Images show rarely seen UAE ruler greet sheikhs for Ramadan

In this Wednesday, May 8, 2019, photo released by the Emirates News Agency, WAM, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the president of the United Arab Emirates and ruler of Abu Dhabi, sits at Al Bateen Palace in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. State media in the United Arab Emirates published images early Thursday of the country's rarely seen president greeting other ruling sheikhs for Ramadan. (Rashed al-Mansoori/Ministry of Presidential Affairs via AP)
In this Wednesday, May 8, 2019, photo released by the Emirates News Agency, WAM, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the president of the United Arab Emirates and ruler of Abu Dhabi, right, is greeted by Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the crown prince of Abu Dhabi, center, as Sheikh Humaid bin Rashid Al Nuaimi, the ruler of Ajman, left, looks on at Al Bateen Palace in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. State media in the United Arab Emirates published images early Thursday of the country's rarely seen president greeting other ruling sheikhs for Ramadan. (Rashed al-Mansoori/Ministry of Presidential Affairs via AP)

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — State media in the United Arab Emirates has published images of the country's rarely seen president greeting other ruling sheikhs for Ramadan.

The state-run WAM news agency early Thursday published images of Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan at Al Bateen Palace in Abu Dhabi.

In the images, the 71-year-old Sheikh Khalifa wears white sneakers under his traditional robes.

He is greeted by Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the powerful crown prince of Abu Dhabi who analysts believe runs day-to-day affairs in the UAE.

Sheikh Khalifa became the UAE's president in 2004. He is also the ruler of Abu Dhabi, the oil-rich capital of the UAE's seven sheikhdoms.

Sheikh Khalifa suffered a stroke on Jan. 24, 2014, and underwent emergency surgery. He has rarely been seen in public since.

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