Sheikh Rashid bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, a son of Dubai’s ruler and elder brother to the emirate’s heir apparent, has died at the age of 33.
Sheikh Rashid was the first son of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and his senior wife, Sheikha Hind bint Maktoum bin Juma Al Maktoum. In addition to his role as Dubai ruler, Sheikh Mohammed is vice president and prime minister of the UAE.
Sheikh Rashid was an avid sportsman and horse racing enthusiast. His younger brother Sheikh Hamdan is Dubai’s crown prince.
The late Shaikh Rashid bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, a true horseman.
He was a gold medallist in the endurance championship at the Asian Games in Doha in 2006 at the individual level, and also a member of the team which clinched the overall gold.
He won more honours and trophies in big equestrian events including titles at the Lutzenberg ride over 130 km; the Endurance Challenge in Switzerland in 1998, the Italian 160km Endurance Championship in 2000; and the Bazilio 102 km Endurance Championship in Spain the same year.
As the owner of Zabeel Racing International, Shaikh Rashid had led the individual owners list an unprecedented five times with over 428 wins to date. Shaikh Rashid was also a big soccer fan, one of his favourite clubs being Manchester United, among others.
The commercial hub of Dubai is one of seven sheikhdoms that comprise the Emirates federation. The ruler’s court has declared three days of mourning.
The United Arab Emirates’ state news agency WAM said he died of a heart attack.
The late Shaikh Rashid bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has been laid to rest at the Umm Hurair cemetery in Al Fahidi area, Bur Dubai, after a grand funeral procession. Funeral prayers were offered after Maghrib (sunset) prayers at Zabeel Mosque.