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  • 100 Dirhams 2005, KM# 97, United Arab Emirates, Khalifa, 1st Anniversary of the Presidency of Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan
  • 100 Dirhams 2005, KM# 97, United Arab Emirates, Khalifa, 1st Anniversary of the Presidency of Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan
Description

Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the second president of the United Arab Emirates and ruler of Abu Dhabi from November 2004 until his death in May 2022, was the eldest son of Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the UAE's first president. He played a key role as crown prince in the late 1990s due to his father's health issues, and officially assumed leadership in Abu Dhabi in 2004. During his tenure, he oversaw Abu Dhabi's cultural and academic expansion, including the establishment of institutions like the Louvre Abu Dhabi and Etihad Airways. Under his presidency, the UAE became a significant economic force, and Khalifa was known for his pro-Western stance, deftly navigating regional politics and strengthening ties with the United States and Israel. Despite a stroke in 2014, he remained involved in ceremonial duties, with his half-brother, Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, handling day-to-day affairs. Khalifa's death in 2022 marked the succession of his brother, Mohamed.

Obverse

Depicts a portrait of Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan facing right, wearing a traditional cloak and headpiece, denomination below portrait enclosed by inscriptions in Arabic "His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan" above and "President of the United Arab Emirates" below.

The traditional men's headwear in some Middle Eastern areas consists of three components: a knitted skull-cap known as the "keffiyeh," (also referred to as a ghutrah, shemagh, or ḥaṭṭah) a large cotton headscarf, typically plain white or with a red-and-white checkered pattern, called the "ghutra," and a black cord named the "agal," which secures the ghutra in place.

صاحب السمو الشيخ خليفة بن زايد آل نهيان
١٠٠ درهمـ
رئيس دولة الامارات العربيّة المتحدة

Reverse

Depicts a general view of the Emirates Palace Mandarin Oriental with a central dome features elaborate geometrical patterns with others spread over the building in the center, the date with the inscription "Commemorative coin" below.

The Emirates Palace Mandarin Oriental, Abu Dhabi is a luxury five-star hotel in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Managed by Mandarin Oriental since 1 January 2020, the hotel project began in December 2001. Initially operated by Kempinski from its opening in November 2005 until 1 January 2020, the building was designed by WATG Architects with Reza Rahmanian as the exterior architect. The hotel's design blends Islamic architectural elements—such as balance, geometry, proportion, rhythm, and hierarchical emphasis—with modern design and construction methods.

2005
مسكوكة تذكارية

Edge
Characteristics
Type Commemorative Issue (Non-circulating)
Material Silver
Fineness 0.925
Weight 59 g
Diameter 50 mm
Thickness -
Shape round
Alignment Medal

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