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, sheik in Muslim countries
a. the head of an Arab tribe, village, etc.
b. a high priest or religious leader, esp a Sufi master



among Arab nomads the head or leader of a clan, tribe, or tribal alliance. In Islamic countries the term also acquired the general meaning of a venerable man; it is most often applied to leaders of Muslim sects and dervish orders (equivalent terms are “pir” and ’”murshid”), prominent theologians, and Muslim jurists. On the southern Arabian Peninsula and in the area of the Persian Gulf, several small states are ruled by sheikhs.

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Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ras al-Khaimah.
The first bridge on Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Street comprises two lanes in each direction, and the second is one-lane bridge stretching from Zabeel Street towards Sheikh Rashid Street.
My deep condolences to UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and all the people of the UAE, on our loss of his mother Her Highness Sheikha Hessa bint Mohammed Al Nahyan.
His Highness the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani and His Highness the Father Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani participated in Ardha (traditional sword dance), which was held at Emiri Diwan grounds to celebrate Qatar National Day.
The attempt, suggesting anything from constituting a dig at Sheikh Tamim's popularity to thinking in some quarters about possible regime change in Qatar, comes against the backdrop of Saudi Arabia and the UAE's failure to garner international support for their diplomatic and economic boycott of Qatar.
Following the prayer, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid will receive well-wishers at the Zabeel Grand Majlis, Khaleej Times reported.
Sheikh Mohammed, who was accompanied by HH Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, praised emergency services for their efficient work in putting out the fire -- which did not claim any lives.
Kuwait, June 9 (BNA(: The Amir of Kuwait His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and the accompanying delegation left for the Kingdom of Bahrain on a fraternal visit, Kuwait News Agency reported.
Doha -- The Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, on Tuesday handed over power to his son, the Heir Apparent Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani.
AL AIN: His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said and His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), held a meeting at Al Rawdah Palace in Al Ain City, yesterday.
Al Ain, Apr14 (ONA) His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said and Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) held a fraternal meeting at Al Rawdah Palace in Al Ain City this afternoon.
Monday Properties may not have triumphed in its bid to purchase 230 Park Avenue, which was sold this week for $705 million to Dubai's crown prince Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, but it may still get an equity interest.