UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, immortalised in title of world’s tallest constructing, dies aged 73
Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the president of the United Arab Emirates, has died on the age of 73.
A professional-Western moderniser, he was identified for aligning the Gulf State nearer to the US and its allies.
He oversaw a lot of the nation’s financial development and bailed out debt-ridden Dubai throughout its monetary disaster greater than 10 years in the past.
Sheikh Khalifa additionally helped fund the world’s tallest constructing, Burj Khalifa, which was named after him.
He grew to become president in 2004 – however suffered a stroke and had emergency surgical procedure a decade later and stopped being concerned within the day-to-day affairs of ruling the nation.
He had hardly ever been seen in public since.
Throughout the previous few years of his life, his half-brother, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed, grew to become the de-factor ruler and decision-maker of main international coverage selections, like becoming a member of the Saudi-led struggle in Yemen and main an embargo on Qatar previously few years.
“The UAE has misplaced its righteous son and chief of the ’empowerment section’ and guardian of its blessed journey,” Sheikh Mohammed stated.
US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken referred to as Sheikh Khalifa “as a real buddy of the US”, including that the US stays dedicated to its steadfast friendship and cooperation with the UAE.
Vice President Kamala Harris additionally expressed her condolences.
Sheikh Mohammed anticipated to say presidency
Relations between the Biden administration and the UAE have been strained over the nation’s refusal to hitch US efforts to isolate Russia following its invasion of Ukraine.
The UAE introduced a 40-day interval of mourning and a three-day suspension of labor throughout the federal government and personal sector.
No particulars have been introduced in regards to the nature of Sheikh Khalifa’s demise or about who will change him however Sheikh Mohammed is extensively anticipated to say the presidency.
The crown prince, additionally the deputy supreme commander of the armed forces, introduced the UAE nearer to Israel after the 2 international locations normalised relations in 2020.
He has additionally fought a rising tide of political Islam across the area.