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Sheikh Khalifa Remembered

Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nahyan changed the face of the United Arab Emirates

Sheikh Khalifa, ‘master statesman’ who put UAE on the map

Analysts pay tribute to the visionary leader who transformed his region “The UAE is almost unrecognisable from 20 years ago and has developed into a vibrant and dynamic place where individuals and businesses can flourish,” according to Scott Livermore, chief economist at research group Oxford Economics Middle East. That is the legacy of Sheikh Khalifa […]

Biden sends all-star team to UAE to repair frayed ties

President Joe Biden is sending an all-star US delegation to the United Arab Emirates on Monday to offer condolences after the death of its ruler, in an apparent bid to step up efforts to repair frayed ties with Gulf Arab allies. Washington’s desire to improve ties with Gulf monarchies has gained renewed urgency following Russia’s […]

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In pictures: Sheikh Khalifa laid to rest in Abu Dhabi

Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed was laid to rest Friday evening following his passing, aged 73. Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed al-Nahyan, who was elected president of Abu Dhabi by a federal supreme council yesterday, led senior leaders in prayer. The funeral took place at Al Bateen cemetery. Sheikh Khalifa’s body was carried to its final resting […]

Sheikh Mohamed named new President of the UAE

The UAE’s de facto leader Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed al-Nahyan was elected president of the Gulf Arab state by a federal supreme council on Saturday. The council, which groups the rulers of the seven emirates of the UAE federation, elected Sheikh Mohamed, known as MbZ, a day after the death of his half-brother, President Sheikh […]

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was one of many world leaders to express their condolences

Messages of sympathy pour in from around the globe

Leaders from the Gulf, the wider Middle East and around the world have offered their heartfelt condolences after the death of Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the President of the United Arab Emirates and ruler of Abu Dhabi. Here are some of the messages of sympathy The UN offices in the UAE said: “In this […]

Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nahyan with President George W Bush in 2008

A modernising leader who moved UAE closer to US

Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nahyan, who died today, was a pro-Western moderniser whose low-key approach helped steer the United Arab Emirates through a tense era in regional politics by aligning the Gulf oil producer with Washington and its allies, including Israel. Khalifa, who was born in 1948, had been ruler of the richest emirate, Abu […]

United Arab Emirates President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nahayan attending the opening ceremony of the Arab summit in Riyadh March 28, 2007. Arab leaders officially began a two-day summit in Saudi Arabia that relaunched an Arab initiative for peace with Israel

A lifetime of service by the President of the UAE

Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, ruler of Abu Dhabi, was elected President of the United Arab Emirates in November 2004, to succeed his father, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, UAE President from 1971 to 2004. Sheikh Khalifa presided over a major restructuring of both the Federal Government and the government of […]

United Arab Emirates' President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nahyan

Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed has passed away

Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the second President of the United Arab Emirates and 16th ruler of Abu Dhabi, died today aged 73. In a statement published by Wam, The Ministry of Presidential Affairs expressed its deepest condolences to the people of the UAE, Arab and Islamic nations and the world. The Ministry of Presidential […]