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UAE Declares a Three Day Mourning Period in Honor of Queen Elizabeth II


Post the passing of Queen Elizabeth II, the United Arab Emirates will play tribute to the monarch with a three day period of mourning, from Friday, September 9 to Sunday, September 11. During this time, the country and UAE embassies across the globe will fly their flags at half-staff.

Her Majesty passed away on September 8, 2022, surrounded by her closest family members at her Scottish estate. She was 96 years old and had served as the Queen of England for 70 years. A close friend of the Middle East, Her Majesty is being mourned across the region, with several leaders sharing public messages of sorrow over her demise.


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HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, wrote, “We join the world in mourning the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, a global icon who represented the finest qualities of her nation and people. Her incredible lifetime of service and duty to the United Kingdom is unparalleled in our modern world.” HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed, Crown Prince of Dubai, also shared a message, calling the royal a “Queen of love, wisdom, and humanity. The world will miss you”.

Queen Elizabeth with HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid and HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed. Photo: Getty

HH Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the President of the UAE President, also shared a message for the late royal, saying “Her Majesty was a close friend of the UAE and a beloved & respected leader…  I extend my sincere condolences to the family of Queen Elizabeth II and the people of the UK.”

Born on April 21, 1926, Queen Elizabeth II was known best for her charm, her ability to touch lives on a personal level, and for those who enjoy fashion, her unique sense of style. She will forever be remembered as one of the most iconic women to rule.

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