Prince Salman bin Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa
Crown Prince of Bahrain
Prince Salman bin Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa was born on October 21 1969. He completed his primary education in Bahrain, followed by higher studies abroad. Prince Salman bin Hamad obtained a Bachelor’s degree in political science in 1992 from the American University in Washington, US. He then went on to study and obtain a Master’s degree in history and philosophy at Cambridge, UK, in 1994.
Prince Salman was appointed Crown Prince of the State of Bahrain by King Hamad then, Emir of the State of Bahrain, on March 9, 1999. The Cabinet held an extraordinary session at the Riffa Palace, during which Prince Salman was sworn in as Crown Prince.
Salman held the post of commander-in-chief of the Bahrain Defence Force from 22 March 1999 to 6 January 2008, when his father, the king, issued a royal decree installing Salman to the post of deputy supreme commander of the Bahrain defence force. He was entrusted to oversee the management and implementation of public policy as well as military, administrative, economic and financial plans of the Bahrain defence force and the national guard. In March 2013, he was appointed first deputy prime minister of Bahrain.
Prince Salman is widely considered to be the Bahraini royal family’s head reformer, and is seen as both moderate and forward-thinking in what is otherwise a very conservative and traditional family. He takes a strong stance against Islamism and international terrorism, and is forth coming on his strategic views. The Prince speaks fluent English and has a keen interest in environmental issues, culture, sports and education. The Prince is married and has two sons and two daughters.