Khalifa bin Zaid, Emir of Abu Dhabi and owner of £1.4bn of London property, dies at 73

Khalifa bin Zaid, Emir of Abu Dhabi and owner of £1.4bn of London property, dies at 73

Khalifa bin Zaid, Emir of Abu Dhabi and owner of £1.4bn of London property, dies at 73

Khalifa bin Zaid, Emir of Abu Dhabi and owner of £1.4bn of London property, has died at the age of 73, according to reports in the Arab press. He had been on medical leave from his position as Emir since January and had not appeared in public since April last year, when he was seen sitting in a wheelchair during the UAE’s National Day celebrations with an oxygen mask on his face.

Who was Khalifa bin Zaid?

UAE President Dies-UAE leader who owned £1.4bn of London property died after 18 years ruling country KHAILIFA BIN ZAID Al Nayhan has died aged 73. The former UAE president was said to have been suffering from several health problems before his death on Monday afternoon in Saudi Arabia following an illness. Mr Al Nayhan was named as a possible replacement for Sheikh Khalifa bin Zaid Al Nahyan as he was seen as being groomed for succession. In 2006 when Sheikh Khalifa's father Sheikh Zayed died, al Nahyan became ruler of Abu Dhabi and retained that title until 2011 when he handed over to his son Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum who had been made Prime Minister in 2004.

How did he die?

Khalifa bin Zaid Alnayan, who ruled over Dubai and its neighbouring emirates for 18 years until his death on Saturday morning, was suffering from a heart condition that had worsened in recent months. Despite being one of the most powerful men in UAE history—as president of its wealthiest emirate—he was known to be very shy: according to The Guardian he only allowed himself to be photographed sitting down once during his 18-year reign as UAE President.

His properties included...

Developers paid tribute to his 'visionary' development policies after news of his death was announced. They said he had been instrumental in kick-starting Dubai's property boom by developing its first ever marina in 1981 before turning his attention to other areas such as hotels and resorts. He also owned a number of luxury hotels including The Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles, The Plaza Hotel in New York City, and The Savoy Hotel in London's Albert Embankment among others.

He had three wives and two ex-wives

Fatima bint Mubarak Al Ketbi, Maitha Salem Khamis Al Nahyan and Her Highness Sheikha Aisha Bint Khalifa Al Nahyan (one of his first cousins). His children include: Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan; Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan; Saif al-Islam bin Zayed Al Nahyan; Hazza bin Zayed Al Nahyan; Duaa bint Khalfan Bin Sahak al-Nahayan; Hashem bin Khaled Bin Mohammed Bin Butti al-Nahayan; Ahmed bin Abdullah al-Nahayan.

Tributes to his leadership

People expressed their grief on social media sites after his death was announced. Son Mohammed Bin Zayed al-Nahyan said: I present my condolences to our people and beloved father [the UAE President] who stood by them as well as other world leaders. A statement from Buckingham Palace said: The Queen has been saddened to learn of the death of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, ruler of Abu Dhabi. The Queen is also aware that Sheikh Khalifa had served as UAE president for 19 years until his passing.

Funeral arrangements revealed

Khalifa bin Zaid Alnayan, Emir of Abu Dhabi has died after suffering a heart attack while travelling in Switzerland to see his doctor. His body will be flown back to Dubai where a full state funeral will be held on Thursday with his son Mohammed already announced as his successor . . . Funeral arrangements have now been released for residents who want to pay their respects; there will be three days' mourning for him and citizens have been invited by Mohammed to attend. His body will lie in state from 10am local time (7am GMT) until 3pm on Friday at Istiqlal Mosque - which is expected to draw huge crowds because it is where UAE's rulers are buried.

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