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Sabah I Al-Jabir Al-Sabah
Sheikh of Kuwait


Sheikh of Kuwait c. 1752–62†

Sabah arrived in present-day Kuwait in the early part of the 18th century, and was to become the first independent governor of the Utabi community. Recognising his wisdom and leadership qualities, the Kuwaiti chiefs and notables elected him sheikh. It was a period that demanded a strong ruler, and Sabah rose to the challenge, establishing a well-organised state with strong external relations. Under his leadership, Kuwait rapidly gained a positive reputation for both its political stability and its commercial prowess. His reign was one of unwavering dedication to his people's safety and prosperity. Sabah either abdicated or died in 1756, or died in 1762.

Place of birth: Hadar

Son of Jabir Al-Salman and Mariam bint Faisal al-Utabi. He married N bint Muhammad bin Faisal al-Utabi, and had issue.


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