Saif Ghubash

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Saif Saeed Ghubash Al Marri (21 October 1932 - 25 October 1977) was an Emirati engineer and diplomat. He was the United Arab Emirates first Minister of State for Foreign Affairs.

Born in Ras Al Khaimah, Ghubash studied at Al Ahmedi school in Dubai before moving to Bahrain to finish his secondary education. He then studied engineering at Baghdad University and worked as an engineer in Kuwait and Europe. He came back to Ras Al Khaimah in 1969.[1]

When the UAE was established in 1971, Ghubash started working as a diplomat and soon became undersecretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Two years later, he was named the first Minister of State for Foreign Affairs.[1]

On 25 October 1977, Ghubash was shot and killed at Abu Dhabi International Airport by a man targeting Syria's Foreign Minister Abdul Halim Khaddam.[2]


A hospital in Ras Al Khaimah and a road in Abu Dhabi are named after Saif Ghubash.[1]


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  1. ^ a b c "Late minister Saif Ghubash is honoured with a road named after him". The National. 22 February 2014. Retrieved 15 July 2017. 
  2. ^ "Abu Dhabi Attack Kills Arab Official, Apparently in Error". New York Times. Associated Press. 26 October 1977. Retrieved 15 July 2017.