Abu Dhabi: World leaders continue to flock to the UAE to offer condolences on the death of former UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and to congratulate the new President Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan. A high-level delegation led by US Vice President Kamala Harris arrived at the Mushrif Palace to express their condolences. He also congratulated the new President, Sheikh Mohammed. Britain’s Prince William also visited the UAE to offer his condolences. He also met with Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
Belarus’s Prime Minister Roman Golovchenko, Azerbaijan’s Prime Minister Ali Azadov, Ahmad Ali Abdullah Saleh, former Yemeni president’s son, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, King Felipe IV of Spain, Israeli President Isaac Herzog, President Boris Johnson, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson , US State Secretary Anthony Blinken and French President Emmanuel Macro visited the UAE to offer their condolences.
Vice President Venkaiah Naidu arrived in India yesterday to pay his respects. Many leaders sent messages of condolence, including Prince Charles, Queen Elizabeth, and Russian President Vladimir Putin. Putin said the two countries would continue to co-operate on bilateral international issues. In addition to heads of state, religious, social, cultural and industrial dignitaries from across the UAE came to congratulate the new president and pay tribute to Sheikh Khalifa’s death.
Abu Dhabi bans 40 days of mourning and celebrations
Abu Dhabi: The Department of Culture and Tourism (DCT) has announced that festivals, music, entertainment and fireworks will be suspended in Abu Dhabi until further notice. It is also suggested that the events scheduled to be held in hotels be postponed to another day.
The decision was made in honor of the late President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan. The mourning period is 40 days. Weddings scheduled for this period may be held but no concert is allowed. The DCT said the Fifth Cultural Summit has been adjourned and a renewed date will be announced later. At the same time, after a three-day holiday, government institutions will be open from today.