Following the death of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the President of the UAE, condolences have been sent in their masses to His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
Many dignitaries from around the world arrived in the UAE over the weekend to pay their respects to the new President of the UAE.
Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, was one of the many who touched down in the UAE to share his condolences with Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed in the wake of his elder brother’s passing.
#UAE President receives more condolences from leaders of fraternal and friendly countries on passing of Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed.#WamNews https://t.co/k1QvywwKpQ pic.twitter.com/pwjKjLCV7b
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Queen Elizabeth II, who has been having some mobility issues as of late, issued a statement following Sheikh Khalifa’s passing on Friday.
“I am saddened to hear of the death of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Abu Dhabi,” she said. “Your distinguished brother devoted his life to serving the people of the United Arab Emirates and his relationship with its allies and friends.
“He will be long remembered by all who work for regional stability, understanding between nations and between faiths, and for the conservation cause. I offer Your Highness my sincere condolences and I extend my sympathy to the people of the United Arab Emirates.”
The Queen has sent a message of condolence following the passing of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Abu Dhabi:
— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) May 13, 2022
Over the weekend, a council meeting was held at Al Mushrif Palace in Abu Dhabi, chaired by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, where Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed was unanimously elected as President of the UAE.
Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed’s election as president comes after the passing of his elder brother.
Sheikh Khalifa, who was also the Ruler of Abu Dhabi, had been President of the UAE since 2004, following the passing of his father, the late Sheikh Zayed Al Nayhan, the Father of the UAE.
Sheikh Khalifa was born in 1948 and was the eldest son of the late Sheikh Zayed.