UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan passes away

Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan 

ABU DHABI: UAE President Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan passed away on Friday, according to state news agency WAM.

“The Ministry of Presidential Affairs announced official mourning and flags at half-mast for a period of 40 days, starting Friday,” it said.

The news agency said that work will also be suspended in ministries, departments, federal and local institutions, and the private sector for three days.

A profile

Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan served as the president of the UAE and Ruler of Abu Dhabi since November 3, 2004.

Born in 1948, Sheikh Khalifa was the second President of the UAE and the 16th Ruler of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.

He was the eldest son of the UAE’s president late His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.

Since becoming the president of the oil-rich kingdom, Sheikh Khalifa presided over a major restructuring of governments both at the national and state levels.

Under his reign, the UAE has witnessed an accelerated development that ensured decent living for the people calling the country home, according to a Khaleej Times report.

After being elected as the president, Sheikh Khalifa launched his first strategic plan for the UAE government to achieve balanced and sustainable development, placing the prosperity of the people at the core.

He steered the development of the oil and gas sector and the downstream industries that have contributed successfully to the UAE’s economic diversification.

A much-loved figure in the UAE and the region, Sheikh Khalifa was known for being a good listener, modest, and deeply interested in the affairs of his people.

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