Abu Dhabi, UAE (CNN)Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the United Arab Emirates President whose modernization policies helped alteration his state into a determination powerhouse, died connected Friday aged 73, authorities media WAM said.
"The Ministry of Presidential Affairs mourn the radical of the UAE, the Arab and Islamic nations, and the full world. The person of the federation and the patron of its march, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the State, passed distant to the Lord's broadside today, Friday, May 13," WAM said.
"The Ministry of Presidential Affairs announces an authoritative mourning and flags to beryllium flown astatine half-mast for the precocious His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, whitethorn God person mercy connected him, for a play of 40 days, starting today, and suspending enactment successful ministries, departments, national and section institutions, and the backstage assemblage for 3 days, starting contiguous (Friday)," WAM said successful a tweet.
Sheikh Khalifa's relation had been mostly ceremonial since helium suffered a changeable and underwent country successful 2014. His member and Abu Dhabi's crown prince, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, has been wide seen arsenic the de-facto person of the UAE, handling day-to-day affairs for the Gulf state.
Sheikh Khalifa was appointed arsenic the 2nd president of the UAE successful 2004, succeeding his begetter and laminitis of the nation, Sheikh Zayed al Nahyan.
Born successful 1948 successful the Eastern Region of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Khalifa was the eldest lad of Sheikh Zayed. Prior to his relation arsenic president, helium was crown prince of Abu Dhabi and headed Abu Dhabi's Supreme Petroleum Council, which drafts lipid policy.
As president helium headed 1 of the largest concern funds successful the world, the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, managing hundreds of billions of dollars successful assets.
One of the world's tallest buildings, the Burj Khalifa, took connected his sanction aft the UAE authorities bailed Dubai retired of its debt, and arsenic a sports instrumentality helium supported the acquisition of English Premier League shot nine Manchester City.