UAE President's brother passes away; 3-day mourning period declared

The Presidential Court announces official mourning and flags at half-mast for a period of three days

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Published: Thu 27 Jul 2023, 1:58 AM

Last updated: Thu 27 Jul 2023, 11:05 PM

The UAE President, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, mourns his brother, Sheikh Saeed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, representative of the Ruler of Abu Dhabi.

Sheikh Saeed, who was suffering from a health problem, passed away today. The Presidential Court announced a three-day mourning period, with flags flown at half-mast across the country, from today, Thursday, July 27, until the end of Saturday, July 29.

On Saturday, July 22, the Presidential Court said that Sheikh Saeed bin Zayed was suffering from a health problem. In a statement, the Court said, "Sheikh Saeed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Ruler’s Representative, is going through a health problem. We pray to Allah Almighty to grant him quick recovery."

Life in service

Sheikh Saeed was a beloved leader who dedicated his life to serving the country and its people, the UAE President said in a heartfelt tribute.

Born in 1965 in Al Ain, Sheikh Saeed was appointed as the Representative of the Ruler of Abu Dhabi in June 2010. He was appointed as the Undersecretary of the Department of Planning in Abu Dhabi. He was also a representative of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.

A former member of Abu Dhabi Executive Council (ADCED), Sheikh Saeed bin Zayed had also held the position of Chairman of the Maritime Port Authority (Abu Dhabi).

Soon after his death was announced, tributes poured in, with UAE royals and prominent Emiratis offering their condolences. Leaders from around the world also expressed their sympathies.

Sheikh Saeed was laid to rest at Al Bateen Cemetery in Abu Dhabi on Thursday afternoon.


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