Shaikh Zayed dies

Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahayan, President of the United Arab Emirates, died at the age of 86 on Tuesday. His Highness led the UAE since its formation in 1971.

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By  Matthew Southwell Published  November 3, 2004

Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahayan, President of the United Arab Emirates, died at the age of 86 on Tuesday. His Highness led the UAE since its formation in 1971. Sheikh Zayed’s funeral will be held later this afternoon. Government offices will close for eight days and private firms for three days starting today. Foreign and Arab leaders are expected to arrive in the capital for the funeral. Under the constitution of the UAE, Vice-President and Prime Minister Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid al-Maktoum, ruler of Dubai, will act as president until the federal council meets within 30 days to elect a president. Abu Dhabi crown prince Sheikh Khalifa will automatically take over as ruler of the capital Abu Dhabi.

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