The second President of the UAE, Highness Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan passed away on Friday, May 13.
In honour of the late UAE President, a mourning period of 40 days has been declared along with the suspension of work in ministries, departments, federal and local institutions, and the private sector for 3 days, resuming Tuesday, May 17.
Entertainment that features musical performances, dance in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, has been halted, according to The Economy and Tourism.
As the UAE has entered the 40 day mourning period, here’s what you can expect
Dubai’s Department of Economy and Tourism mourns the loss of the visionary leader of UAE, the late His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, who passed away on Friday, 13 May. May God Almighty have mercy upon the deceased and grant him eternal peace. pic.twitter.com/FKGbo8uzD3
— Dubai Tourism (DET) (@dubaitourism) May 13, 2022
Entertainment and radio shows will be cancelled and flags will be at half-mast as the country mourns
The mourning period began on May 13 and as all residents know, work is off until Tuesday, May 17.
If you’re out and about in the city, you can expect to see UAE flags at half-mast for 40 days. This action is done as a mark of respect for the leader.
As per the previous instances where the country mourns, radio stations played recitations of the Holy Quran or classical music, instead of regularly scheduled programmes. It might last for the 3 days or for the full 40.