“The Ministry of Presidential Affairs mourns the people of the United Arab Emirates, Arab and Islamic nations and around the world. The leader of the nation and the patron of his march, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the State , passed away alongside the Lord today, Friday, May 13,” WAM said.
“The Ministry of Presidential Affairs announces official mourning and flags at half mast for His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, may God have mercy on him, for a period of 40 days, starting today, and suspending work in Ministries, Departments, Federal and Local Institutions and the Private Sector for 3 days, starting today (Friday),” WAM said in a tweet.
Sheikh Khalifa’s role was largely ceremonial since he suffered a stroke and underwent surgery in 2014. His brother and Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, was widely considered the de facto leader of the United Arab Emirates, dealing with day to day. current affairs for the Gulf State.
Sheikh Khalifa was named the second president of the United Arab Emirates in 2004, succeeding his father and founder of the nation, Sheikh Zayed al Nahyan.
Born in 1948 in the eastern region of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Khalifa was the eldest son of Sheikh Zayed. Prior to his role as president, he was Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and headed the Abu Dhabi Supreme Petroleum Council, which drafts petroleum policy.
As Chairman, he led one of the largest investment funds in the world, the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, managing hundreds of billions of dollars in assets.
One of the tallest buildings in the world, the Burj Khalifa, took its name after the UAE government bailed Dubai out of debt, and as a sports fan he supported the club’s acquisition English Premier League football Manchester City.