Qatar’s former Emir Sheikh Khalifa bin Hamad Al Thani, who ruled the country for more than two decades, passed away on Sunday at the age of 84.
Emiri Diwan announced that Qatar will observe three days of national mourning, which means that any special events are likely to be cancelled and flags will fly at half-mast on public buildings.
However, offices and schools are likely to function as normal.
Sheikh Khalifa bin Hamad Al Thani was the grandfather of the current Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani.
“May Allah have mercy on his soul and make his residence paradise, and grant him the best reward for what he achieved to his homeland and nation,” the Emiri Diwan statement said.
“HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani has ordered three days of public mourning across the country,” the statement added.
Sheikh Khalifa was born in Rayyan in 1932 as the son of Hamad bin Abdullah Al Thani and grandson of Abdullah bin Jassim Al Thani. He ruled Qatar for 23 years, from 1972 until 1995.
Even since the news was announced, condolences are pouring in from worldwide. Funeral prayers are expected to be held tomorrow.
– Published on: 23 October 2016