UAE President's mother passes away
It has been announced that Her Highness Sheikha Hessa bint Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, the mother of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the President of the UAE, has died.
Sheikha Hessa was the first wife of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan, the founder president of the UAE.
The Ministry of Presidential Affairs has issued an official statement saying: "In the name of Allah, the merciful, the compassionate, with the hearts of believers in the judgment of God and his destiny. 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 moved on to her Lord today."
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, was among the first to offer his condolences, tweeting: "My sincere condolences to my brother Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan on the death of Her Highness Sheikha Hessa bint Mohammed Al Nahyan."
خالص العزاء والمواساة لأخي رئيس الدولة صاحب السمو الشيخ خليفة بن زايد آل نهيان في وفاة والدته سمو الشيخة حصة بنت محمد آل نهيان .. وعزاؤنا لعموم آل نهيان ولشعب الامارات الكريم .. ولكل محب للامارات ولرئيسها .. انا لله وانا اليه راجعون— HH Sheikh Mohammed (@HHShkMohd) January 28, 2018
The ministry has announced an official three days of mourning starting today.