A look at the life and times of late Sheikh Rashid bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum...
The Dubai Ruler’s Court yesterday announced the death of Sheikh Rashid bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who succumbed to a heart attack.
Following the funeral prayer after Maghreb prayers at Zabeel Mosque yesterday, Sheikh Rashid was laid to rest at Umm Hurair cemetery, located at Al Fahidi area, in Bur Dubai.
Sheikh Rashid was the eldest son of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.
A three-day official mourning has been declared across the UAE following the death of Sheikh Rashid bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
Flags will remain at half-mast during the three-day mourning period.
Sheikh Rashid bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, was born in Dubai on November 12, 1981.
Sheikh Rashid received school education in Dubai, and graduated from the Rashid Private Secondary School, before moving to the prestigious Sandhurst Military Academy in the United Kingdom, from where he graduated in 2002.
Father, the Teacher
The late Sheikh Rashid learned from his father His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, the skills to take the right decision. His father planted in him the characteristics which should be of a leader.
Being close to his father had a great influence on the character of late Sheikh Rashid bin Mohammed.
Passion for Philanthrophy
Along with his official responsibilities, the humanitarian work held great interest for late Sheikh Rashid. He made many philanthropic contributions.
He was very keen on personal involvement in many activities and key humanitarian initiatives, notably the Dubai Cares initiative. He attached great importance to the noble objectives aimed at helping disadvantaged communities in the world to keep up with progress by providing educational opportunities for children.
World Sports Personality
Late Sheikh Rashid bin Mohammed had a key role in strengthening the sports world.
National Olympic Committe Chairman
He chaired the National Olympic Committee from 2008 to 2012.
Before that, he co-founded the Dubai Cultural Sports Club in Al Aweer where he chaired the club till he delivered it to his brother Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, head of the National Olympic Committee in February 2005.
The sports contributions of Sheikh Rashid were not only was not confined by his official posts in local sports, but extended to areas of global competition, where he participated in some of the significant competitions which raised the UAE flag high with a series of accomplishments.
Late Sheikh Rashid bin Mohammed had a passion for sports, especially in endurance races, where he mostly took part alongside his father, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and his brother Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
At the international level, Late Sheikh Rashid won many important victories and titles, most notably the Gold Medal of the endurance race in the Asian Games (December 2006) in addition to many local and regional and international championships. [Text from Al Bayan]
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