Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Next President of UAE.
Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, who had been battling sickness for years, died on Friday at the age of 73.
According to local media sources, the federal supreme council of the United Arab Emirate elected Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan as the president of the UAE on Saturday.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed had been running the show from behind the scenes for years, while his half-brother Sheikh Khalifa was ill.
Under his low-key leadership, the UAE has launched a man into space, sent a rover to Mars, and built its first nuclear reactor, all while leveraging its oil-funded clout to pursue a more assertive foreign policy.
Thanks to the withdrawal of conventional powers and reduced US participation, it has emerged as a leader of a reshaped Middle East, forging ties with Israel and supporting the fight against Iran-backed terrorists in Yemen.
Former leader Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al-Nahyan died the day before his election.
Sheikh Khalifa, who led the UAE to unprecedented prosperity but was rarely seen in public, was laid to rest at Abu Dhabi’s Al Bateen Cemetery barely hours after his death was announced, as per Muslim tradition. Mohamed bin Zayed, his successor, led the prayers at his funeral.
The world’s tallest building, Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, was renamed when Sheikh Khalifa bailed out the debt-ridden emirate when the global financial crisis struck in 2009.
US President Joe Biden called Sheikh Khalifa “a true partner and friend of the United States” as condolences poured in from around the world. Saudi Arabia, along with Oman, Lebanon, and Kuwait, has suspended sports and entertainment events three days of mourning.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, Iran’s foreign minister, and Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett all paid tribute, demonstrating the UAE’s broad allegiances.
The Indian flag was flown at half-mast at the Parliament in New Delhi on a day of national sorrow.