Yesterday saw the official beginning of three days of mourning throughout the UAE as a mark of respect after the passing of Sheik Ahmed bin Zayed Al Nahyan who was a brother of Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan the president of the United Arab Emirates. His body was discovered last Tuesday when it was revealed that he had been involved in a glider crash.
Many events have now been cancelled including some festival events for the Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation which was due to take place during the next three days. The Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage also announced that it would not now hold the final episode of Million’s Poet TV competition which was to be held on Wednesday this event and others that were scheduled for today and tomorrow, will now be rescheduled for another date yet to be announced.
All flags on government buildings will be flown at half mast during the official mourning period and official buildings will remain closed until the mourning period has passed.
Condolences are also now being offered by all those who sympathize with the family at this time. The crash occurred last Friday when Sheikh Ahmed bin Zayed Al Nahyan the managing director of the Abu Dhabi investment Authority crashed into a reservoir 10km outside the Moroccan city of Rabat. Sheikh Ahmed was No. 27 on the Forbes list in 2009 and his assets are cited to be worth around $700 billion and his investment portfolio included a stake in Citigroup and a share of Gatwick Airport in the UK.Paul Holdsworth, Staff Writer, Gulf Jobs Market News