The UAE's official mourning period explained

Royal deaths are typically marked with around three days of mourning

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The death of a member of the UAE's royal families are typically marked with a mourning period. These can range from three days to up to 40 days.

The country implements this period as a mark of respect and life across the Emirates takes on a more sombre tone.

During official mourning, flags fly half-mast and radio stations will play classical music for the duration. State-owned television stations typically follow suit.

Most live entertainment, including radio broadcasts, are also cancelled.

In the past during official periods of mourning, federal ministries and government departments were closed, though this has declined in recent years and schools have typically remained open.

Following the death of Sheikh Zayed in November 2004, the official mourning period was set at 40 days, in line with the teachings of Islam.

Government departments and schools closed for eight days and the private sector shut for three.

Being the Founding Father of the UAE, his death affected the entire country.


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