CONDOLENCES BOOK OPENED FOR HIS HIGHNESS SHEIKH KHALIFA BIN ZAYED AL NAHYAN, LATE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED ARAB EMIRATES AT UNITED ARAB EMIRATES EMBASSY IN PRETORIA

Photo: Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Dr Naledi Pandor, signing Condolence Book in honour of President of the UAE, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan 

Photo: Ms Ndileka Mandela, the First Granddaughter of the late Former President Nelson Mandela and the CEO of Thembekile Mandela Foundation  Signing the Condolence Book

Photo: His Excellency Ambassador Mubarak Salim Ali Al Zakwani of Embassy of Oman in Pretoria, signing Condolence Book in honour of President of the UAE, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan

Photo: His Excellency Ambassador Sultan Al Angari, signing Condolence Book in honour of President of the UAE, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan 

Photo: His Excellency Ambassador Tariq Ali Al-Ansari of Qatar in Pretoria, signing Condolence Book in honour of President of the UAE, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

Photo:Photo: His Excellency Ambassador Ayman Mohammad Youssef Al-Adsani of Kuwait in Pretoria, signing Condolence Book in honour of President of the UAE, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan 

Photo: Ms. Susan Novela, Founder and CEO of the Diplomatic Informer Magazine SA, signing Condolence Book in honour of President of the UAE, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

22 May 2022

On Friday  20th May 2022, the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates concluded a seven day signing of a condolences book opened in memory of the late President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, of the United Arab Emirates, whose passing was announced by the Government of the UAE on Friday, 13 May  2022.  The UAE announced a 40-day period of mourning with Flags flying at half-mast.

President Cyril Ramaphosa on behalf of the government and people of South Africa extended his deepest condolences to the government and people of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) following the passing away of His Royal Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE.

In his statement President Ramaphosa offered deepest condolences to His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, Ruler of Dubai and Acting President of the United Arab Emirates, as well as to Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.

“We extend our sympathies to the Rulers and Royal family as well as the government and people of the United Arab Emirates. We mourn with them and share their loss said Ramaphosa”

President Ramaphosa recalled that the late Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan presided over major political reforms and made significant contributions to the socio-economic upliftment and welfare of the people of the United Arab Emirates, which remains a global example.

His Royal Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan served as the President of the United Arab Emirates since 2004 and was the second President of the UAE and 16th Ruler of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. He was the eldest son of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Founder of the United Arab Emirates.

The Ruler and President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed  Al Nahyan  passed away at the age of 73.

His Highness Sheikh Khalifa was born in 1948 in the inland oasis of Al Ain, near the border with the sultanate of Oman. He was trained at Sandhurst, the royal military academy in England.

In 1969, Sheikh Khalifa was named as Abu Dhabi Prime Minister and Chairman of the Emirate’s Department of Defence, which later became the core of the UAE’s armed forces.

After suffering a stroke and undergoing emergency surgery in 2014, a decade after becoming President, he ceased involvement in the day-to-day affairs of ruling the country.

The last several years of his life saw his brother Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed, rise to become the ruler and decision-maker of major foreign policy decisions. UAE recently marked its 50th anniversary.

President Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed will forever be remembered as a great leader who helped boost the UAE’s regional profile and oversaw much of the country’s blistering economic growth and his name was immortalised on the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa.

His Excellency Ambassador Mahash Saeed Alhameli of the United Arab Emirates to The Republic of South Africa  and the staff of the  Embassy received, South African cabinet Ministers, distinguished Heads of Missions, officials of the Government, representatives from the Department of International Relations and Cooperation of South Africa, political leaders, Business community, civil society and South African citizens who visited the Embassy in Pretoria to sign a condolences book.

The Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Dr Naledi Pandor, visited the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in Pretoria to sign a Condolence Book. Minister Pandor expressed her deepest sympathy and heartfelt condolences to the Government and people of the UAE, and expressed her hope for the further development of the UAE under the leadership of H.H. Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the newly elected President of the UAE.

Former late President Nelson Mandela’s eldest grand daughter Ms. Ndileka Mandela visited the Embassy to sign the condolence book and paid tribute to the late Sheikh Khalifa.

Ambassador of Oman, Dean of the Diplomatic Corps for Arab countries in South Africa, Ambassadors of Saudi Arabia, State of Kuwait, the Republic of Kazakhstan, Jordan, Egypt, Yemen, Turkey, Qatar, Pakistan and many more Ambassadors, representatives of diplomatic missions in South Africa, civil society, political leaders, friends of UAE,  visited the Embassy to sign the condolence book and paid tribute to the late Sheikh Khalifa.

Speaking on the legacy of  H.H. Highness President Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed, His Excellency Ambassador Mahash Saeed Alhameli of the United Arab Emirates to The Republic of South Africa,  on Gender Equality he said the UAE had come a long way in the advancement of equal rights. UAE is ranked as a leading country in gender equality in the region where women are playing a more visible and stronger role in both government and business.

Carrying forward the legacy Sheikh Zayed, one of Sheikh Khalifa’s top priorities was education. Sheikh Zayed believed that education would be the cornerstone in helping create an inclusive and prosperous society in the UAE. The commitment to education helped diversify the economy and prepared a new generation of young people ready to compete in the global marketplace. In 1975, the rate of adult literacy was 58 per cent among men and 38 per cent among women. Today, literacy rates for both genders are close to 95 per cent.

Sheikh Khalifa’s bold leadership has contributed greatly to the progress of the UAE and its people as well as the growing partnership between the Gulf states and the Arab world. This is a legacy that His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan, the new President of the United Arab Emirates will continue to build on to for the prosperity of the nation.

The rise of the UAE as an emerging regional power will continue in its golden age under the leadership of our president-elect Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan, who is the driving force behind the diplomatic rise of our country on international forums across different key thematic areas.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan has been pivitol in advancing the UAE as the leader of sustainable development and economic diversification and will continue this in his new role as the President the UAE.

The UAE will continue to strengthen its relations with the African continent. The UAE as an observer member of the African Union has pledge to support the African continent on its development agenda. In 2021 the UAE pledged to support the empowerment of Women and youth through skills development.

The UAE continues to support African governments through sharing good governance experiences as well as supporting their social economic development strategies. These are policies that have been championed by Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan and we shall continue working closely with the African continent to achieve peace, stability and sustainable development in line with the African development agenda.

His Excellency Ambassador Mahash Saeed Alhameli of the United Arab Emirates to The Republic of South Africa thanked all Heads of Missions and other signatories who came and shared their heartfelt messages of condolences in honour of  H.H. Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan

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