Late UAE president Sheikh Khalifa laid to rest in Abu Dhabi cemetery
The Alarabiya English reported, state news agency (WAM) on Friday (May 13), late UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan was laid to rest in al-Bateen cemetery in Abu Dhabi.
Prior to his burial, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan and members of Al Nahyan family performed funeral prayers at Sheikh Sultan Bin Zayed the First Mosque in Abu Dhabi.
The report said: “They prayed that God grants [Sheikh Khalifa,] whom the Arab and Muslim world lost, eternal peace." It added that they also prayed to God to grant them patience and solace during this sorrowful phase.
Sheikh Mohammed and other sheikhs then accompanied the body of Sheikh Khalifa to be laid to rest.
WAM added that Sheikh Mohammed will accept condolences from emirates’ rulers at the residence of late Sheikh Khalifa, al-Mushrif Palace, on Saturday (May 14).
Separately on Friday, Saudi Arabia’s King Salman directed performing the funeral prayer in absentia for late Sheikh Khalifa after Isha prayer at the Grand Holy Mosque and the Prophet’s Holy Mosque.
Queen Elizabeth pays rich tributes to Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan
Sheikh Khalifa, who served as the president of the UAE and Ruler of Abu Dhabi since November 3, 2004, died at the age of 73 on Friday.