Sheikha Hessa bint Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, Mother of UAE President, Passes Away

  January 28, 2018 at 7:31 am by

It was announced on Sunday by the Ministry of Presidential Affairs in the United Arab Emirates that Sheikha Hessa bint Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, the mother of the UAE’s President, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, has passed away.

The Ministry’s statement read:

“In the name of Allah, the Merciful, the Compassionate. His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the President of the UAE, mourns the death of Her Highness the late Sheikha Hessa bint Mohammed Al Nahyan, who passed away today.” Three days of mourning has been established in the UAE.

Sheikha Hessa – age unknown – was the first wife of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, who was the first President of the United Arab Emirates after its founding in 1971, and the ruler of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.

Condolences have been issued by the leaders of the six remaining Emirates, as well as other members of the respective royal families, including Princess Haya of Jordan, Sheikha of Dubai, who described Sheikha Hessa as “beloved and respected across the nation”.

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