Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa

Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa
خليفة بن سلمان آل خليفة
Born (1935-11-24) 24 November 1935
Spouse(s) Hessa bint Ali Al Khalifa
Children 4
Prime Minister of Bahrain
Assumed office
10 January 1970
Monarch Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa
Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa
Deputy Jawad Al-Arrayedh
Muhammad ibn Mubarak ibn Hamad Al Khalifah
Khalid bin Abdullah Al Khalifa
Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa
Ali bin Khalifa Al Khalifa
Preceded by Position established
Personal details
Religion Islam
House House of Khalifa

Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa (Arabic: خليفة بن سلمان آل خليفة) (born 24 November 1935) has been the Prime Minister of Bahrain from 1970, taking office nearly two years before Bahrain's independence on 16 December 1971. He is the longest-serving current prime minister in the world. He still retains his post, although under the 2002 Constitution he has lost some of his powers, with the King having the authority to appoint and (along with the Bahraini parliament) dismiss ministers. He is the paternal uncle of the reigning King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa.

Early life and education

Prince Khalifa was born in Bahrain, the second son of Salman ibn Hamad Al Khalifa, Hakim of Bahrain, and wife Mouza bint Hamad Al Khalifa. He was educated at Manama High School and Rifa’a Palace School in Bahrain.


Prince Khalifa was a member of the education council from 1956 to 1957 and chair between 1957 and 1960. Next he became the director of the finance department (1960–1966), president of the electricity board (1961), chair Manama municipality (1962–1967), head of the Bahrain monetary council (1965), chair of the joint committee for economic and financial studies, committee for the register of commerce, administry council (1967–1970), Bahrain monetary agency, president of the state council (1970–1973), head of the state council (1970) and head of the supreme defence council (1978).

Prince Khalifa was appointed as prime minister by his brother Emir Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa, in 1971. Therefore, he was assigned the control of government and economy, while his brother, Emir, involved in diplomatic and ceremonial affairs.[1]


In 2011, reporter Bill Law stated that Prince Khalifa is hardliner, whereas Crown Prince Salman is reformer and the King is somewhere in the middle of them.[2]

Marriage and children

Prince Khalifa married his cousin Sheikha Hessa bint Ali Al Khalifa, the fourth daughter of Ali bin Hamad Al Khalifa in Muharraq. They had three sons and one daughter:

Other relatives

Shaikha Dheya bint Ebrahim Al Khalifa - niece of Prince Khalifa and President of Riyada Group of Companies. Famous for her business activities as a member of the Royal family and Head of Riyada Group in Russia. She has political and business contacts with Russian Ministries, business community, engineering companies. In 2014 during Rhodian Forum gave an opinion on the beginning of the Third World War and the necessity of the dialogue. Enlisted as one of the "Most Powerful Arab Women" in 2014 according to Forbes.

Titles, styles and honours

Styles of
Khalifa bin Salman
Reference style His Royal Highness
Spoken style Your Royal Highness
Alternative style Prince

Titles and styles

Prince Khalifa was raised to the personal title of Prince with the style of "His Royal Highness" on 21 October 2009.


National Honours

Foreign Honours

See also


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