United Arab Emirates (UAE) President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan has died at the age of 73, Emirati state news agency WAM reported on Friday.
“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,” the agency wrote on Twitter.
Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan served as the president of the UAE and Ruler of Abu Dhabi since November 3, 2004. He was elected to succeed his father, the late His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, who served as UAE’s first president since the union in 1917 until he passed away on November, 2004.
Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan was a much-loved figure in the UAE and the region.