Middle East Desk, Delhi Magazine: Sheikh Mohammed, who is known as MBZ, ascended to the presidency last year, rumors have swirled about whether the leader would make one of the brothers his heir, as is tradition.
In that case, the favorites would be Sheikh Tahnoun bin Zayed, the powerful head of national security, Sheikh Mansour, owner of the Manchester City football club, or the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sheikh Abdullah.
State news agency WAM announced the appointment of Sheikh Khaled bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan as crown prince today, without providing further details.
Sheikh Khaled was appointed chairman of the country’s intelligence agency in 2016.
The UAE, a close US ally, is best known as the home of Dubai, a major international business and travel hub.