Habib Al Sayegh. File
Habib Yousuf Abdallah Al Sayegh, Editor-in-Chief of Al Khaleej Newspaper, Chairman of the Emirates Writers Union and Secretary General of the Arab Writers Union, passed away on Tuesday.
Al Sayegh, a prominent Emirati poet and intellectual was born in Abu Dhabi in 1955. He received his Bachelor of Philosophy in 1977 and completed his Master of Comparative Linguistics from the University of London in 1998.
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai said, “The UAE has lost one of the pillars of the media, journalism and literature... Oh Almighty Allah, grant his family patience and solace...”
With its deepest sympathy, Dar Al Khaleej for Press, Publishing and Advertising expressed the heartfelt condolences on the death of the prominent Emirati poet, Habib Al Sayegh - the Secretary-General of the General Union of Arab Writers and Editor-in-Chief of Arabic language daily Al-Khaleej.
Dubai Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed said, “The UAE has lost the Emirati journalist and writer Habib Sayegh, one of the distinguished media men who left their mark in the national press... We ask Allah to grant the deceased the highest place in the paradise...”
Sheikh Nahyan said the Al Khaleej annual conference has become an important cultural event and embodies the national belonging that it leads.
The UAE is in an official three-day mourning period since Tuesday; flags flew at half-mast.
Sheikh Sultan received condolences from the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, King of Saudi Arabia.
UAE employers were asked to prioritise the safety of their employees during the current unstable weather conditions.
The man’s vehicle was stuck in the sand in the desert of Al Dhafra. The Emirati’s family reported it to the authorities that he has not returned home prompting them to launch a rescue operation.
In Al Khan area, residents were seen fishing and enjoying the cool breeze. Last week the UAE schools went on winter vacation, so families and youngster were seen holding picnic at the corniche, making the most of the pleasant weather.