His Highness Sheikh Harifa bin Zayed al-Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates, died on Friday, May 13, 2022, the Cheong Wa Dae announced. In this 2013 photo, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip were greeted by the Duke of Edinburgh at Royal Dice on April 30, 2013 in Windsor, England.
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates — President of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nahyan, died at the age of 73, the state news agency announced on Friday a 40-day memorial period.
Sheikh Khalifa has been the second president of the Gulf countries since 2004. He is known for making the UAE, a small desert emirate of the Seven Emirates, world-famous and leading the country through the turbulent times of the 2008 financial crisis.
“The Cheong Wa Dae is rebuking the UAE, the Arab Islamic State, and the people of the world for the end of UAE President Sheikh Harifa bin Zayed al-Nahyang,” said WAM. The statement states.
“The Cheong Wa Dae also announced that the UAE will raise a half-mast from today to monitor the state’s memorial service for 40 days and suspend work in all ministries, federal, local and private organizations for three days.” The company wrote in a tweet.
Sheikh Khalifa suffered a stroke and underwent surgery in 2014. Since then, he has rarely been seen in public. Since then, his role has become largely ceremonial, but he is still issuing statutes, and his brother, Crown Prince Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, is effectively the UAE. Widely seen as the ruler of the country, he manages the day-to-day operations of the country.
Sheikh Zayeda was born in Abu Dhabi in 1948, 23 years before the UAE was founded in 1971, and was the eldest son of the country’s founder, Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Arnachan. He became president in 2004 after his father died.
Prior to becoming president, he was the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and the head of Abu Dhabi’s Supreme Oil Council, the highest energy decision-making body in oil-rich emirates.
During his presidency, Sheikh Harifa oversaw economic reforms and modernization while managing the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, one of the world’s largest investment funds. He helped the Abu Dhabi royal investment firm acquire the English Premier League football club Manchester City in 2008, and Burj Khalifa in Dubai, the tallest tower in the world, was named after him in 2010.
Correction: The Abu Dhabi royal investment company purchased the English Premier League football club Manchester City in 2008. Earlier versions missed that year.