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04 March 2024

110-year old Emirati man lived on natural food

By Staff

An Emirati man died in Ras Al Khaimah after living nearly 110 years, during which he had three wives, eight children and 72 grandchildren.

Saeed Salim al Kalbani, a resident of Dakdaka, was taken to Khalifa Hospital in Abu Dhabi this week after falling ill but he died on Tuesday.

“He was around 110 years as his date of birth is recorded in his passport at 1903,” his eldest son, Ahmed, told the semi official daily Alittihad.

“My father had never suffered from diabetes, hypertension or any other modern diseases…he just fell ill this week and was transferred to hospital for treatment……but he died later…he had exercised walking for long distances and preferred walking on travelling by car…he had only natural food, including dates…he had always avoided ready meals and frozen food.”

Kalbani had memorized most of the Koran and had been Imam of the local mosque until four years before his death. He had performed Haj (pilgrimage) in Saudi Arabia eight times and Umra (mini pilgrimage) 15 times.

His son said Kalbani had accompanied late Ras Al Khaimah ruler Sheikh Saqr bin Mohammed al Qassimi to Haj in Makkah in 1956.