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UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al-Nahyan died on Friday aged 73, state media said, after battling an illness for several years.

The president of the oil-rich Gulf state, who rarely appeared in public, is likely to be replaced by his brother, Abu Dhabi's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed, who was already seen as the de facto ruler of the United Arab Emirates. Joined.
“The Ministry of Presidential Affairs has mourned before the people of the United Arab Emirates, the Arab and Islamic nations and the world the death of the President, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al-Nahyan,” the official WAM news agency tweeted.
The ministry announced 40 days of mourning, with flags at half-staff from Friday and work suspended in the public and private sectors for the first three days.

Sheikh Khalifa took office as the UAE's second president in November 2004, succeeding his father as the 16th ruler of Abu Dhabi, the wealthiest of the federation's seven emirates.
He has rarely been seen in public since 2014, when he underwent surgery after a stroke, although he has continued to make rulings.  His cause of death was not immediately released.
The United Arab Emirates, a former British protectorate founded in 1971, has risen from a desert outpost to a prosperous state in its short history, buoyed by its oil wealth and Dubai's rise as a commercial and financial hub.
The Arab world's second-largest economy behind Saudi Arabia has also begun to wield growing political influence, filling a gap ceded by traditional powers like Egypt, Iraq and Syria.
The country of 10 million has also joined military campaigns in Libya and Yemen and broke ranks with much of the Arab world to establish ties with Israel in 2020.

The bearded Sheikh Khalifa had been frail in his occasional public appearances, while his brother Mohammed bin Zayed entertained world leaders and led diplomatic forays abroad.
UAE’s ailing President Sheikh Khalifa dies aged 73

UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al-Nahyan died on Friday aged 73, state media said, after battling an illness for several years.

The president of the oil-rich Gulf state, who rarely appeared in public, is likely to be replaced by his brother, Abu Dhabi’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed, who was already seen as the de facto ruler of the United Arab Emirates. Joined.

“The Ministry of Presidential Affairs has mourned before the people of the United Arab Emirates, the Arab and Islamic nations and the world the death of the President, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al-Nahyan,” the official WAM news agency tweeted.

The ministry announced 40 days of mourning, with flags at half-staff from Friday and work suspended in the public and private sectors for the first three days.

Sheikh Khalifa took office as the UAE‘s second president in November 2004, succeeding his father as the 16th ruler of Abu Dhabi, the wealthiest of the federation’s seven emirates.

He has rarely been seen in public since 2014, when he underwent surgery after a stroke, although he has continued to make rulings. His cause of death was not immediately released.

The United Arab Emirates, a former British protectorate founded in 1971, has risen from a desert outpost to a prosperous state in its short history, buoyed by its oil wealth and Dubai’s rise as a commercial and financial hub.

The Arab world’s second-largest economy behind Saudi Arabia has also begun to wield growing political influence, filling a gap ceded by traditional powers like Egypt, Iraq and Syria.

The country of 10 million has also joined military campaigns in Libya and Yemen and broke ranks with much of the Arab world to establish ties with Israel in 2020.

The bearded Sheikh Khalifa had been frail in his occasional public appearances, while his brother Mohammed bin Zayed entertained world leaders and led diplomatic forays abroad.

“Emirates has lost its virtuous son and leader of the ’empowerment stage’ and the trustee of his blessed journey,” Mohammed bin Zayed tweeted on Friday.

“Your postures, achievements, wisdom, generosity and initiatives are in every corner of the nation… Khalifa bin Zayed, my brother… may God have mercy on you and grant you access to paradise.”

Sheikh Khalifa, who had no formal higher education, led the United Arab Emirates as Dubai emerged as a tourist and trade hub and Abu Dhabi pumped oil as a key OPEC player.

He came to the rescue of Dubai when it was hit by the global financial crisis in 2009, extending a multimillion-dollar lifeline to the debt-laden emirate.

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