When the death of a member of a ruling family occurs, the UAE enters a mourning period.
The death of Sheikh Saeed bin Zayed, Representative of the Ruler of Abu Dhabi and brother of President Sheikh Mohamed, has led to three days of mourning.
The death of a UAE ruling family member is generally marked with a mourning period, which can last between three and 40 days.
Following the death of UAE Founding Father, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, in November 2004, and on the death of President Sheikh Khalifa in 2022, the official mourning period was 40 days.
Flags typically fly at half-mast during official periods of mourning. Work in ministries, departments, federal and local government organisations and the private sector is often suspended for three days.
The mourning period is intended as a mark of respect and life across the UAE takes on a more sombre tone.
Radio stations play classical music and state-owned TV stations typically follow suit. Most live entertainment is usually cancelled and official events are often postponed.