Dubai: The Gulf mourns the death of Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed, President of the UAE and Ruler of Abu Dhabi. Sheikh Khalifa was a beloved leader in the UAE and the region, with a reputation for taking a special interest in the affairs of the people.
Sheikh Khalifa was elected the successor to Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, who served as the first President of the UAE from 1971 until his death on November 2, 2004. Sheikh Khalifa, the eldest son of Sheikh Zayed, was born in 1948 and was the second president. 16th Ruler of the UAE and the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. After becoming President of the UAE, Sheikh Khalifa led a massive overhaul of the federal government in Abu Dhabi. Under his rule, the UAE has witnessed rapid development that ensures a decent life for the people of the country. After being elected President, Sheikh Khalifa embarked on his first strategic plan to achieve balanced and sustainable development. The focus was on the development of UAE citizens and residents.
Sheikh Khalifa spearheaded the development of the oil and gas sector and other industries that have successfully contributed to the economic diversification of the country. He traveled extensively throughout the UAE to study the needs of the Northern Emirates, during which time he directed a number of projects related to housing, education and social services. In addition, an initiative was launched to develop a nomination system for members.