Written By Mary Mumbua 📝
The United Arab Emirates’ President, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan has died at the age of 73.
According to a report by the Emirates’ news agency, WAM, his death occurred on Friday, May 13th 2022.
Following the death of the president, forty-day national mourning begins today and will see work suspended across ministries, departments, and federal, local and private entities.
“The UAE will observe a forty-day national mourning with the flag flown at half-mast starting today, the ministry announced, adding that work will be suspended at all ministries, departments, and federal, local and private entities for three days.” WAM stated.
Sheikh Khalifa was appointed as the second president of the UAE in 2004, after he succeeded his father and founder of the nation, Sheikh Zayed al Nahyan, as the eldest son.
The President’s modernization policies are said to have transformed his country into a regional powerhouse.
In 2014, the president suffered a stroke and underwent surgery, ever since he has played a ceremonial role while his brother Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, Abu Dhabi’s crown prince has acted as the de-facto leader.