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UAE President's mother passes away

A three day mourning period has been announced
Team shortlist28 Jan 2018 AT 10:09 AM
UAE President's mother passes away
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It has been announced that Her Highness Sheikha Hessa bint Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, the mother of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the President of the UAE, has died.

Sheikha Hessa was the first wife of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan, the founder president of the UAE.

The Ministry of Presidential Affairs has issued an official statement saying: "In the name of Allah, the merciful, the compassionate, with the hearts of believers in the judgment of God and his destiny. His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the President of the UAE, mourns the death of Her Highness the late Sheikha Hessa bint Mohammed Al Nahyan, who moved on to her Lord today."

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, was among the first to offer his condolences, tweeting: "My sincere condolences to my brother Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan on the death of Her Highness Sheikha Hessa bint Mohammed Al Nahyan."

The ministry has announced an official three days of mourning starting today.

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