The UAE has declared 40-days of mourning after Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates, passed away on Friday.
Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, died on Friday, May 13th, 2022 after fighting sickness for some years. He had long ceased participating in day-to-day matters, with his brother, Abu Dhabi’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed, considered the de-facto ruler.
The government declared 40 days of mourning beginning Friday, with flags flying at half-mast and work stopped in the public and private sectors for the first three days.
“The Ministry of Presidential Affairs has mourned the death of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan to the UAE people, Arab and Islamic nations, and the world, who passed away on Friday, 13th May, 2022, wishing Allah Almighty to grant him eternal peace and the UAE people patience and solace,” the statement said.
Sheikh Khalifa was the UAE’s second President and the Emirate of Abu Dhabi’s 16th ruler. On November 3, 2004, he acquired federal constitutional power as President of the UAE and became Ruler of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, replacing his late father, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, who died on November 2, 2004.
There was no immediate word about the successor.