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UAE announces three-day mourning for Queen Elizabeth II

In remembrance of Queen Elizabeth II, the UAE has declared that the flags at the country’s embassies and in the public and private sectors will fly at half-mast for three days.

The mourning period will start from Friday (September 9) and ends on Monday (September 12).

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UAE President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan paid tribute to Queen Elizabeth, calling her a “close friend of the UAE” and a “beloved and respected leader whose long reign was characterised by dignity, compassion and a tireless commitment to serving her country”.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, called Queen Elizabeth “a global icon who represented the finest qualities of her nation and people”.

“Her incredible lifetime of service and duty to the United Kingdom is unparalleled in our modern world,” Sheikh Mohammed said.

Queen Elizabeth II marked her 70th year on the throne earlier this year, making her Britain’s longest reigning monarch and the world’s longest serving head of state. She died in Balmoral Castle in Scotland on Thursday. She was 96. BKM/ Expat Media

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