UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed dies at 73...

UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed dies at 73

 International Desk daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 05:30 PM, 13 May 2022   Updated: 05:42 PM, 13 May 2022

Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of United Aram Emirates (UAE) and the ruler of Abu Dhabi, has passed away on Friday, May 13; Photo: Collected

Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of United Aram Emirates (UAE) and the ruler of Abu Dhabi, has passed away on Friday, May 13; Photo: Collected

Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of United Aram Emirates (UAE) and the ruler of Abu Dhabi, has passed away today, Friday (May 13). He was 73, the Ministry of Presidential Affairs announced.

According to Al Jazeera and Khaleej Times, citing Emirati state news agency WAM, 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 Ministry of Presidential Affairs announced that 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,” WAM wrote on Twitter on Friday. News: Al Jazeera.

Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, who was battling illness for several years, had long ceased having involvement in day-to-day affairs, with his brother, Abu Dhabi’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed, seen as the de-facto ruler.

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

There was no immediate announcement about the successor.

Sheikh Khalifa, who has rarely been seen in official photos or at public events for years, succeeded his father and the UAE’s founder Sheikh Zayed in 2004. He suffered a stroke a decade later, keeping him largely out of public sight ever since.

The world’s tallest tower in the UAE’s emirate of Dubai is named the Burj Khalifa after the late ruler.

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

Since becoming the president of the UAE, Sheikh Khalifa has presided over a major restructuring of both the Federal Government and the government of Abu Dhabi.

Under his reign, the UAE has witnessed an accelerated development that ensured decent living for the people calling the country home.

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 UAE citizens and residents at the core.

His key objective as the president of the UAE was to continue on the path laid down by his father Sheikh Zayed, whose legacy, he said “will continue to be the beacon guiding us into the future, a prosperous future where security and stability will reign.”

Sheikh Khalifa steered the development of the oil and gas sector and the downstream industries that have contributed successfully to the country's economic diversification.

He undertook extensive tours throughout the UAE to study the needs of the Northern Emirates, during which he gave instructions for the building of a number of projects related to housing, education and social services.

Besides, he launched an initiative to evolve the nomination system for members of the Federal National Council, which was seen as a first step toward the establishment of direct elections in the UAE.

Source: Al Jazeera, Khaleej Times

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