UAE ruler Sheikh Khalifa’s mother dies, mourning period announced

Dubai, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: An United Arab Emirates flag flies at half staff at Diyafa Road in Dubai, 04 Januray 2006, to mark the death of Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashed al-Maktoum, who was ruler of Dubai and vice president of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Maktoum died today while visiting Australia at the age of 62. AFP PHOTO/NASSER YOUNES (Photo credit should read NASSER YOUNES/AFP/Getty Images)

Sheikha Hessa bint Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, the mother of UAE ruler Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed, has died, it has been announced.

Sheikha Hessa was the first wife of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan, founding President of the UAE,

The Ministry of Presidential Affairs issued a statement saying: “In the name of Allah, the Merciful, the Compassionate, with the hearts of believers in the judgment of God and his destiny.

“His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the President of the UAE, mourns the death of Her Highness the late Sheikha Hessa bint Mohammed Al Nahyan, who moved on to her Lord today.”

The Ministry said three days of official mourning begins today.

Sheikha Hessa gave birth in 1948 to Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, who became president after Sheikh Zayed’s death in 2004.

Sheikh Khalifa is also the ruler Abu Dhabi, the capital of the UAE.

 Source: Al Arabiya


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