DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — The long-ailing ruler of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, died on Friday, the federal government’s state information company introduced in a short assertion. He was 73 years previous.
Khalifa, the president of the United Arab Emirates, oversaw a lot of the nation’s breakneck financial progress and his identify was immortalized on the world’s tallest constructing, the Burj Khalifa, after he rescued debt-crippled Dubai throughout its disaster. finance greater than a decade in the past.
The UAE Ministry of Presidential Affairs introduced a 40-day mourning interval and a three-day work suspension throughout all ministries and the non-public sector from Friday, together with flags to be flown at half-staff.
He had lengthy since ceased to contain himself within the day-to-day enterprise of working the nation. As a substitute, his half-brother, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed, was seen because the issue ruler and maker of main overseas coverage selections, comparable to becoming a member of a Saudi-led battle in Yemen and spearheading an embargo. within the neighboring nation. Qatar in recent times.