UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, immortalised in name of world’s tallest building, dies aged 73 | World News



Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the president of the United Arab Emirates, has died at the age of 73.

A pro-Western moderniser, he was known for aligning the Gulf State closer to the US and its allies.

He oversaw much of the country’s economic growth and bailed out debt-ridden Dubai during its financial crisis more than 10 years ago.

Sheikh Khalifa also helped fund the world’s tallest building, Burj Khalifa, which was named after him.

He became president in 2004 – but suffered a stroke and had emergency surgery a decade later and stopped being involved in the day-to-day affairs of ruling the country.

He had rarely been seen in public since.

During the last few years of his life, his half-brother, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed, became the de-factor ruler and decision-maker of major foreign policy decisions, like joining the Saudi-led war in Yemen and leading an embargo on Qatar in the past few years.

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