Sheikh Khalifa bin Saeed, President of the United Arab Emirates, has died at the age of 73

His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Saeed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates, has passed away on Friday, May 13, 2022, the Ministry of Presidential Affairs announced. In this 2013 photo, she was greeted by Queen Elizabeth II at the Royal Days on April 30, 2013 in Windsor, England, and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates ⁠- United Arab Emirates President Sheikh Khalifa bin Saeed Al Nahyan has died at the age of 73, state news agencies reported on Friday, declaring a 40-day period of mourning.

Sheikh Khalifa was the second president of the Gulf country, having served since 2004. Shektam, a small desert with seven emirates, is proud to have helped bring the United Arab Emirates to global prominence and to lead the country through turbulent times during the 2008 financial crisis.

The Ministry of Presidential Affairs condoles on the death of Sheikh Khalifa bin Saeed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates.

The Ministry of Presidential Affairs announced in a tweet that “the United Arab Emirates today will observe forty days of government mourning after flying the first flag at half-mast and suspending the work of all ministries, departments and federal, local and private companies for three days.”

Sheikh Khalifa suffered a stroke and underwent surgery in 2014; For many years he was rarely seen in public. Although he still issued decrees, his role later became largely formal, and his brother, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohammed bin Saeed, was widely regarded as the true ruler of the United Arab Emirates, managing the day-to-day affairs of the country.

Born in Abu Dhabi in 1948, 23 years before the founding of the United Arab Emirates in 1971, Sheikh Khalifa was the eldest son of the country’s founder, Sheikh Saeed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. He became president in 2004 following the death of his father.

Prior to assuming the presidency, he was the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Chairman of the Supreme Petroleum Council of Abu Dhabi, the highest energy decision-making body in the oil-rich emirate.

When Sheikh Khalifa was his president, he oversaw economic reforms and modernization while managing the Abu Dhabi Investment Commission, one of the world’s largest investment funds. He supported the acquisition of English Premier League football club Manchester City by the United Arab Emirates, and named the world’s tallest tower – Burj Khalifa in Dubai – in 2010.

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