In the wake of United Arab Emirates President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan’s sudden demise, the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) has all set to postpone their 2022 IIFA Weekend & Awards, which was scheduled to be carried from May 18 to May 21. The event was supposed to occur on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, and has been shifted to mid-July.
The whole UAE nation is not in a good state and is in its mourning period and has also announced a 40-day mourning period.
In solidarity with the individual and Government of the United Arab Emirates and with the national mourning being followed, the 22nd edition of the IIFA Weekend and Awards to be held on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, from the 19th to 21st of May 2022 has been delayed,” a statement read.
According to International Indian Film Academy (IIFA), the award ceremony will now take place from July 14 to July 16, 2022. “IIFA expresses their apologies to all their fans and ticketholder as well as promises a greater, more thrilling celebration of the India-UAE friendship at a later date, “the further statement reads.
The 2022 edition of the IIFA is all set to be hosted by Bollywood King Salman Khan’, along with Ritesh Deshmukh and Maniesh Paul.
According to Salman Khan, this latest edition of IIFA would be a grand celebration at one of my favourite destinations. It will be even bigger than before as we celebrate the 75th year of India’s independence and UAE’s golden jubilee celebrations.
The official Twitter handle of IIFA also grieved the sudden demise of the President of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). “With the sad news of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of UAE, demise, we share our deepest condolences with his family, friends and the people of UAE. May God have compassion on him and grant him lasting peace.”
With the sad news of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of UAE passing away we share our deepest condolences with his family and the people of UAE. May God have mercy on him and grant him eternal peace. pic.twitter.com/tnd5JSBF6m
— IIFA (@IIFA) May 14, 2022