Lt. General H.H Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan was appointed Minister of Interior in the United Arab Emirates’ Federal Government in 2004. He was named as the deputy prime minister in May 2009, retaining his post as interior minister. As a part of his responsibilities, His Highness Sheikh Saif is in charge of protecting homeland security; ensuring coordination and cooperation between police agencies operating in the country; organizing naturalization-related affairs, and foreigners’ entry and residence; as well as supervising civil defense tasks and traffic issues.
H.H Sheikh Saif bin Zayed serves as the Head of the Federal Demographic Structure Council since 2009 and is Vice Chairman of the Emirates Identity Authority. He has been the Director General of the Abu Dhabi Police.
In these positions, His Highness Sheikh Saif led the comprehensive strategic development projects and the organizational development of the Ministry on Interior and the Abu Dhabi Police; along with the modernization of the services and security systems infrastructure. Throughout his professional life, His Highness supervised the efforts to promote the societal role undertaken by the Ministry of Interior through numerous initiatives.
He also supervised the establishment of the Community Police; the Social Support Centers; the Centers for Rehabilitation and Employment of People with Special Needs; and the MOI’s Child Protection Center; alongside the projects to standardize the traffic databases at the UAE level. In 2010, H.H Sheikh Saif was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Wolver Hampton in the United Kingdom. He also obtained a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the United Arab Emirates University In 1989.