Abu Dhabi: Following the death of UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, 40 days of official mourning and three days off for the private sector have been announced. Ministries, government departments, federal and local government agencies across the country have been shut down since today. The national flag will be flown at half-mast during the official mourning period.
The news of the head of state’s death was officially released by the UAE Ministry of Presidential Affairs on Friday afternoon. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan is the second president of the UAE since its formation. An official statement from the UAE Ministry of Presidential Affairs said. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan became the new ruler of the UAE on November 3, 2004. He succeeded Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the founder and first ruler of the UAE. Sheikh Zayed resigned on November 2, 2004.
Born in 1948, Sheikh Khalifa was the second President of the UAE and the 16th Ruler of Abu Dhabi. Sheikh Khalifa was the eldest son of Sheikh Zayed, the founder of the nation. After taking office, Sheikh Khalifa led a number of administrative changes in the federal government of the UAE and the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. The resignation of the ruler who led the country to a huge development leap and made that country dear to millions of people around the world as their own home. Sheikh Khalifa also introduced the practice of direct election of members to the UAE Federal National Council. Sheikh Khalifa was also a ruler who was very much loved by the people who always focused on the problems of the people.
Sheikh Khalifa was the ruler who set the nation for the future through sustainable development projects with the welfare of expats in the UAE as a top priority. He led the country’s massive development of the oil and gas sector, industrial development and economic diversification. Special attention was paid to the Northern Emirates and a number of special projects were implemented there, including housing and education projects.