Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed kisses the hand of his brother Sheikh Khalifa. File
Gulf Today, Staff Reporter
His Highness Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, has mourned the death of his beloved brother President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan who passed away on Friday.
Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed said on Twitter, “We belong to God and to Him we shall return… The Emirates lost its righteous son, the leader of the ‘empowerment stage’ and the trustee of its blessed journey… His stances, achievements, wisdom, giving and initiatives in every corner of the country… Khalifa Bin Zayed, my brother, my mentor and my teacher, may God have mercy on you with his vast mercy and enter you into his good pleasure and paradise.”
The UAE ministry also announced that the UAE will observe a forty-day state mourning with the flag flown at half-mast starting from today (Friday) and suspending work at all ministries, departments, and federal, local and private entities for three days.
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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.
His mother is Sheikha Hessa Bint Mohammed Bin Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan. Al Muwaiji village was a centre of influence for the Al bu Falah subsection of the Bani Yas tribal confederation and the Al Nahyan ruling family.
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’.
Sheikh Khalifa lived with his family Al Muwaiji Fort in Al Ain city. He received his school education in Al Ain at the city’s first school built by his father.
Sheikh Khalifa spent most of his childhood in the oases of Al Ain and Al Buraimi with the company of his father who governed the Al Ain region at that time.