Morocco: Body of UAE president's brother found

Published March 30th, 2010 - 01:06 GMT

Moroccan authorities said Monday they have found the body of the managing director of Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, or Adia, who went missing after a glider crashed into a lake near its capital Rabat on Friday, Alarabia TV reported. The search for Sheikh Ahmed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, a younger brother of Abu Dhabi's ruler who is also the president of the United Arab Emirates, was helped by experts from the Gulf country, France, and a specialised team from Spain's interior ministry, Morocco's news agency MAP said earlier.


The aircraft of Sheikh Ahmed crashed near the Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdullah Dam, which forms the lake. It is located near the Atlantic coastal town of Skhirat, some 35 kilometers south of Rabat.


The UAE government said earlier Sunday international search efforts are ongoing for Sheikh Ahmed, the son of Sheikh Zayed, the Gulf country's first president, who is widely regarded as its founding father. But "the nature of the terrain is making the survey and tracking effort especially challenging," the Gulf state government said in a statement, according to official WAM news agency.


Born in 1968, Sheikh Ahmed was last year ranked No. 27 on Forbes list of the world's most powerful people.


He has been described as hands-on at ADIA, one of the world's largest and most secretive investors.


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