UAE loses a historic leader

DUBAI – His Highness Shaikh Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of United Arab Emirates and ruler of Dubai passed away yesterday morning in Australia. The President, His Highness Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, has mourned the death of His Highness Shaikh Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum. "The UAE has lost a historic leader who contributed throughout his life towards establishing the UAE and enhancing its structure and the welfare of its people,” a statement issued by the Ministry of Presidential Affairs yesterday said.

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Published: Thu 5 Jan 2006, 10:31 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 6:52 PM

“Shaikh Maktoum was an example of sincere national commitment. He placed his country's interest above all other considerations. He was a model for good behaviour."

“The excellent record and legacy of late Shaikh Maktoum in serving his country are unaccountable. His constructive role in establishing the UAE and enhancing its federal march and other fields of national action will remain engraved in the memory of the nation and its people,” the statement said.

The government has announced a 40-day official mourning during which flags will fly at half-mast. Ministries, government institutions and departments will remain closed for 7 days.

Shaikh Maktoum was born in 1943 in the Shindagha neighbourhood. He was first appointed as the prime minister of the UAE in April 1972.

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