Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the president of the United Arab Emirates died on Friday, according to state news agency WAM quoting the Ministry of Presidential Affairs said.
“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,” a statement released by the state news agency, WAM reads.
Sheikh Khalifa was the 16th Ruler of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and the second President of the United Arab Emirates. He was born in 1948.
He was the oldest son of the late President of the United Arab Emirates, 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.
The Ministry of Presidential Affairs has announced 40 days of mourning for the passing of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE President and Ruler of Abu Dhabi, the Khaleej Times reported.
Flags will be flown at half-mast and ministries, departments, and federal and local institutions will suspend work starting today.