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UAE President Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan Dies At 73

The Emirati government announced a 40-day mourning period. A three-day suspension of work in all ministries and the private sector begins Friday, and flags will be flown at half-mast.

UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, pictured in December 2009, headed one of the largest investment funds in the world, managing hundreds of billions of dollars in assets. (Photo: PTI)

New Delhi: Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the United Arab Emirates President whose modernization policies helped transform his country into a regional powerhouse, died on Friday aged 73, state media WAM said.

“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,” WAM said.

The Emirati government announced a 40-day mourning period. A three-day suspension of work in all ministries and the private sector begins Friday, and flags will be flown at half-mast.

Who Was Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan?

Khalifa’s half-brother, Abu Dhabi’s Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, said the UAE “lost its righteous son and leader of the ’empowerment phase.” Khalifa bin Zayed rose to power in 2004 after the death of his father, UAE founder Sheikh Zayed.

During Khalifa’s rule, the UAE implemented several modernization and development projects, as well as billions of dollars in investments. But after suffering a stroke in 2014, he had rarely been seen in public events and had long ceased having involvement in day-to-day affairs.

One of the world’s tallest buildings, the Burj Khalifa, took on his name after the UAE government bailed Dubai out of its debt, and as a sports fan, he supported the acquisition of English Premier League soccer club Manchester City.

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