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Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 14 December 2018

Sheikh Saif takes son of serviceman killed in Yemen on helicopter ride

The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior shared a video of the flight on his Twitter account on Monday

Screen grab of a video shared by Sheikh Saif bin Zayed, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, on Twitter.
Screen grab of a video shared by Sheikh Saif bin Zayed, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, on Twitter.

The son of First Cpl Saeed Matar Al Kaabi, who died on Thursday while serving with the UAE Armed Forces, accompanied Sheikh Saif bin Zayed in his helicopter on Monday.

The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior visited the Al Kaabi family in Fujairah to offer his condolences when he spoke to Al Kaabi's son who told him he wished to be a fighter pilot one day.

That evening Sheikh Saif posted a video of himself and Al Kaabi's son in his helicopter.

"Today at the condolences for the martyr Saeed Matar Al Kaabi, his son, Matar, honoured me by joining me in the pilot's cabin," Sheikh Saif said on Twitter.

"He told me to pass on his regards to Bu Khalid (Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces)".

In the video, Sheikh Saif asks the boy where he would like to go, "No where far, to the sea and back" he said.

Al Kaabi was killed while performing his national duty as part of the Saudi-led coalition's Operation Restoring Hope in Yemen.

His body arrived on board a military aircraft of the armed forces, followed by a special military ceremony at the Al Bateen Executive airport, in the presence of several senior officers.

The General Headquarters earlier said it offered its “sympathy and deepest condolences” to the martyr’s family.