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UAE President Sheikh Khalifa passes away

UAE President Sheikh Khalifa passes away at the age of 73.  The official mourning period will begin on Saturday, with normal working hours resuming on Tuesday

The news was announced on Friday afternoon by the state news agency Wam.

The Ministry of Presidential Affairs said there will be 40 days of official mourning with flags at half-staff, and three days of closure of ministries and official entities at the federal and local levels as well as the private sector.

The funeral will be on Friday after the maghrib prayer, with all mosques in the UAE holding funeral prayers.

On Saturday, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, will receive condolences from the Rulers of the Emirates and senior officials at Mushrif Palace.

In a statement published by Wam, the Ministry of Presidential Affairs expressed its condolences to the people of the UAE, Arab and Islamic nations and the world on the death of Sheikh Khalifa.

Source: The National