The United Arab Emirates (UAE) President, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al-Nahyan on Friday died at age 73 after battling illness for years.
According to the Emirates News Agency (WAM), “The Ministry of Presidential Affairs condoles with the people of the UAE and the Islamic world… on the passing of Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al-Nahyan on Friday, May 13.
“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.”
In November 2004, Sheikh Khalifa assumed office as UAE’s second president, succeeding his father as the 16th ruler of Abu Dhabi.
He had surgery following a stroke in 2014 and was rarely seen in public although he continued to issue rulings.
However, his brother, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed is UAE’s de facto ruler and is responsible for welcoming foreign dignitaries in the capital district of the United Arab Emirates in the city of Abu Dhabi in recent years.