Mourn­ing for Deputy Ruler of Shar­jah

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Sheikh Ahmed bin Sul­tan Al Qasimi, Deputy Ruler of Shar­jah, has died.

His death on Thurs­day will be marked by three days of mourn­ing and flags will be flown at half staff.

Sheikh Ahmed died in Lon­don and the mourn­ing pe­riod will be­gin when his body is re­turned to the Emi­rates and fu­neral prayers are per­formed.

The Royal Court of Sheikh Dr Sul­tan bin Muham­mad Al Qasimi, Ruler of Shar­jah, said con­do­lences would be re­ceived through phone calls be­cause the coro­n­avirus out­break pre­vented gath­er­ings.

The phone num­bers would be made pub­lic in due course.

Sheikh Mo­hammed bin Rashid, Vice Pres­i­dent and Ruler of Dubai, led tributes on­line on Thurs­day and of­fered his con­do­lences to the Shar­jah Ruler.

“Our con­do­lences to His High­ness Sheikh Dr Sul­tan bin Muham­mad Al Qasimi and the peo­ple of the UAE on the death of Sheikh Ahmed bin Sul­tan Al Qasimi, may God rest his soul,” Sheikh Mo­hammed said on Twit­ter, pray­ing for Al Qasimi fam­ily to be granted pa­tience and so­lace.

“We be­long to Al­lah and to Him we shall re­turn.” Sheikh Mo­hamed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Com­man­der of the Armed Forces, also paid his re­spects.

“My sin­cere con­do­lences to my brother Sheikh Sul­tan bin Muham­mad Al Qasimi and his fam­ily on the pass­ing of Sheikh Ahmed bin Sul­tan Al Qasimi,” he said.

“I pray they are granted pa­tience and so­lace dur­ing these dif­fi­cult and try­ing times. May he rest in peace.”

The Min­istry of Pres­i­den­tial Af­fairs is­sued a state­ment mourn­ing the death of Sheikh Ahmed.

It of­fered con­do­lences, prayers and words of com­fort to the fam­ily of Sheikh Ahmed.

A sim­i­lar mes­sage was is­sued by the of­fices of the Ruler of Aj­man and the Ruler of Fu­jairah, who mourned the death of Sheikh Ahmed and wished the fam­ily the strength to bear the loss.

Dur­ing the mourn­ing pe­riod, flags are flown at half staff and reg­u­lar ra­dio pro­grammes are re­placed with clas­si­cal mu­sic or Qu­ran recita­tions.

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