Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, the President of the United Arab Emirates, expired on Friday. He died at the age of 73, according to state media, after a long battle with sickness.
“The Emirates has lost its virtuous son and leader of the ‘stage of empowerment’ and the trustee of its blessed journey,” Mohammed bin Zayed tweeted on Friday.
Furthermore, the UAE’s president, who was seldom seen in public, his half-brother, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed is expected to succeed.
Flags will flow at half-mast beginning Friday. According to the ministry the public and private sector work will suspend for the first three days,
Sheikh Khalifa succeeded his father as the 16th ruler of Abu Dhabi. Also, the wealthiest of the federation’s seven emirates, as the UAE’s second president in November 2004.
Noone has seen him in public since 2014, when he underwent surgery after suffering a stroke, but he has continually made decisions. They have not revealed the reason of demise right away.
Sheikh Khalifa, oversaw the UAE, while Dubai grew as a tourism and trade centre and Abu Dhabi became a major OPEC player.
When Dubai shook by the global financial crisis in 2009, he came to its aid, giving a multibillion-dollar rescue to the debt-ridden city.
The United Arab Emirates, has grown from a desert outpost to a thriving nation in its brief history. It grew its wealth thanks to its oil wealth and Dubai’s growth as a trading and financial hub.
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