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Moroccan Rescue Workers Search for Abu Dhabi Prince after Glider Crash

Rescue workers in Morocco are searching for one of the world's richest men, who is feared dead after his glider crashed south of Rabat.

Sheikh Ahmed bin Zayed al Nahyan's glider crashed about 35 kilometers south of the Moroccan capital, near the coastal town of Skhirat.  It went down late Friday in an artificial lake created by the Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdallah Dam, near one of Morocco's royal palaces.

Morocco's state-run news agency says the pilot of the glider was rescued and is in good condition, but a search for the Abu Dhabi prince continues.  The crash site has been closed to reporters.

Sheikh Ahmed, 41, is the chairman of the Zayed Foundation for Charity and Humanitarian Works and managing director of the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, which is thought to be the world's largest sovereign wealth fund with investments in residential property and Britain's Gatwick airport.

He is the younger brother of Abu Dhabi and United Arab Emirate's ruler Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and last year was number 27 on Forbes magazine's list of the world's most powerful people.  He is current an undersecretary at the Ministry of Finance and Industry and was previously Interior Minister of the UAE.

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