- 1946 he became the ruler of Al Ain City.
- 6th of August 1966 , he became the Ruler of Abu Dhabi.
- 21st of October 1969 , he was elected as President of the nine-states-union (including Qatar and Bahrain).
- 2nd of December 1971 , he was elected President of the UAE.
- In 1999 , he received the Environment and Development Award.
The Union Maker
Sheikh Zayed with Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum , the ruler of Dubai , put together the main pillars of this union by uniting their two Emirates , Abu Dhabi and Dubai , then , they invited the rulers of the other Emirates to join this union, who agreed on the 2nd of December 1971 .
Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf or Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC)
Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan and Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmed Al Sabbah , Ruler of Kuwait , were sharing the same idea of having a council for all the Gulf countries before it came true on 25th of May 1981 in Abu Dhabi.
H.H Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan died on the 2nd of November 2004 and was succeeded by his son , H.H Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan , President of the UAE and Ruler of Abu Dhabi.