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UAE President, Sheikh Khalifa, Dies At 73

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The President of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Khalifa, has passed away on Friday, the UAE state news agency, NAM, reports.

UAE President, Sheikh Khalifa, Dies At 73
UAE President, Sheikh Khalifa, Dies At 73

The Ministry of Presidential Affairs said there will be 40 days of official mourning with flags at half mast, and three days closure of ministries and official entities at the federal and local levels, and the private sector.

In a statement published by Wam, the Ministry of Presidential Affairs expressed its condolences to the people of the UAE, Arab and Islamic nations and the on the death of the leader of the nation, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed, the President of the country.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, expressed his deep sadness at the news.

“It is with great sorrow and grief that we mourn to the UAE people, Arab and Islamic nations and the the death of President of our country Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the leader of our journey,” Sheikh Mohammed wrote.

“May Allah bless his soul with ease on his new journey into the hereafter and grant him the highest ranks of Paradise.

“Oh God, we testify that Khalifa bin Zayed has fulfilled his duty, served, and loved his people. Oh God, his people have been satisfied with him, so be pleased with him and grant him your mercy and the highest ranks of Paradise.

“Grant us, his people, his family and his loved ones patience and solace. To God we belong and to Him we shall return.”

Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, also shared a message online remembering the UAE President.

“To God we belong and to Him we shall return,” Sheikh Mohamed wrote.

“The UAE lost its righteous son, the leader of the “empowerment stage” and the trustee of its blessed journey.

“His stances, achievements, wisdom, giving, and initiatives are in every corner of the country.

“Khalifa bin Zayed, my brother, my mentor, and my teacher, may God have mercy on you with his vast mercy and grant you his satisfaction and paradise.”

Leaders from the region and around the world have offered their condolences.

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