The late Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmed Al Sabah.
PHOTO BY ARCHIVE
DUBAI – The UAE has declared a three-day mourning period following the death of Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmed Al Sabah on Tuesday (September 29).
Sheikh Sabah died at the age of 91. His death was announced by the Emiri Diwan, the office of the Kuwaiti royal palace.
Sheikh Sabah was admitted to a US hospital in July following a surgery. The Emir’s office did not disclose the reason for his hospitalization or surgery.
Flags in the UAE will be flown at half-mast during the mourning period for Sheikh Sabah.
UAE leaders paid tribute to the late Kuwaiti Emir, who they said was a beacon of tolerance, peace and wisdom.
UAE President Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan said Sheikh Sabah, who ruled Kuwait since 2006, dedicated his life to the Arab world.
Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, said Sheikh Sabah “served Kuwait with honour and grace”.
Sheikh Nawaf Al Ahmed Al Sabah, the Crown Prince and Deputy Emir of Kuwait, was appointed as Kuwait Emir following Sheikh Sabah’s death.
Sheikh Nawaf, 83, had served as acting Emir when Sheikh Sabah was admitted to the hospital.
Sheikh Nawaf, who was sworn in as crown prince in 2006, previously served as Minister of Defence and the Minister of Interior. ICA/Expat Media
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