Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed kisses the hand of Sheikh Khalifa. File
Gulf Today, Staff Reporter
UAE President His Highness Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan has shared a heartfelt tribute to his brother late Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan on Friday, May 13, 2022.
Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed said on Twitter, “With his enduring wisdom and generosity, my brother Khalifa Bin Zayed was the heart of our family and the guardian of our nation.
“He was loved greatly and will be deeply missed, but his remarkable legacy will live on forever. May God grant him eternal peace.”
Sheikh Khalifa was born in Al Muwaiji Fort in Al Ain in 1948. His full name is Khalifa Bin Zayed Bin Sultan Bin Zayed Bin Khalifa Bin Shakhbout Bin Theyab Bin Issa Bin Nahyan Bin Falah Bin Yas.
He is the eldest son of the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan.
The UAE announced that the country will observe a forty-day state mourning with the flag flown at half-mast starting from today (Friday) following his death.
The authorities said, "The UAE will observe a forty-day state mourning with the flag flown at half-mast starting today, the ministry announced, adding that work will be suspended at all ministries, departments, and federal, local and private entities for three days, starting Saturday, 14th May, with work to resume on Tuesday, 17th May."
Sheikh Khalifa belongs to the tribe of Bani Yas. Bani Yas is considered the mother tribe for most of the Arab tribes that settled in what is known today as the United Arab Emirates, which is historically known as 'Bani Yas Alliance'.
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