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Abdullah II Al-Sabah Al-Sabah
Sheikh of Kuwait


Sheikh of Kuwait 1866–92†
Qaimaqam of Kuwait 1871

Abdullah was a leader known for his humility and was beloved by his people. He presided over a period of significant growth and development for Kuwait. British records from the era document the country's flourishing trade, highlighting the impressive expansion of both commercial and military fleets over a century. He was formally recognised as ruler of Kuwait, subject to the Ottoman Empire, by the sultan. Abdullah became an ally of the empire, supplying fighters to assist the Ottomans against pro-Saudi followers in Iraq, which was under their control. A strong advocate for peace and reconciliation, he actively pursued positive relations with neighbouring countries, solidifying Kuwait's position within the region. In addition to diplomacy, he recognised the importance of national security and oversaw the strengthening of Kuwait's land and naval forces. Beyond military might, this period witnessed a boom in commerce. This economic success culminated in a significant milestone for Kuwaiti independence: the introduction of its own currency, the Beiza. This historic step marked a turning point, establishing a distinct economic identity for Kuwait on the world stage.

Son of Sabah II Al-Sabah, Sheikh of Kuwait, and an unnamed woman. He married Latifa bint Jasim bin Sulaiman, and also an unnamed woman from the Bani Hajir tribe. He had issue.


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