H.R.H. Prince Khalifa bin Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa
Prime Minister of Bahrain
Khalifa bin Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, born 24 November 1935, is the second son of the former King Salman bin Hamad, and is the current Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Bahrain, taking the position since its independence in 1971.
Prince Khalifa grew up under the care of his father, King Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa. He received a strict upbringing heavily focused on learning the Qur’an under the guidance of one of Bahrain’s highly-trusted scholars. He was educated at Manama High School and Rifa’a Palace School in Bahrain, and at 7 years of age, his father had both he and his brother attend the court in which they began learning at first hand how the King was ruling the Kingdom, and in what manner he dealt with the citizens’ requests.
Prince Khalifa began his illustrious career as a member of the education council, which he attended to from 1956 to 1957, and became chairman between they years 1957 and 1960. He then went on to have concurrent roles as director of the Finance Department 1960 to 1966, President of the electricity board in 1961, Chairman of the Manama Municipality from 1962 to 1967 , Head of the Bahrain monetary council in 1965, chair of the joint committee for economic and financial studies, committee for the register of commerce, Administration council 1967 t 1970, Bahrain monetary agency, president of the state council 1970 to 1973, head of the state council 1970, and head of the supreme defence council in 1978.
The Prince was appointed as Prime Minister by his brother Emir Isa bin Salman in 1971. Thereafter he managed the countries government and economic matters, while his brother Isa looked after diplomatic relations and ceremonial traditions.
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 together.