The United Arab Emirates President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al-Nahyan passed away at the age of 73, as reported by several news agencies. Sheikh Khalifa had been UAE’s President since 2004, however, he held the position ceremonially since 2014, and his brother, Mohamed bin Zayed al-Nahyan, who had seen most of the state affairs, will now assume the entire control.
Expressing his condolences upon the demise of Sheikh Khalifa, F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali said: “I am saddened to hear the news that UAE President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan has passed away. Our thoughts are with his family and the people of UAE at this sad time.”
UAE is the collective of the seven emirates, which were ruled by the late President and were under his presidency. His family, the al-Nahyan, is estimated to be worth nearly $150 billion.
Abu Dhabi GP over the years
Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, started to host the F1 races from the 2009 season. And since then it has been held each year and is under contract to be held at the Yas Marina Circuit at least until 2030. The GP has also hosted the final round of each season since 2014 and has witnessed great finales.
The 2021 Abu Dhabi GP has probably been one of the most exciting races on the track and also one of the most controversial one. At the end of the race, Max Verstappen won his first world championship, and in the investigation that followed, Michael Masi was axed from his role as the race director.
In 2022, the city will host the final and the 22nd round of the calendar. This year it will be hosted from 18-20 November, nearly a month before than it did in 2021.