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Sheikh Maktoum passess away today

posted on 04/01/2006: 1015 views

President H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan mourned today (Wednesday) the death of H.H. Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, who passed away in the early morning of today.

A statement issued by the Ministry of Presidential Affairs said

that : ' The UAE today lost a historical leader who has contributed throughout his life in establishing the UAE and enhancing its structure and the welfare of its people.

The statement added that : 'The late Sheikh Maktoum was an

example of the sincere national commitment. He placed his country's interest over any other considerations. He was a model for good behaviour.

'The excellent record and legacy of the late Sheikh Maktoum in

serving his country are unaccountable. His constructive role in

establishing the UAE and enhancing its federal march and other

field of national action will remain engraved in the memory of the nation and its people, the statement said.

The government has announced a 40-day official mourning during which flags will fly at half-mast.Ministries, government institutions and departments will remain closed for seven days starting from today.


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