Wednesday, March 31, 2010
The big news here is that Sheikh Ahmed bin Zayed al-Nahyan, the half-brother of the current ruler of the UAE (His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nahyan) and one of nineteen sons of the founder and former ruler of the UAE (His Highness Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan may his soul rest in peace) has been found dead in a plane crash in Morocco. (The photo here was not actually taken by me but rather accompanied this news story.) Like with other royalty that have passed in a light-aircraft accident while in their prime (John F. Kennedy Jr. comes to mind), a nation mourns. As a consequence, the flags of this country will be flown at half-mast for the next three days. And all the liquor stores are closed.