News has broken today of Sheikha Hessa bint Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Nahyan's passing. Sheikha Hessa was the mother of Sheikh Khalifa, President of the UAE, and the first wife of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan, the UAE's founding President. She was also the great granddaugher of Sheikh Zayed bin Khalifa. 

Tributes to His Highness and his late mother have poured in on social media from fellow government officials and royals, including Sheikh Mohammed and Princess Haya of Jordan.

The Ministry of Presidential Affairs issued a statement today that read, "In the name of Allah, the Merciful, the Compassionate. His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the President of the UAE, mourns the death of Her Highness the late Sheikha Hessa bint Mohammed Al Nahyan who passed away today." 

The Ministry also announced a three-day mourning period beginning from today.

Our thoughts and condolences are with Sheikh Khalifa and his family at this time.