When the UAE’s President passes away, the country experiences a period of mourning. Sheikh Khalifa’s death will be commemorated with a 40-day mourning period. Flags will be flown at half-mast, and federal, state, and municipal government offices, as well as the private sector, will be closed for three days beginning Friday, according to the Ministry of Presidential Affairs.
This period is meant to be a gesture of respect, and life in the UAE adopts a more solemn tone during this time. Classical music is often broadcast on radio stations and broadcast on state-owned television channels. The majority of live entertainment is cancelled.
The formal mourning period was set at 40 days following the death of UAE Founding Father Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan in November 2004. Shops were closed and offices were vacant. A grieving period might continue anywhere from three to forty days after a member of the UAE royal family passes away.
Ministry of Presidential Affairs: Work will be suspended for three days in all ministries, federal and local institutions, and the business sector, beginning tomorrow, “Saturday.” On Tuesday, formal working hours will resume.