The Ministry of Presidential Affairs announced this morning, May 13, 2022, that UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan dies at age 73. 

As a result of his death, government offices, as well as public businesses, will not be operating for three days. These will coincide with a 40-day mourning period where the country will fly all flags at half-mast. 

During President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan’s life, he was one of the richest monarchs in the world. 

He has governed the country since 2004. However, he had a stroke in 2014. Ever since, the President had stepped back from many of his public duties. His half-brother, Sheikh Muhammed bin Zayed Al Nayhan, had taken on many of those responsibilities. 

Nevertheless, President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan had a massive, positive impact on the Persian Gulf country during his tenure.

UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan dedicated his life to his country

President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan was born in Abu Dhabi in 1948. Then in 1969, he was appointed as Crown Prince of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, which ensured his succession. 

The first and most notable acts upon this succession were the optimization of their defense force. Sheikh Khalifa equipped them with modern weapons and put in better training programs for the soldiers. 

His contributions were not only to the UAE’s defense. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan was very active in attaining the financial resources of the country. His continued efforts resulted in modern commercial construction, social services, and increased tourism. 

Additionally, he was highly passionate about sports. Late president Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan closely supported local teams and brought more global sports into the United Arab Emirates. 

The effect he has on his country will be felt for years to come. 

Featured image source: Emirates News Agency (WAM) in English / Twitter

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