Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed was the President of the United Arab Emirates, the Emir of Abu Dhabi, and the supreme commander of the United Arab Emirates Armed Forces from 2004 to 2022.
He succeeded his father as the emir of Abu Dhabi on 2 November 2004 and the presidency of the United Arab Emirates the following day.
During his reign, he was deemed one of the richest monarchs in the world. He controlled 97.8 billion barrels of oil reserves and was chairman of the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority
On 4 January 2010, the world's tallest man-made structure, originally known as Burj Dubai, was renamed the Burj Khalifa in his honor
In 2018, Forbes named Khalifa in its list of the world’s most powerful people
Sheikh Khalifa died on 13th May 2022 at the age of 73.The Ministry of Presidential Affairs announced a 40-day national mourning with flags at half staff along with a three-day suspension of work in private firms