Abu Dhabi: President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, mourns the death of his brother, Sheikh Sultan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the President's Representative, who passed away on Monday.
At the directives of the Ministry of Presidential Affairs, the UAE will observe an official mourning period of three days with the flag flown at half-mast.
“My deepest condolences to Al Nahyan family and the people of the UAE on the death of Sheikh Sultan Bin Zayed. Zayed's sons have an immortal imprint in the UAE, and hence their love is in the hearts of all Emiratis. Zayed's sons are founding partners who will never be forgotten. May Allah rest the soul of Sheikh Sultan in peace and grant us and UAE people patience and solace,” His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, tweeted.
“Today I lost my brother and one of the UAE’s loyal statesmen and one of its national symbols. He worked with the founding father, the late Sheikh Zayed, to lay down the foundations of the Union's institutions and serve his people. May Allah rest the soul of Sheikh Sultan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan in peace, and grant us patience and solace to bear this great loss,” His Highness Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.
In the statement, the Ministry prays to Allah the Almighty to rest his soul in peace, and grant Al Nahyan's Family all patience and solace.
Sheikh Sultan is the second son of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, founder of UAE. He was born in 1955. He was educated at Millfield School in Somerset in the United Kingdom and is a graduate of Sandhurst military academy. He served as Commander-in-Chief of the UAE Armed Forces with a rank of Brigadier from 1978 to 1982. He was appointed as Chairman of the Public Works Department, Abu Dhabi in 1988.
Sheikh Sultan was appointed as deputy prime minister in the fifth UAE cabinet in 1990 till 2008. He was appointed as the president's representative which he held until his death.
Sheikh Sultan held various portfolios such as Chairman of the Zayed Center in Abu Dhabi, chairman of the media and cultural centre, chairman of the Emirates Heritage Club and chairman of Zayed center for coordination and follow-up, a member of Supreme Petroleum Council, and a member of Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA).
He has accompanied with his father to various countries. He learnt from him noble values and farsightedness.
- Inputs from WAM, GN Archives