“The Ministry of Presidential Affairs mourns the people of the United Arab Emirates, Arab and Islamic nations and the entire world. The nation’s leader and sponsor of their march, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the State, passed away next to the Lord today, Friday, May 13,” said WAM.
“The Ministry of Presidential Affairs announces official mourning and flags at half-staff for the late His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, may God have mercy on him, for a period of 40 days, starting today, and suspending work in ministries, departments, federal and local institutions, and the private sector for 3 days, starting today (Friday),” WAM said in a tweet.
Sheikh Khalifa’s role had been largely ceremonial since he suffered a stroke and underwent surgery in 2014. His brother and Abu Dhabi’s crown prince, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, has been widely seen as the de facto leader. from the United Arab Emirates, managing the day to day. daily affairs for the Gulf State.
Sheikh Khalifa was appointed the second president of the United Arab Emirates in 2004, succeeding his father and founder of the nation, Sheikh Zayed al Nahyan.
Born in 1948 in the Eastern Region of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Khalifa was the eldest son of Sheikh Zayed. Before his tenure as president, he was crown prince of Abu Dhabi and headed the Abu Dhabi Supreme Petroleum Council, which writes oil policy.
As chairman, he headed one of the world’s largest investment funds, the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, which managed hundreds of billions of dollars in assets.
One of the tallest buildings in the world, the Burj Khalifa, took its name after the United Arab Emirates government rescued Dubai from its debt and, as a sports fan, supported the acquisition of Manchester City, a football club of the English Premier League.