UAE President’s mother passes away

The Ministry of Presidential Affairs declared a three-day official mourning period



Sheikha Hessa bint Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, the mother of UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, passed away on Sunday, according to state new agency WAM.

In a brief statement, the Ministry of Presidential Affairs confirmed Sheikha Hessa’s passing on January 28.

The ministry declared a three-day official mourning period starting today. During this time UAE flags will be flown at half mast.

Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces said: “Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan is mourning the death of Sheikha Hessa, who passed away today. May Allah rest her soul in peace.”

Dubai’s Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum offered his sincere condolences and sympathy in a Twitter statement following the announcement.

Statements also followed from his father, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and other members of the UAE’s ruling families.

Jordan’s Princess Haya bint Hussein also offered her condolences.