The late Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.


Sheikh Khalifa’s death: 3-day work suspension in private and public offices begins amid 40-day mourning period


DUBAI – A three-day suspension of work in private and public sector offices in the UAE began on Saturday (May 14) amid a 40-day mourning period over the death of UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

Offices and schools will reopen on Tuesday following the 3-day closure of offices as a mark of respect to the late UAE President.

Sheikh Khalifa died on Friday (May 13) at the age of 73. He was buried on the same day following a funeral prayer at Sheikh Sultan bin Zayed the First Mosque in Abu Dhabi.

On Saturday, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, who has been declared Ruler of Abu Dhabi following his brother’s death, will receive condolences from UAE rulers and senior officials at Mushrif Palace.

The UAE began a 40-day mourning period on Friday. During this period, flags will fly at half-mast. Radio stations and state-owned televisions will play classical music or prayers. Live entertainment is also suspended.

On Friday evening, colourful and non-essential lights at UAE landmarks like the Museum of the Future and Dubai Frame in Dubai were turned down as a mark of respect to the late UAE President. Pictures of Sheikh Khalifa were also seen in digital billboards across the UAE. ICA/Expat Media

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