UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed dies at 73

The President of the United Arab Emirates, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, passed away on Friday, May 13, 2022, the Ministry of Presidential Affairs announced. In this 2013 photo, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh greet him at the Royal Dais on April 30, 2013 in Windsor, England.

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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates ⁠— The president of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al Nahyan, has died at the age of 73, state news agencies reported Friday.

Sheikh Khalifa was the Gulf country’s second president, in office since 2004. He is credited with helping bring the United Arab Emirates, a small desert emirate of seven emirates, to global prominence and leading the country through turbulent times. during the financial crisis of 2008.

“The Ministry of Presidential Affairs condoles the people of the United Arab Emirates, the Arab and Islamic nation and the world on the passing of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates,” read a statement. statement from the state news agency WAM.

“The Ministry of Presidential Affairs also announced that the UAE will observe a forty-day state mourning with the flag flying at half-staff from today, and will suspend work in all federal, local and private ministries, departments and entities during three days.” WAM wrote in a tweet.

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