- Monarchies in Asia
- Kingdom of Bahrain
- Kingdom of Bhutan
- State of Brunei Darussalam
- Kingdom of Cambodia
- Kingdom of Jordan
- State of Kuwait
- Sultanate of Oman
- State of Qatar
- Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
- Kingdom of Thailand
- United Arab Emirates
- Yogyakarta Sultanate, Special Region of Yogyakarta in Indonesia
- Surakarta Sunanate, Surakarta, Central Java in Indonesia
United Arab Emirates
The United Arab Emirates consists of seven emirates that are all ruled by absolute monarchs. The President of the United Arab Emirates is an office held by the ruler of Abu Dhabi and the office of Prime Minister is held by the ruler of Dubai. The seven Emirates of the UAE are the;
- Emirate of Abu Dhabi
- Emirate of Ajman
- Emirate of Sharjah
- Emirate of Dubai
- Emirate of Ras al-Khaimah
- Emirate of Umm al-Quwain
- Emirate of Fujairah
Malaysia, where the Yang di-Pertuan Agong (Supreme Head of State) is elected to a five-year term. Nine hereditary rulers from the Malay States form a Council of Rulers who will determine the next Agong via a secret ballot. The position has to date, been de facto rotated through the State rulers, originally based on seniority. The nine Malay States are the;
- Negeri Sembilan
- Kingdom of Perlis
- Sultanate of Selangor
- Sultanate of Terengganu
- Sultanate of Kedah
- Sultanate of Kelantan
- Sultanate of Pahang
- Sultanate of Johor
- Sultanate of Perak
Current monarchs in Asia
- Emperor Akihito is the current Emperor of Japan.
- Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck is the current Dragon King of Bhutan.
- Norodom Sihamoni is the current King of Cambodia.
- Bhumibol Adulyadej is the current King of Thailand (he is also the world's longest reigning monarch, having been on the throne since 1946)
- Abdullah II is the current King of Jordan.
- Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah is the current Emir of Kuwait.
- Qaboos bin Said al Said is the current Sultan of Oman.
- Hamad ibn Isa Al Khalifah is the current King of Bahrain.
- Hamad bin Khalifa is the current Emir of Qatar.
- Hamengkubuwana X is the current Sri Sultan of Yogyakarta in Indonesia.
- Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin is the current Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia.
- Hassanal Bolkiah is the current Sultan of Brunei.
- Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud is the current King of Saudi Arabia and Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques
- Sheikh Khalifa is the current President of the United Arab Emirates and Sheikh Mohammed is the current Prime Minister and Vice President. Sheikh Khalifa is the current ruler of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and Sheikh Mohammed is the current ruler of Dubai.
Gallery of Asian monarchs
Yang di-pertuan agong ke-13.PNG
Mizan Zainal Abidin, King of Malaysia
Gallery of the princes of the UAE
Note: Sheikh Humaid bin Rashid Al Nuaimi of Ajman, Saud bin Rashid Al Mu'alla of Umm al-Quwain, Saqr bin Mohammad al-Qassimi of Ras al-Khaimah, and Hamad bin Mohammed Al Sharqi of Fujairah are not pictured.
Table of monarchies in Asia
State Type Succession Incumbent Born Age Reigns since Designated heir Bahrain kingdom agnatic primogeniture Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa 28 Jan 1950 61 y. 6 Mar 1999
14 Feb 2002
heir apparent: Salman bin Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, Crown Prince of Bahrain (eldest son) Bhutan kingdom male primogeniture Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck 21 Feb 1980 31 y. 14 Dec 2006 heir presumptive: Prince Jigyel Ugyen Wangchuck (younger brother) Brunei sultanate agnatic primogeniture Hassanal Bolkiah 15 Jul 1946 65 y. 4 Oct 1967 heir apparent: Al-Muhtadee Billah, Crown Prince of Brunei (eldest son) Cambodia kingdom elective monarchy with hereditary agnatic primogeniture Norodom Sihamoni 14 May 1953 58 y. 14 Oct 2004 None; appointed by the Royal Council of the Throne within the Royal Family members Japan empire agnatic primogeniture Akihito 23 Dec 1933 77 y. 7 Jan 1989 heir apparent: Naruhito, Crown Prince of Japan
Jordan kingdom agnatic primogeniture Abdullah II bin Al Hussein 30 Jan 1962 49 y. 7 Feb 1999 heir apparent: Hussein bin Al Abdullah, Crown Prince of Jordan (eldest son) Kuwait emirate elective monarchy with hereditary agnatic primogeniture Sabah IV Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah 16 Jun 1929 82 y. 29 Jan 2006 heir presumptive: Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Crown Prince of Kuwait (younger half-brother; appointed by the reigning emir within the Royal Family members) Malaysia kingdom elective monarchy Mizan Zainal Abidin, Sultan of Terengganu 22 Jan 1962 49 y. 13 Dec 2006 None; appointed by the Conference of Rulers every five years or after the king's death Oman sultanate agnatic primogeniture Qaboos bin Said al Said 18 Nov 1940 70 y. 23 Jul 1970 None; the king has no children so the heir will be appointed by the Royal Family members after the king's death, if there is no consensus the king's preference (expressed in an official sealed letter) will prevail Qatar emirate agnatic primogeniture Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani 1 Jan 1952 59 y. 27 Jun 1995 Heir apparent: Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Crown Prince of Qatar (son; appointed by the reigning king within the Royal Family members) Saudi Arabia kingdom agnatic primogeniture Abdullah bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud 1 Aug 1924 87 y. 1 Aug 2005 Heir apparent: Nayef bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud, Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia (younger half-brother; appointed by consensus within the Royal Family members) Thailand kingdom male primogeniture Bhumibol Adulyadej Rama IX 5 Dec 1927 83 y. 9 Jun 1946 Heir apparent: Maha Vajiralongkorn, Crown Prince of Thailand (only son) United Arab Emirates kingdom elective monarchy Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Emir of Abu Dhabi 25 Jan 1948 63 y. 3 Nov 2004 None; appointed by the seven emirs of UAE (normally the Emir of Abu Dhabi is always appointed as President, while the Emir of Dubai is always appointed as Prime Minister
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