The brother of the President of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Sheikh Ahmed bin Zayed al-Nahayan was missing last night after a glider crash in a lake in Morocco. Sheikh Ahmed bin Zayed al-Nahayan is the managing director of the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority as he is classified on the top of oil body in Abu Dhabi. The search for Sheikh Ahmed, who is 40 years old, is still continuing while the pilot has been rescued safely from the crash and he is in a good shape, reported the UAE news agency WAM yesterday.
The reports coming out of Morocco are still sketchy but we are following the rescue attempts and will bring you full coverage of how things unfold.
Update: The search for the UAE Presidents’ brother Sheikh Ahmed bin Zayed al-Nahayan is still on, after the UAE Interior Minister, Sayf bin Zayed al-Nahayan, arrived to Morocco with a highly developed search team. The UAE asked France for cooperation to look for the missing Sheikh Ahmed. The action that might be interpreted as Morocco’s lack of developed search techniques and strategies.
Till now, the causes of the glider crash are unknown. But there is a possibility for the primary results to be revealed very soon after the pilot, who is Spanish, will give his statements to the authorities. The glider was crashed yesterday in Sidi Mouhamed Ben Abdellah’s barrage near Rabat. Knowing that Morocco has witnessed lately very heavy rains and that water supply has been increased, the chances to find Sheikh Ahmed alive can be very rare, if not impossible. For the record, Sheikh Ahmed’s bother, Sheikh Nacer, died two years ago after another plane crash.
New Update 30/03/12:
After four days of extensive searching for Sheikh Ahmed bin Zayed al-Nahayan, his body has been found in a dam near Rabat where his glider was crashed, Morocco confirms todsay. Assumedly, the body was taken to Al Nahyan royal palace near the lake where Sheikh Ahmed usually spent his spring holiday. Later, the body will be sent to Rabat for administrative formalities before he will be sent to Abu Dhabi for funeral that will take place tomorrow, said the Emirates News Agency (WAM). The Ministry of Presidential Affairs has declared three days of mourning in which the flags will be flown half starting from Wednesday. The Abu Dhabi TV channels also announced the mourning and stopped broadcasting.
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