President of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Abu Dhabi His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan handed away aged 73, on 13 May, Friday, the UAE’s official information company WAM mentioned.
An announcement issued by the Ministry of Presidential Affairs introduced his loss of life. “The Ministry of Presidential Affairs mourns the loss of life of the nation’s President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.”
The Ministry introduced 40 days of mourning, with flags at half-mast from Friday and work suspended for the primary three days in the private and non-private sectors.
Sheikh Khalifa took over because the UAE’s second President in November 2004, succeeding his father, the late His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. Born in 1948, Sheikh Khalifa was the eldest son of Sheikh Zayed. He was additionally the sixteenth Ruler of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.
During his tenure he has been instrumental in bringing a few main restructuring of each the federal authorities and the federal government of Abu Dhabi. After being elected because the President, Sheikh Khalifa launched his first strategic plan for the UAE authorities to realize balanced and sustainable improvement, inserting the prosperity of UAE residents and residents on the core. In addition, he launched an initiative to evolve the nomination system for members of the Federal National Council (FNC), which was seen as an introduction in direction of the institution of direct elections within the UAE.
The President was additionally the one who championed many main developmental tasks within the nation. He steered the expansion of the oil and gasoline trade and the downstream sector which have contributed efficiently to the nation’s financial diversification and prosperity.
He undertook in depth excursions all through the UAE to check the wants of the Northern Emirates and gave directions for establishing plenty of schemes associated to housing, training, and social providers.
His key aims as President was to proceed on the trail laid down by his father Sheikh Zayed, whose legacy, he mentioned “will proceed to be the beacon guiding us into the long run, a affluent future the place safety and stability will reign.”