Monday 25 September 2017

UAE ruler who suffered stroke leaves country on private trip

Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan underwent emergency surgery in January 2014
Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan underwent emergency surgery in January 2014

The ruler of the United Arab Emirates has left the country on a private trip three years after suffering a stroke.

Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, who underwent emergency surgery following his stroke in January 2014, was reported to have travelled abroad by the state-run WAM news agency.

He was born in 1948 and became president after his father, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, died in 2004. He is also the ruler of Abu Dhabi, the oil-rich capital of the seven UAE sheikhdoms.

Sheikh Khalifa has taken several private trips abroad since his stroke.

He made a rare public appearance on state media in late June to mark the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. The video showed him speaking, but carried no sound.

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