The UAE has announced a 40-day mourning period following the death of President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

The Ministry of Presidential Affairs confirmed via the UAE’s state news agency, WAM, that the mourning period would begin today, Friday, May 13, 2022.

Work will be suspended for three days for all ministries, departments, federal and local institutions and the private sector employees starting today.

The UAE flag will also be flown at half-mast starting today for the full mourning period.

Sheikh Khalifa became President of the UAE in 2004, following the passing of his father, the late Sheikh Zayed, father of the nation. He was also the 16th Ruler of the Emirates of Abu Dhabi.

The late president of the UAE is expected to be succeeded by his brother, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the current Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi.

In a statement issued by the Ministry of Presidential Affairs, his death was announced. He was aged 73.

“The Ministry of Presidential Affairs condoles the people of the UAE, the Arab and Islamic nation and the world over the demise of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the president of the UAE,” the statement issued by WAM said.

Motivate Media Group joins the nation in mourning the loss of a great leader.

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