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Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah
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Emir of Kuwait
Reign 30 September 2020 – present
Predecessor Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber
Prime Minister Sabah Al-Khalid Al-Sabah
Born 25 June 1937 (1937-06-25) (age 83)
Kuwait City, Kuwait
Spouse Sharifa Sulaiman Al-Jasem
Issue Ahmad
Arabic نواف الأحمد الجابر الصباح
House House of Sabah
Father Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah
Mother Yamama

Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah (Arabic: نواف الأحمد الجابر الصباح Nawāf al-ʾAḥmad al-Jābir aṣ-Ṣabāḥ, 25 June 1937) is the Emir of Kuwait and the Commander of the Kuwait Military Forces since 30 September 2020. He succeeded to the throne following the death of his half-brother, Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, on 29 September 2020. Nawaf had been nominated as Crown Prince on 7 February 2006.

Early life and education

Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah was born on 25 June 1937. He is a son of the 10th ruler of Kuwait, Sheikh Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah. He studied in different schools in Kuwait.


Sheikh Nawaf is one of the most senior serving members of the House of Sabah and has been serving Kuwait for well over 58 years in various responsibilities. At age 25, he was appointed as governor of Hawalli on 21 February 1962 and held the post until 19 March 1978. In 1978, he assumed the post of Minister of Interior and held this post until 26 January 1988 when he was appointed Minister of Defense. Following the liberation of Kuwait, Sheikh Nawaf was appointed as the acting minister of labor and social affairs on 20 April 1991 and held the post until 17 October 1992.

On 16 October 1994, Sheikh Nawaf was appointed as deputy chief of the Kuwait National Guard and held that post until 2003. The same year, Sheikh Nawaf reassumed the post of minister of interior until an Amiri Decree was issued on 16 October 2003 assigning him as first Deputy Prime Ministers of Kuwait and Minister of Interior. Sheikh Nawaf played a vital role supporting programs that support national unity amongst the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf and Arab countries.

With the ascendance of Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah to the leadership of Kuwait on 29 January 2006, an Amiri Decree was issued on 7 February 2006 officially designating Sheikh Nawaf as the Crown Prince. This was contrary to the tradition of the Al-Sabah family, according to which the offices of Emir and Crown Prince are supposed to alternate between the Al-Jaber and Al-Salem branches.

Sheikh Sabah died on 29 September 2020 and Nawaf was announced as the Emir of Kuwait during a meeting of the National Assembly.

Personal life

Sheikh Nawaf married Sharifa Sulaiman Al-Jasem Al-Ghanim, daughter of Sulaiman Al-Jasem Al-Ghanim. They have four sons and a daughter.

Titles, styles and honours

Honours and awards

  • Spain:
    • Order of Civil Merit (Spain) GC.svg Knight Grand Cross of the Order of Civil Merit (23 May 2008)
  • Argentina:
    • ARG Order of the Liberator San Martin - Grand Cross BAR.png Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Liberator General San Martín (1 August 2011)
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