Ras Al Khaimah ruler dies

Sheikh Saqr al Qasimi was believed to be the world's longest serving ruler

The ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, the UAE's fourth largest emirate, has died after being ill for several months, the state news agency WAM said on Wednesday.

His Highness Sheikh Saqr al Qasimi, believed to be in his 90s, ruled Ras Al Khaimah for more than 60 years. The Sheikh was believed to be the world's longest serving ruler, after taking office in 1948.

His son, His Highness Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, was appointed Crown Prince and Deputy Ruler in June 2003.

Official mourning has been declared with effect from Wednesday for a week, through which flags will be flown at half mast.

Find out more on www.arabianbusiness.com.

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