The UAE Ministry of Presidential Affairs has announced that Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Abu Dhabi, has passed away on Friday, May 13.
“The Ministry of Presidential Affairs extends its condolences to the United Arab Emirates, the Arab and Islamic nation and the people of the world on the demise of His Excellency Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates,” the ministry said in a statement.
According to the Emirati news agency WAM, the Ministry of Presidential Affairs has declared 40 days of official mourning on the death of Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
On the death of UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, all ministries, public and private institutions and schools in the UAE will have a three-day holiday from Friday, May 13.
Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan became the President of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Abu Dhabi on November 3, 2004.
He was elected successor to his father, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, who served as the first president of the UAE since the Union in 1971 and died on November 2, 2004.
Born in 1948, Sheikh Khalifa was the second president of the United Arab Emirates and the 16th ruler of the UAE in Abu Dhabi. He was the eldest son of Sheikh Zayed.
After becoming President of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Khalifa carried out a major restructuring of both the federal government and Abu Dhabi.
Under his rule, the UAE saw rapid growth and ensured a dignified life for its people.
He made extensive visits to the UAE for the welfare of the UAE, during which he directed the construction of various projects related to housing, education and social services.
Sheikh Khalifa was known for his keen interest in the affairs of his people.
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