President Isaac Herzog is expected to pay a condolence call on behalf of Israel in Abu Dhabi on Sunday, following the death on Friday of Emirati President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
During his visit, which will last several hours, the Israeli president is expected to meet the incoming President of the Emirates, Sheikh Muhammed bin Zayed, and to personally express his condolences for the death of his brother, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed, on behalf of the State of Israel.
Herzog's office made a condolence statement on Friday, saying that Sheikh Khalifa, who died at age 73, "contributed so much to the advancement of the UAE and its people and to the growing partnership between our countries and is a great legacy for his successors."
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is also expected to pay his respects in the Emirates. Abbas declared a day of mourning in the Palestinian Authority in the wake of Sheikh Khalifa's death. At this time there is no meeting planned between him and Herzog.
At the same time, Emirati Ambassador to Israel Mohamed Al Khaja will open his home from Sunday until the end of the week to visitors who wish to pay respects.
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Khalifa bin Zayed, born in 1948, had rarely been seen in public since suffering a stroke in 2014 and his half-brother Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed, known as MBZ, has been the de facto ruler of the U.S.-allied UAE, an OPEC oil producer.
"The UAE has lost its righteous son and leader of the 'empowerment phase' and guardian of its blessed journey," the crown prince said on Twitter, praising Khalifa's wisdom and generosity.
The UAE began observing a 40-day mourning period with flags flown at half-mast as of Friday and suspend work at all public and private sector entities for three days, the ministry said.