Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Oman, UAE, and Bahrain declare three days of mourning

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MUSCAT, Dec 16: The Sultanate of Oman has declared 3 days period of official mourning, ordering the lowering of flags and the suspension of work in both government and private sectors beginning today, Saturday. This somber decision follows the passing of the late Amir of Kuwait, His Highness Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah.

In an issued statement, the Royal Court conveyed Sultan Haitham bin Tariq’s deep emotions and sorrow upon learning of the demise of, His Highness Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah. The statement highlighted Sheikh Nawaf’s dedication to serving the Arab nations, furthering Islamic causes, and fostering the progress and prosperity of Kuwait.

The Sultan of Oman, in response, directed the official declaration of mourning and the lowering of flags to half-mast. This gesture symbolizes the Sultanate’s solidarity with the leadership, government, and people of Kuwait in their profound sorrow, offering condolences and expressing shared grief during this difficult time. The statement concluded with a reminder of patience, solace, and the acknowledgement that “to God we belong and to Him we shall return.”

UAE
UAE President Sheikh Mohammad bin Zayed Al Nahyan mourned the passing of the Amir of Kuwait Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah on Saturday. In a presidential statement, Sheikh Mohammad prayed to Allah Almighty to rest his soul in Paradise and to grant patience and solace to Al Sabah Family, the State of Kuwait, and its people. The UAE president announced that the UAE would observe a three-day state mourning with the flag flown at half-mast at all official departments, embassies, and UAE’s diplomatic missions outside the country, it said. For his part, the Vice-President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashed Al-Maktoum offered condolences over the death of the Amir of Kuwait. 

Qatar
Qatar has declared three days of mourning following the passing of the late Emir of the country, Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, who departed on Saturday. In a statement, the Amir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad, expressed profound sorrow at the loss of His Highness Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah. The Emir highlighted the departed leader’s wisdom, characterized by unwavering loyalty to his homeland, commitment to strengthening Gulf unity, and dedication to championing the central issues of the Arab and Islamic nations, as well as promoting security, stability, and peace in the region and beyond.

Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad prayed for God Almighty to bestow mercy and forgiveness upon the late Sheikh Nawaf, placing him in the spacious gardens alongside the righteous. The Emir also sought divine reward for the contributions made to his homeland and nation, while expressing wishes for patience and solace to the honourable ruling family and the brotherly Kuwaiti people. In response to the solemn occasion, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad has ordered the country to observe three days of mourning, during which flags will be flown at half-mast.

Saudi Arabia
Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz and Crown Prince and Prime Minister Prince Mohammad bin Salman offered condolences to the State of Kuwait and both Arab and Muslim nations over the passing away of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah. The Royal Court said in a statement that the Saudi King and Crown Prince received the news of the Amir’s death with great sadness and sorrow. The kingdom prayed to Allah the Almighty to bestow mercy upon the late Amir’s soul and to grant the people of Kuwait further patience. The Kuwaiti Amiri Diwan announced earlier on Saturday the passing away of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah

Bahrain
The King of Bahrain mourns the passing of His Highness the late Amir Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad bin Isa Al Khalifa. In response to this solemn occasion, the Kingdom of Bahrain has officially declared a period of mourning, accompanied by the lowering of flags to half-mast for three days, effective from Sunday.
The Royal Court of Bahrain, acting on the order of King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, released a statement conveying heartfelt condolences. The statement quoted verses from the Quran and expressed sorrow at the departure of the late Amir, highlighting his lifetime of dedication and achievements in serving his people, the Arab and Islamic nations, and supporting their causes. The late Emir was praised as a wise leader who devoted his life to the service of humanity.
The Kingdom of Bahrain, deeply affected by this loss, extends sincere condolences and sympathy to the honourable Al-Sabah royal family, the government, and the people of Kuwait. Prayers are offered to God Almighty for the deceased, seeking His mercy, and to grant him a place in spacious gardens. The statement also implores divine inspiration for the Al-Sabah family and the Kuwaiti people to find patience and solace during this difficult time.
As per the decree of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, the official mourning period and the lowering of flags at half-mast in Bahrain will span three days, starting from Sunday. The announcement concludes with the acknowledgement that “To God we belong, and to Him, we shall return.”

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