The United Arab Emirates will sadly be entering a 40 day long mourning period followed the unexpected passing of Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed, Emir of Abu Dhabi and supreme commander of the gulf country’s Armed Forces.
إنا لله وإنا إليه راجعون .. فقدت الإمارات ابنها البار وقائد “مرحلة التمكين” وأمين رحلتها المباركة.. مواقفه وإنجازاته وحكمته وعطاؤه ومبادراته في كل زاوية من زوايا الوطن.. خليفة بن زايد، أخي وعضيدي ومعلمي ، رحمك الله بواسع رحمته وأدخلك في رضوانه وجنانه.
— محمد بن زايد (@MohamedBinZayed) May 13, 2022
“The Ministry of Presidential Affairs mourn the people of the UAE, the Arab and Islamic nations, and the whole world. The leader of the nation and the patron of its march, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the State, passed away to the Lord’s side today, Friday, May 13,” an official statement read.
“The Ministry of Presidential Affairs announces an official mourning and flags to be flown at half-mast 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, second President of the United Arab Emirates, was born in 1948 and was Sheikh Zayed’s eldest son. Having named the world’s tallest tower after himself, he can be credited with plenty of modernising measures that helped transform his country into a regional engine. Leaders, dignitaries and citizens from all over the world have been sending warm words aimed at the country’s deceased ruler.