The President of the United Arab Emirates, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, died on Friday May 13, 2022, the Ministry of Presidential Affairs revealed. In this 2013 image, he is welcomed by Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh on the Royal Dais on April 30, 2013 in Windsor, England.
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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates– United Arab Emirates President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al Nahyan has actually passed away at age 73, state news firms stated Friday, revealing a 40- day grieving duration.
Sheikh Khalifa was the Gulf nation’s 2nd president, serving because2004 He is credited with assisting to bring the UAE, a little desert sheikhdom of 7 emirates, to international prominence and leading the nation through unstable times throughout the 2008 monetary crisis.
“The Ministry of Presidential Affairs condoles the people of the UAE, the Arab and Islamic nation and the world over the demise of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the president of the UAE,” a declaration from state news firm WAM checked out.
“The Ministry of Presidential Affairs also announced that the UAE will observe a forty-day state mourning with the flag flown at half-mast starting today, and suspend work at all ministries, departments, and federal, local and private entities for three days,” the news firm composed in a tweet.
Sheikh Khalifa suffered a stroke and went through surgical treatment in 2014; he has actually seldom been seen in public in the years because. His function consequently ended up being mainly ritualistic though he still provided decrees, and his sibling, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, has actually extensively been viewed as the UAE’s de-facto ruler, handling the nation’s everyday affairs.
Born in 1948 in Abu Dhabi, 23 years prior to the facility of the UAE in 1971, Sheikh Khalifa was the earliest kid of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the nation’s creator. He used up the presidency in 2004 after his daddy passed away.
Before presuming the presidency, he was crown prince of Abu Dhabi and head of Abu Dhabi’s Supreme Petroleum Council, the oil-rich emirate’s greatest energy decision-making body.
During his presidency, Sheikh Khalifa supervised financial reforms and modernization while handling the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, among the world’s biggest mutual fund. He backed the acquisition of English Premier League soccer club Manchester City by an investment firm for the Abu Dhabi royal household in 2008, and the world’s highest tower– the Burj Khalifa in Dubai– was called after him in 2010.