United Arab Emirates President Burj Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nahyan dies at age 73

United Arab Emirates President Burj Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nahyan dies at age 73

United Arab Emirates President Burj Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nahyan died on Friday at the age of 73 after fighting the disease for several years, state media said.

The presidents of oil-rich Gulf nations, rarely seen in public, are likely to be replaced by his half-brother, Crown Prince Abu Dhabi, Mohammed bin Zayed. He was already considered the de facto ruler of the UAE.

“The Cheong Wa Dae mourned the death of President Sheikh Harifa bin Zayed al-Nahyan to the people of the United Arab Emirates, the Arab and Islamic countries, and the world,” the official WAM news agency tweeted. bottom.

The ministry raised a half-mast from Friday, suspending public and private sector work for the first three days and announcing a 40-day memorial.

Sheikh Harifa became the second president of the UAE in November 2004 and took over his father as the 16th ruler of Abu Dhabi, the wealthiest of the seven emirates of the Commonwealth.