H.E. Jawad Salem Al Arrayed (born 1941) is a lawyer and cabinet member in Bahrain. He is currently President of the Ministerial Committee for Legal Affairs (effectively, the General Counsel to the Cabinet) and one of four deputy prime ministers in the Kingdom of Bahrain.

Arrayed was born in 1941. He holds a degree in English literature, which he received from Cairo University. In addition, he also holds a law degree, which he obtained from Leeds University.

Public Service

Arrayed was a public prosecutor from 1969 to 1971. He became labor and social affairs minister in 1971 and minister of state for cabinet affairs in 1973. Next, he was appointed health minister and chairman of the environmental protection committee in 1982. His tenure as health minister lasted until 1995.

National Claims for the Hawar Islands

As one of the highest-ranking Bahrainis educated and trained as a lawyer, Al Arrayed advised Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa and his government on the emirate's legal battle with Qatar over the Hawar Islands. In that international dispute, Al Arayyed submitted to the International Court of Justice that Bahrain is sovereign over the Hawar Islands, including Janan and Hadd Janan. Bahrain, as a result of the work and advocacy by Minister Al Arrayed and its other legal advisers, ultimately prevailed at the ICJ, and these islands were recognized by the community of nations as belonging to Bahrain.

Other Cabinet Positions:

Al Arrayed served as a municipality minister from 1999 to November 2002. He was appointed Minister of Justice on 11 November 2002. His term lasted until 2005 and he was replaced by Mohammed Ali Sitri. During this period he was also an advisor to the prime minister for legal affairs.

He was appointed deputy prime minister in the reshuffle on 11 December 2006 that followed the victory of the Shia Islamist party, Al Wefaq, in parliamentary elections. He replaced a member of the royal family, Abdullah bin Khalid Al Khalifa, in the post. Arrayed is also president of the ministerial committee for legal affairs.





Deputy Prime Minister