Prince Of Dubai Dies
Published: September 20, 2015
Prince Of Dubai Dies, A three-day mourning period has been announced in the UAE after the son of Dubai’s ruler died of a heart attack.
Sheikh Rashid bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who graduated from Sandhurst in 2002, died on Saturday morning.
The 33-year-old was the eldest son of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who is the ruler of Dubai and also the Vice-President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates.
Hundreds of relatives and officials gathered inside the Zabeel mosque in Dubai to pay their respects to the ruler’s son.
His coffin, wrapped in the Emirati flag, was carried in by several of his brothers.
Prayers were said for the late Sheikh Rashid bin Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum and his family.
His body will be buried in Umm Harir cemetery in Bur Dubai.
‘Today, I lost a best friend and a childhood companion, my dear brother Rashid,’ said his brother Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed, Crown Prince of Dubai. ‘You will be missed.’
President Sheikh Khalifa expressed condolences to Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid and the Al Maktoum family.
Flags at government departments and institutions flying at half mast as a mark of respect.
‘God bless the deceased young man … We belong to Allah and to Him we shall return,’ the Court of the Ruler of Dubai said.
Work at Dubai government entities is continuing as usual, according to the Dubai Media Office.
Dubai’s Knowledge and Human Development Authority, which regulates the emirate’s private schools, has said schools will remain open.
Sheikh Rashid was known for his love of horses and was a keen football fan, supporting Manchester United.
A talented sportsman, he also won two gold medals riding in endurance races at the Asian Olympics in 2006.
He spent considerable time working with Dubai Cares, a philanthropic organisation which aims to help provide primary education to all children around the world.
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