UAE’s long-ailing President and ruler of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan handed away on Friday, the Ministry of Presidential Affairs stated. He was 73.

The ministry introduced a 40-day interval of mourning and suspension of labor in all ministries and the non-public sector for 3 days starting Friday, together with flags to be flown at half-staff.

“The Ministry of Presidential Affairs condoles the individuals 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,” the official WAM information company stated in a press release.

Sheikh Khalifa was the eldest son of UAE’s founder President Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. He served because the President of the UAE and ruler of Abu Dhabi from November 3, 2004. He was elected to succeed his father who served because the UAE’s first president from 1971 till he handed away on November 2, 2004.

Sheikh Khalifa’s function had been largely ceremonial since he suffered a stroke and underwent surgical procedure in 2014. His brother and Abu Dhabi’s crown prince, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, has been extensively seen because the de-facto chief of the UAE, dealing with day-to-day affairs for the Gulf state.

Born in 1948, Sheikh Khalifa was the second President of the UAE and the sixteenth Ruler of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. He was the eldest son of Sheikh Zayed.

Since changing into the president of the UAE, Sheikh Khalifa has presided over a serious restructuring of each the Federal Authorities and the federal government of Abu Dhabi.

Below his reign, the UAE witnessed an accelerated improvement that ensured respectable residing for the individuals calling the nation residence, the Khaleej Instances reported.

Sheikh Khalifa steered the event of the oil and gasoline sector and the downstream industries which have contributed efficiently to the nation’s financial diversification.

He undertook in depth excursions all through the UAE to check the wants of the Northern Emirates, throughout which he gave directions for the constructing of a lot of initiatives associated to housing, schooling and social providers.

Sheikh Khalifa oversaw a lot of UAE’s financial progress and his identify was immortalised on the world’s tallest constructing, the Burj Khalifa, after bailing out debt-crippled Dubai throughout its monetary disaster over a decade in the past.

He held a number of positions and have become the Deputy Commander of the UAE Armed Forces in 1976. In November 2004, Sheikh Khalifa succeeded his father Sheikh Zayed because the ruler of Abu Dhabi and because the President of the UAE.

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