Sunday, September 2, 2007

This article is part of the series:Hamad ibn Isa Al Khalifah Politics and government of Bahrain
Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, King of Bahrain (Arabic: حمد بن عيسى آل خليفة) (born January 28, 1950 in Riffa, Bahrain) is the current King of Bahrain (since 2002), having previously been its Emir (from 1999). He is the son of Isa bin Salman al-Khalifa, the previous emir.
For his secondary schooling, he attended the Leys School in Cambridge, England, and later at military colleges in the United Kingdom (including Sandhurst) and United States (including Fort Leavenworth).
The King has great interest in preserving heritage and continues to indulge in a number of sports activities and hobbies including flying aircraft, falconry, golf, fishing, tennis and football. His keen interest in Arabian horses caused him to establish the Amiri stables in June 1977 which was registered in the World Arabian Horses Organization in September 1978.


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