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Conor McGregor mourns passing of UAE president Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan - "His legacy is historic"

Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan (left) and Conor McGregor (right) [Left image courtesy @khaleejtimes via Twitter]
Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan (left) and Conor McGregor (right) [Left image courtesy @khaleejtimes via Twitter]
Anurag Mitra

Conor McGregor has reacted to the unfortunate demise of Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

The former two-division UFC champion took to Twitter to mourn the passing of the president of the United Arab Emirates:

"I am mourning with the people of the UAE at the passing of Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed. His legacy is historic."
I am mourning with the people of the UAE at the passing of Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed πŸ™His legacy is historic. https://t.co/dPSJqi5RN4

Al Nahyan passed away on May 13. He was 73 years old at the time and had allegedly been battling a severe illness for a considerable amount of time. In an official statement confirming the demise of the UAE president, Emirati state news agency WAM stated the following:

"The Ministry of Presidential Affairs has mourned to the UAE people, Arab and Islamic nations and the world the death of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, who has passed away on Friday, 13th May, 2022, wishing Allah Almighty to grant him eternal peace and the UAE people patience and solace."

Al Nahyan became president of the UAE in 2004 and remained in office until his death on May 13, 2022. Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world with a height of 2,722 ft., is named after him.


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Edited by Aziel Karthak

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