Ruler of UAE emirate Umm al-Quwain dies
The elderly ruler of Umm al-Quwain, the smallest of the seven emirates comprising the United Arab Emirates, has died, the state news agency WAM reported on Friday.
UAE President Sheikh Khalifah bin Zayed al-Nahayan has ordered a week of national mourning and all government institutions to close for three days starting from Friday, WAM said.
The UAE's two most powerful emirates are Abu Dhabi, home to over 90 percent of the country's oil and the major contributor to the federal budget, and Dubai, the Gulf's tourism hub.
Reuters Last Mod: 02 Ocak 2009, 18:26