A ruler of Abu Dhabi,  Sheikh Saeed bin Tahnun Al Nahyan acceded after the murder of his uncle, Sheikh Khalifa bin Shakhbut Al Nahyan. He was nominated by two influential leaders of Bani Yas. Saeed arrived in Abu Dhabi and a smooth accession took place. The ruler was approved by the Britishers as well. He went to end the fights among formerly secessionist Qubaisi and brought them to Abu Dhabi. They were compelled to pay their debts and a fine as well.

Saeed captured two forst from Wahhabis and pulled the Bani Qiotab Ghafalah, Awamir and Bani Yas in Khatam, other than placing the Manasir and Mazari Bani Yas in Dhafrah, blocking the Wahhabi army. He was involved in a dispute involving murder in 1855, as he resolved to put the killer to death. Although the man was promised forgiveness. Saeed killed the man himself when he was brought to him. Due to the rising tensions, Saeed took refuge in the fort and exiled to the Island of Qish, before being succeeded by Sheikh Zayed bin Khalifa Al Nahyan.

Real Name Sheikh Saeed bin Tahnun Al Nahyan
Birth Place UAE
Predecessor Khalifa bin Shakhbut Al Nahyan
Reign 1845–1855
Successor Zayed bin Khalifa Al Nahyan
Died 1855
House Al Nahyan
Father Tahnun bin Shakhbut Al Nahyan


Following the murder of his uncle Sheikh Khalifa Bin Shakhbut Al Nahyan, Saeed was granted accession. After the murder, there was a period where the Bani Yos leaders were challenged. Isa bin Khalid, Sheikh Khalid’s killer, attempted to take power, but was killed by Dhiyab Bin Isa. Khalid bin Isa took Dhiyab’s body and fled to Sharjah. Two influential Bani Yas leaders, Mohammed bin Humaid, and Rashid bin Fadhil were left to take out a claimant at the fort Abu Dhabi and nominate Saeed bin Tahnun, a son from former leader Tahnun bin Shakhbut Al Nahyan.

Saeed arrived in Abu Dhabi to enjoy a smooth accession. He was supported by two influential sponsors and approved by the British. He quickly intervened to stop a quarrel among the Qubaisat who had been secessionists and brought them to Abu Dhabi. He stripped their boats and forced them to pay all their debts and return to the Abu Dhabi rule.


Saeed also attacked Buraimi and captured his forts from the Wahhabis, with the assistance of both the Dhawahir tribes and the Awamir tribes. The Bani Qitab and Ghafalah, Awamir, and Bani Yas were then gathered in Khatam. He also placed the Manasir, Mazari Bani Yas and Dhafrah in Dhafrah in order to stop the Wahhabi army led by Sa’ad bin Mutlaq. Saeed’s great tribal alliance had cleared Burami Oasis from Wahhabi forces by 1850. For the defense of Buraimi, he accepted a stipend of the Sultanof Muscat.


Saeed bin Tahnun was involved in a dispute over the killing of his brother by a tribal elder. Although the murder was not considered unjustified, Saeed refused to listen to the Bani Yas’ imprecations and decided to see the killer executed. The man was promised forgiveness but Saeed pulled out his own knife and killed him when he was brought to Saeed’s attention. Following the violent uprising, Saeed fled to his fort first and then to exile on Qish. Saeed was succeeded in his role by Sheikh Zayed Bin Khalifa Al Nahyan.