The Crown Prince is the Heir Apparent to the Amir of the State of Kuwait. According to the Constitution of the State of Kuwait, "The Heir Apparent shall be designated within one year at the latest from the date of the accession of the Amir. His designation shall be affected by an Amiri Order upon the nomination of the Amir and the approval of the National Assembly, which shall be approved by a majority vote of its members in a special sitting."
Kuwait's current Crown Prince is HH Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah. He is the brother of HH the Amir Sheikh Sabah. HH Sheikh Nawaf was born in 1937 and received education in several Kuwaiti schools.
HH the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah issued a decree on January 30, 2006, nominating HH Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah as Crown Prince. The Amiri decree said that HH the Amir recommended HH Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah for the Crown Prince’s post in accordance with Article 4 of the Constitution and law 4/1964 for Emirate Succession; and based on HH Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah’s recognised integrity and merit for the Crown Prince’s post.
HH Sheikh Nawaf has been a prominent figure who worked for the establishment and development of the State of Kuwait. He was appointed on Febraury 12, 1962 as Governor of Hawalli, which was his first political post.
On March 19, he was appointed as the Minister for Interior until he resigned on July 3, 1986. HH Sheikh Nawaf was then appointed again as the Minister for Interior in 1986 to serve at this post until he was reassigned as the Minister for Defence first on January 26, 1988 and again on June 20, 1992. On April 20, 1991, he was oppointed the Minister for Social Affairs and Labour to serve until October 17,1992. Two years later, on October 16, 1994, he was appointed as the Deputy Chief of the National Guards to serve until he was appointed as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Interior on July 13, 2003. HH Sheikh Nawaf was then appointed as the First Deputy Prime Minister on October 16, 2003, while he continued serving the an Interior Minister.
Among HH Sheikh Nawaf’s notable achievements was the creation of the Legal Department and the Mayors’ Affairs Department at the Interior Ministry. HH Sheikh Nawaf also played a significant role in the establishment of the Private Contracts Department and the Legal Department at Defense Ministry. He also established the Legal Affairs Undersecretary’s post at the Ministry of Social Affairs. During his term as Interior Minister, HH Sheikh Nawaf always stressed the significance of team work to preserve the unity of Kuwait.
In the humanitarian domain, HH Sheikh Nawaf established a hospital for social care centres during his term as the Minister for Social Affairs and sponsored several cultural, recreational and social activities for the National Guards personnel.
HH Sheikh Nawaf is the father of four sons and a daughter. Among his interests is horse riding.