Middle East leaders pay tribute to HM Queen Elizabeth

The UAE, Saudi Arabia and leaders across the region have shared their condolences.

Leaders of the Middle East have paid tribute to HM Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom and Head of the Commonwealth. Following Her Majesty’s death on 8 September, the United Kingdom has entered a state of mourning. To honour the country’s longest-serving monarch, leaders across the region from the UAE to Saudi Arabia have shared their condolences. 

H.H Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Vice President of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai stated: “We join the world in mourning the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, a global icon who represented the finest qualities of her nation and people. Her incredible lifetime of service and duty to the United Kingdom is unparalleled in our modern world.”

UAE President H.H Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan added: “I extend my sincere condolences to the family of Queen Elizabeth II and the people of the UK. Her Majesty was a close friend of the UAE and a beloved and respected leader whose long reign was characterised by dignity, compassion and a tireless commitment to serving her country.”

H.H Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai shared on social media: “Queen of love, wisdom and humanity. The world will miss you.”

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz and the Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman sent their condolences. King Salman bin Abdulaziz stated: “Her Majesty was a role model for leadership that will be immortalized in history. We recall with appreciation her efforts in strengthening the relations and friendship between our two countries, as well as the high international status that Her Majesty enjoyed throughout her reign.”

Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman added: “I am saddened by the news of the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II who devoted her life in the service of her country. Her Majesty was an example of wisdom, love and peace, and the world remembers today the great impact she had throughout her reign.” 

Plus, the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia shared: “The Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia, on behalf of the people of KSA, wishes to express its deepest condolences to the Royal Family and the people of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth on the passing of Her Majesty The Queen. Her Majesty was a long and steadfast friend to KSA, and she will long be remembered for her endless service to her country and her people. May she rest in peace.”

Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa shared: “The world has lost a great source of inspiration and strength whose wisdom and humanity will be missed by all.” Bahrain’s flags are flying at half-mast for three days to mourn The Queen’s death. 

Oman’s Sultan Haitham bin Tarik shared “The late Queen was a permanent friend of the Sultanate of Oman and contributed to strengthening the close bilateral relations between the two countries.” He has ordered for flags to fly at half-mast on 9 September in public as well as private sector buildings and across Oman’s embassies.  

Qatar’s Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani stated: “Sincere condolences to the British royal family and its friendly people on the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, whose passing the world lost a great human symbol. During her busy career, she was a source of inspiration and nobility, and solid and constructive relations with Qatar that strengthened the bonds of friendship and partnership between our two peoples.”

Jordan’s King Abdullah II stated: “Jordan mourns the passing of an iconic leader. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was a beacon of wisdom and principled leadership for seven decades. She was a partner for Jordan and a dear family friend. We stand with the people and leadership of the UK at this difficult time.”

Kuwait’s Emir Sheikh Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah shared: “The whole world had lost with her death a great leader who was wise, experienced and far-sighted.” Kuwait’s flags will be flown at half-mast for three days to mourn The Queen’s death.

The Queen is succeeded by her son Charles, who will be known as King Charles III.

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