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President Sheikh Khalifa announced the death of his brother, Sheikh Sultan bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, in a statement carried by the Ministry of Presidential Affairs on Monday.

The President said that the country would observe 3 official days of mourning including the lowering of the flags starting on Monday.

Tributes Pour In

Along with a number of tributes on social media, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, paid tribute. They described him as loyal to the nation and one of the UAE’s national symbols.

The tribute said:

Sheikh Sultan worked with the founder Sheikh Zayed to place the foundation blocks of the unification [of the Emirates] and served his people. May God have mercy on his soul.”

Three Official Days Of Mourning In The UAE

The country will be observing three days of official mourning which typically includes flying flags at half-mast. Regular radio programming will most likely also be replaced with classical music or Quran recitation.

In previous official periods of mourning, federal ministries and government departments were closed, but this trend has been on the decrease in recent years and schools have typically stayed open.

In instances like these, most live entertainment, including radio broadcasts, are generally cancelled. So if you had plans to attend any of the events in and around Dubai this week, best you look out for any cancellation/postponement announcements!