Sheikh Sultan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan passed away on Monday, 17th of November, 2019. He died during the ongoing health treatment abroad. He was the president’s representative and held many important political and the ruling position in UAE.
The government of UAE has had already implicated three days of official mourning in the whole country with respect to this unfortunate event.
His funeral prayers held on Wednesday, 20th of November, 2019, after the noon prayers at Sheikh Sultan Bin Zayed The First Mosque in Al Bateen. Many high-profile personalities of UAE came to Abu Dhabi to attend the funeral of Sheikh Sultan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan. The body was carried by his half-brother, the Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander, Sheikh Sultan Bin Zayed, after the funeral prayers. The crown prince also led the members of royal families of UAE at funeral prayers of his half-brother.
The traffic routing and all the official and unofficial activities of the country were planned beforehand to suit the timings of the funeral. The traffic plans were designed in a way that the royal members and attendees of the funeral can reach at Sheikh Sultan Bin Zayed Mosque in Al Bateen. The roads were cleared and managed for this purpose of a highly organized funeral.
The Al Nahyan family announced to receive condolences till Friday, 22nd of November,2019, at Al Mushrif Palace. On the very day of the funeral which is also the last day of official mourning, they decided to receive condolences between Assar and Maghrib Prayer. But on the next two days, Thursday and Friday, they scheduled the reception of condolences between 10 am to the midday prayers, that is of Zuhr, and then after a break, they will continue the reception in between Assar and Maghrib prayer.
The royal family had already been receiving sympathies from all over the world over phone calls and twitter even before the official condolences time. King Salman Bin Abdelaziz of Saudi Arabia, Custodian of Two Holy Mosques, His Majesty King of Jordan and King Muhammad of Morocco have already paid their condolences to the Al Nahyan Family on their immense loss.
Leaders and rulers from all over the Arab world have shared their heartfelt grief and prayers to the Al Nahyan family and directly gave their condolences to the Crowned Prince too.
Dr. Shawki Allam also showed his utmost sorrow at this event.
Moreover, the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi also tweeted in relation to the death of Sheikh Sultan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, “I offer my deepest condolences to Sheikh Khalifa on the demise of Sheikh Sultan bin Zayed Al Nahyan. In this moment of grief, our thoughts and prayers are with the Al Nahyan family and the people of UAE”.
Sheikh Mohammad Zayed, the Crown Prince of UAE said, “Sheikh Sultan worked with the founder Sheikh Zayed to place the foundation blocks of the unification and served his people. May God have mercy on his soul”.
Other international personalities like the famous Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan, President Arif Alvi, and other important personalities from all over the world, and most of the elites of UAE also expressed their grief over this event.