Royal Family of the Kingdom of Bahrain: Al Khalifa dynasty
Arms of the Kingdom of Bahrain
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Head of State and King of Bahrain
HM King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa (b 28 January 1950)
Proclaimed Crown Prince 27 June 1964; succeeded his late father Emir Isa bin Salman as HH the Ruling Emir on 6 March 1999;
became HM the King of Bahrain on 14 February 2002 when the State of Bahrain declared itself a Kingdom.
He married his cousin Sheikha Sabika bint Ibrahim Al Khalifa on 9 October 1968.
• HRH Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince of Bahrain, (b 21 October 1969)
created an "HRH Prince" by King Hamad, October 2009
married Sheikha Hala bint Duajj Al Khalifa; children:
Sheikh Isa (7 March 1990)
married May 2013 Jawaher...
Sheikh Muhammed (1993)
Sheikha Fatima al-Dana
• HRH Sheikh Abdullah (30 June 1975)
married Sheikha Hessa bint Khalifa Al Khalifa; children:
Sheikh Isa (1999)
Sheikh Salman (2003)
Sheikha Noora (2000)
• HH Sheikh Khalifa (4 June 1977)
• HRH Sheikha Najla (20 May 1981)
married January 2010 ...
sons by Sheikha Sheiha bint Hassan al Khrayyesh Al-Ajmi of Kuwait:
.....• HRH Sheikh Nasser (8 May 1987)
married September 2009 HH Sheikha Sheikha bint Mohammed Al Maktoum of Dubai (20 December 1992); children:
Sheikha Sheema (16 July 2010)
Sheikh Mohamed (2012 twin)
Sheikh Hamad (2012 twin)
• HH Sheikh Khaled (23 Sept 1989)
engaged March 2011, married June 2011 Princess Sahab bint Abdulla bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud
(NB the King's Twitter announcement stated Sheikh Khaled to be HH, not HRH; spelling of Princess Sahab's full name as written by the King)
Sheikh Faisal (12 December 2012)
Children by third wife, daughter of Sheikh Faisal bin Muhammad bin Shuraim Al-Marri:
• HRH Sheikh Faisal (12 February 1992-12 January 2006)
(The King's youngest son, died at the age of 13 in a car accident)
• HH Sheikh Sultan
• HH Sheikha Hessa
• HH Sheikha Nura
• HH Sheikha Munira
• HH Sheikha Reema
Children by fourth wife, daughter of Jabor Al-Najmi of Bahrain:
• Hussa (1993)
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source: Bahrain Embassy, with thanks to Biri.
NB.. Children of the last two wives from Wikipedia [note.. this information changes from time to time and can be contradictory. It is therefore very difficult to establish a 100% accurate and definitive record.]
Sheikha Sabika urges equal opportunity for Arab women
First Lady of Bahrain calls for 'fair and efficient' role of Arab women in development of Arab world. Arab women should be given equal opportunity under a fair legal framework for female rights, the wife of the king of Bahrain said in a interview published Monday to mark International Women's Day.
Sheikha Sabika al-Khalifa called for the framework to be put in place in the Arab world to ensure women had a "fair and efficient" role in development and "equal opportunity".
"Opposing progress is inadmissible," the first wife of Sheikh Hamad bin Issa Al-Khalifa told Asharq al-Awsat newspaper, adding that Islam allowed for the development of society, contrary to the "mistaken" view of extremists.
"We have to adapt to the demands of our age and understand our differences," she said in Beirut ahead of a two-day conference, hosted by Lebanese first lady Andree Lahud, on the theme of "Woman and Armed Conflicts."
"We have to accept our differences to improve our image," said Sheikha Sabika, whose first son, Salman bin Hamad Al-Khalifa, is Bahrain's crown prince.
Bahrain has embarked on political reform with Sheikh Hamad turning the Gulf archipelago into a constitutional monarchy and restoring parliament in 2002.
Bahraini first lady Sheikha Sabika Bint Ibrahim Al Khalifa, wife of the Bahraini King Hamad Bin Issa Al Khalifa, smiles as she receives in her suite the Syrian First Lady Asma Al-Assad in Beirut March 7, 2004. Arab first ladies are gathering in Beirut for the Arab Women's.
Manama, April 6 (bna) Her Highness Shaikha Sabeeka bint Ibrahim Al Khalifa, Wife of HM the King and Chairwoman of the Supreme Council for Women, opened this morning, an exhibition 'Dimensions of Designing', in the presence of Shaikha Hala bint Duaij Al Khalifa, wife of the Crown Prince.
The exhibition is organized by Al Riwaq Art Gallery, in cooperation with the Culture and National Heritage department of the Information Ministry and German Gotha Institute. Her Highness toured the exhibition which displayed 100 designs of different classic chairs, since 1900 until 1990. Her Highness expressed thanks and appreciation to the director of the Art Gallery, Bayan Kanoo, for holding such an exhibition, which contributes to bringing closer the cultural and artistic interests between the Bahrainis and their counterparts worldwide. Her Highness also expressed appreciation over the efforts exerted by Al Riwaq, in supporting the arts movement in the country.
Let's work together says King http://www.gulf-daily-news.com/Story...&IssueID=28149
MANAMA: Bahrainis must work as one to achieve further progress for their country, His Majesty King Hamad said yesterday.He was speaking as he visited two leading clerics in their homes, to discuss community needs.
Crown Prince congratulates scholarship graduates The Crown Prince, Shaikh Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, yesterday patronised a graduation ceremony for a new group of the Crown Prince’s Programme for International Academic Scholarships.
Shaikh Salman congratulated the graduates on their outstanding accomplishments at the most renowned colleges and universities in the world.
New era dawns as council marks day A NEW era of equal rights and opportunity is dawning in Bahrain, spearheaded by the Supreme Council for Women. It celebrates its fourth anniversary tomorrow with a declaration of determination to promote the role of women in the country's development.
The council is chaired by Her Highness Shaikha Sabeeka bint Ibrahim Al Khalifa, wife of His Majesty King Hamad. It is forging ahead with a variety of projects, it said in a statement released yesterday, to mark the anniversary.
They include the plan to enable women politically and help them prepare for running in the municipal and parliamentary elections next year.
But ensuring women get elected to parliament was not the end of the road for the council, it said.
"The council is working on establishing the ideal foundation to provide the legal framework that will further promote the role of women in the housing, health, education and economic sectors among others," said the statement.It said this was being carried out through the signing of co-operation agreements with national and international organisations.
"Many of the agreements have already been signed and the remainder will soon follow," said the council. Despite the short period since is formation, much has been achieved, with a focus on the importance of ensuring that women have the widest range of benefits, it said.
One programme is the Shaikha Sabeeka Award for Bahraini women, which is one of the practical means of promoting the participation of women in various sectors. The award is presented every two years to the best ministry, government organisation or private sector establishment for their outstanding support to Bahraini women employees. It aims at encouraging support to Bahraini women and backing them for the benefit of public interest.
A panel, chaired by the council's Secretary General Lulwa Al Awadhi, was set up in June last year to propose the standards and conditions for the award. Forming the council had put the official stamp of support on the drive to achieve women's true potential, said the statement.
"The establishment of the council, under its first patron, Shaikha Sabeeka, came to add the needed official status towards organising efforts related to women," it said
The council said its policies were founded on the principles of the Bahraini constitution and international laws related to women, as well as being a direct extension of His Majesty's reform process. Among its outstanding achievements this year were the amendments introduced to the Royal decree establishing the council, granting it a wide-ranging jurisdiction that will be instrumental in its future success.
The council also highlighted the national strategy to promote the role of women, which was endorsed by the King. A national conference was held under the theme Women are Deserving Partners in the Country's Development and Growth, to achieve a partnership with the official and non-official parties concerned. The council was established on August 22, 2001, by a Royal order to assist the government draw up policies on women's issues. It comprises 14 appointed on the basis of their knowledge of women's issues and chaired by Shaikha Sabeeka. The council's role is to propose public policy to the government on issues relevant to women and recommend amendments to existing legislation.
From Bahrain Agency HM the King attends endurance races in Paris
date: 26 08, 2005
Paris, Aug. 26, (BNA) HM King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, has attended part of the European Endurance Races Open Championship which has been held in France, with the participation of Bahrain's team, led by Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Chairman of Bahrain Royal Equestrian And Endurance Federation, and more than 27 European and foreign teams.
HM the King met with Bahraini team's leader, Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa, and also with Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Shaikh Faisal bin Hamad Al Khalifa and the other equestrians, haling the individual and team results they had achieved. HM the King also met with Dubai Crown Prince and UAE Defence Minister, Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and discussed with him the Arab teams' achievements in European and international contests. " Sports and notably Equestrian contests which are accorded high interest by the GCC states have become one of the means of rapprochement for the world's countries", HM the King said, hailing the noticeable distinction of Arab teams and the efforts exerted by the Bahraini team which participates in the contest for the first time. HM the King also toured the pavilion held on the occasion, to highlight the equestrian activities in Bahrain which will organize the World Endurance championship for young equestrians on September 17, 2005.
Compiegne, FRANCE: Dubai Crown Prince and UAE Defence Minister Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum (L) chats with Bahrain's King skeik Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa (R) 26 August 2005 during the Open European Endurance Championship in Compiegne
Pop super-star Michael Jackson who has been vacationing in the Arabian Gulf island of Bahrain for the past two months i a recent, undated photo with Emirates motor rally superstar Mohammed Ben Sulayem (R) during his first private visit to Dubai, which lasted a week, accompanied by his host Sheikh Abdullah bin Hamad Al Khalifa, son of Bahrain’s King
From Bahrain News Agency HM the King rewards Kingdom's Ambassador to Baghdad
Manama, Sept. 4, (BNA) HM King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa received here on Sunday, Head of Bahrain Diplomatic Mission in Iraq, Ambassador Hassan Mal Allah Al Ansari.
The Ambassador has just returned from Germany where he was receiving medical treatment from the injuries he sustained during the sinful assault he was subject to in Baghdad last July. HM the King congratulated the ambassador for his speedy recovery and safe return to Bahrain, hailing the efforts he had exerted in serving the Kingdom with high dedication and commitment. HM the King, then, granted Ambassador Al Ansari Bahrain First Class medal in appreciation of the valued efforts he had exerted for the nation. For his part, Ambassador Al Ansari thanked HM the King for his royal care, praying Almighty God to bless him with continued health and Bahrain with further progress. Ambassador Al Ansari said that he was in a convalescence period and after that he would return to Iraq to resume his diplomatic duties.
New breast cancer alert is sounded By REBECCA TORR
A BREAST cancer screening campaign aimed at women aged 40 years and above will be launched across Bahrain later this month. The two-year project is being spearheaded by the Bahrain Cancer Society (BCS) in co-operation with the Health and Information ministries and supported by the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. It is the first breast screening campaign in the world to target an entire country.
The campaign is being staged under the patronage of BCS honorary president and chairwoman of the Supreme Council for Women Her Highness Shaikha Sabeeka bintIbrahim Al Khalifa, wife of His Majesty King Hamad. LINK