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Newsone reports that the United Arab Emirates President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al-Nahyan died aged 73 on Friday, state media said, after battling illness for several years.
“The Ministry of Presidential Affairs condoles the people of the UAE and the Islamic world… on the passing of Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al-Nahyan on Friday, May 13,” the official WAM news agency said.
This online news platform understands that the ministry announced 40 days of mourning with flags at half-mast from Friday, with work suspended in the public and private sector for the first three days.
Before his death, Sheikh Khalifa took over as the UAE’s second president in November 2004, succeeding his father as the 16th ruler of Abu Dhabi, the federation’s richest emirate.
He has rarely been seen in public since 2014, when he had surgery following a stroke, although he has continued to issue rulings.
What they are saying
WAM stated “The Ministry of Presidential Affairs mourns to the UAE people, Arab and Islamic nations and the world the death of President, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, who passed away on Friday, 13th May 2022, wishing Allah Almighty grant him eternal peace and the UAE people patience and solace.
“The UAE will observe a forty-day national mourning with the flag flown at half-mast starting today, the ministry announced, adding that work will be suspended at all ministries, departments, and federal, local and private entities for three days.”
What you should know about Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan
- Sheikh Khalifa was appointed as the second president of the UAE in 2004, after he succeeded his father and founder of the nation, Sheikh Zayed al Nahyan, as the eldest son.
- The President’s modernization policies are said to have transformed his country into a regional powerhouse.
- Sheik Zayad headed one of the largest investment funds in the world, the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, helping to manage assets worth billions of dollars.
- The Burj Khalifa, one of the tallest buildings in the world took on his name after the UAE government bailed Dubai out of its debt
- In 2014, the president suffered a stroke and underwent surgery, ever since he has played a ceremonial role while his brother Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, Abu Dhabi’s crown prince has acted as the de-facto leader.
Meanwhile, Newsone Nigeria reports that his brother, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed, has been seen as the UAE’s de facto ruler in recent years.