By Marisol Bo-oc | 10:30 PM May 13, 2022
The President of the UAE, Sheikh Khalifa, has died. He was 73.
The news was announced on Friday afternoon by the state news agency Wam.
The Ministry of Presidential Affairs said there will be 40 days of official mourning with flags at half staff, and three days of closure of ministries and official entities at the federal and local levels, and the private sector.
The official mourning period will begin on Saturday, with normal working hours resuming on Tuesday.
The funeral will be on Friday after Maghrib prayer, with all mosques in the UAE holding funeral prayers.
In a statement published by Wam, the Ministry of Presidential Affairs expressed its condolences to the people of the UAE, Arab and Islamic nations and the world on the death of Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed, the President of the country.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, expressed his deep sadness at the news.
“It is with great sorrow and grief that we mourn to the UAE people, Arab and Islamic nations and the world the death of President of our country Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the leader of our journey,” Sheikh Mohammed wrote.
“May Allah bless his soul with ease on his new journey into the hereafter and grant him the highest ranks of Paradise.
“Oh God, we testify that Khalifa bin Zayed has fulfilled his duty, served, and loved his people. Oh God, his people have been satisfied with him, so be pleased with him and grant him your mercy and the highest ranks of Paradise.
“Grant us, his people, his family and his loved ones, patience and solace. To God we belong and to Him we shall return.”
Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, also shared a message online remembering the UAE President.
“To God we belong and to Him we shall return,” Sheikh Mohamed wrote.