد بِن سُلْطَان آل نَهْيَان; 6 May 1918 – 2 November 2004) was the ruler of Abu Dhabi for more than 30 years (6 August 1966 – 2 November 2004).

He was the main builder of the United Arab Emirates. He was the Union's first Raʾīs (President), a post which he held for almost 33 years (1971 until his death in 2004). He is known as the "Father of the Nation".


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