Graduate, Gray's Inn, London. Student, Oxford University.
Director legal political departments ministry of foreign affairs Government of Kuwait, 1962, ambassador to England, 1965-1970, non-resident ambassador to Denmark, Sweden and Norway, 1968-1970, ambassador to the United States and Canada, 1971-1975, non-resident to Canada and Venezuela, 1971, minister social affairs and labour, 1975-1978, minister defense, 1978-1988, minister interior, 1988-1991, minister foreign affairs, since 1992, deputy prime minister, since 1992.
Married Sheikha Badria. 4 children.