Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 23 August 2019

A meeting in Amman: when Sheikh Shakhbut of Abu Dhabi met King Hussein of Jordan in 1966

The former Ruler of Abu Dhabi had just pledged money toward the rebuilding of Ma'an

King Hussein of Jordan, left, greets Sheikh Shakhbut bin Sultan Al Nahyan upon his arrival at the Officers' Club in Zerqa, Jordan, April 1966. Getty Images
King Hussein of Jordan, left, greets Sheikh Shakhbut bin Sultan Al Nahyan upon his arrival at the Officers' Club in Zerqa, Jordan, April 1966. Getty Images

Sheikh Shakhbut bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the former Ruler of Abu Dhabi, arrived in Amman, Jordan in April 1966. King Hussein of Jordan was there to greet the fellow Arab leader on his arrival at the Jordanian Armed Forces Officers Club in Zarqa.

The official visit came shortly after Sheikh Shakhbut had reportedly pledged £200,000 (Dh947,688) toward the rebuilding of Ma'an, a city in southern Jordan that had been devastated by flash floods.

Sheikh Shakhbut, who was the eldest son of Sultan II bin Zayed Al Nahyan, reigned over the UAE capital from 1928 until August 1966, when Sheikh Zayed, the Founding Father, succeeded him. He died in 1989, aged 84.

Throughout his nearly 40-year rule, Sheikh Shakhbut had laid a path to tolerance and peaceful coexistence for the UAE's future leaders. This included offering land for the building of a Roman Catholic church in Abu Dhabi in 1962. This pledge was honoured and expanded by his brother, Sheikh Zayed, on his accession, which took place merely four months after this photograph was taken.

Updated: April 4, 2019 07:18 PM

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