Report Shows Prince MBZ Is Plausibly the Most Powerful Arab Leader
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, is the Crown Prince of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces. He is touted as MBZ. Being the de facto ruler of the UAE, he controls sovereign wealth funds worth USD 1.3 trillion. Probably, he is the most powerful leader in the Arab world and his special forces operate in Yemen, Libya, Somalia and Egypt.
As per reports of leading English daily, the 58-year-old Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, informally known as MBZ, is among the most powerful foreign voices in Washington, requesting the US to adopt his growingly belligerent or better be said aggressive approach to the region.
The Prince, who manages sovereign wealth funds worth USD 1.3 trillion, more than any other nations, has the Arab world’s most formidable military, prepared through its work with the US to carry out high-tech observation and tackle operations far beyond the borders. His post-Arab Spring involvement have hardly sustained the region
Prince Mohammed, also the Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE’s Armed Forces, was involved in upgrading his nation’s ties with India to Comprehensive Strategic Partnership. He came to India twice, including as the Chief Guest at the Republic Day celebrations in 2017 – during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s first term. Modi also visited the Gulf state twice, helping in maintaining the momentum created by the visits of the Crown Prince.
Last week, soon after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s oath ceremony for a second term the UAE government lit up the iconic ADNOC building in Abu Dhabi, in a remarkable sign to symbolize the close bonds of friendship and cooperation between the two countries.
The flags of India and the UAE along with the portraits of India’s PM Modi and His Highness Prince Mohammed were exhibited on the front of the iconic building of the state-owned oil company of the UAE.
Navdeep Singh Suri, Indian Ambassador to the UAE told local news agency that since the visit of Prime Minister Modi to the Gulf state in August 2015, the two countries have seen a real change in the bilateral ties. The close friendship that has developed over the past four years between Indian Prime Minister and His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed is well-known.
For decades, the Prince has been a crucial American ally, ensuing Washington’s lead, but now he is going his own way. His special forces are active in Yemen, Libya, Somalia and Egypt’s North Sinai. He has worked to foil democratic change in the Middle East, aided to install a reliable autocrat in Egypt and promoted a protege to power in Saudi Arabia.