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Ruler of Umm al-Quwain passes away

UPDATE 1: 40 days of mourning after Sheikh Rashid bin Ahmed Al-Mualla's death.

Supreme Council member and Ruler of Umm al-Quwain Sheikh Rashid bin Ahmed Al-Mualla passed away on Friday morning in London, it has been announced.

A 40-day state of mourning has been declared in the emirate, during which the flag shall fly at half mast, while local government departments will remain closed for one week from Friday, news agency WAM reported.

Special prayer for the dead will be performed on the remains of the late Sheikh on Saturday, soon after the "Asr" evening prayers at the Grand Mosque in Al-Ras, in Umm Al-Qaiwain, it was announced by the Umm Al-Qaiwain Emiri Court.

UAE president Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan has announced a week state of mourning while all ministries and other government departments and institutions will close for three days from Friday.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, ruler of Dubai, has announced that all celebrations scheduled for Saturday to mark the third anniversary of his accession have been cancelled as a mark of respect.

The wedding party of Sheikh Saeed bin Dalmouk Al Maktoum and the daughter of Dubai's ruler, scheduled for next Sunday, has also been postponed.

The late Sheikh Rashid was the 10th in the line of the rulers of Umm al-Quwain, which was established as a separate emirate in 1775.

He was born in around 1932 and was educated locally.

During the 1960s, he was appointed Crown Prince and Deputy Ruler, and took part in many of the meetings between the Rulers and Deputy Rulers leading up to the formation of the UAE federation in 1971.

He also represented the emirate in negotiations related to Umm al-Quwain's interests in the offshore Mubarak oilfield.

As Crown Prince and Deputy Ruler, he also supervised the work of the Umm al-Quwain Municipality and the local Chamber of Commerce.

He succeeded as ruler of Umm al-Quwain upon his father's death in Feb. 1981.

He is succeeded as ruler by his son, Sheikh Saud bin Rashid, formerly Crown Prince of Umm Al Quwain.

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