Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum is the Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates. He is also the ruler of the Emirate of Dubai. Since his accession in 2006, he has undertaken reforms in the UAE’s government, starting with the UAE Federal Government Strategy in April 2007.
About Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum in brief
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum is the Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates. He is also the ruler of the Emirate of Dubai. Since his accession in 2006, he has undertaken reforms in the UAE’s government, starting with the UAE Federal Government Strategy in April 2007. He has overseen the development of numerous projects in Dubai including the creation of a technology park and a free economic zone. He also drove the construction of Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world. A British court ruled that on the balance of probabilities, he had abducted two of his daughters and had threatened his former wife, Princess Haya. In 2012, he rode the horse Madji Du Pont 160 km to take the FEI World Endurance Championship. His mother was Sheikha Latifa bint Hamdan Al Nahyan, daughter of Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed bin Khalifa al Nahyan. His father was Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Mak toum, who was ruler of Abu Dhabi. His brother is Sheikh Mohammed’s elder brother Maktow bin Rashoum bin Rashd Al MakToum. Sheikh Mohammed is a Nabati poet in his native Arabic, and is also a keen equestrian. He founded the Godolphin stable and is the owner of Darley, a thoroughbred breeding operation with operations in six countries. In 1973, Sheikh Mohammed was involved in protracted negotiations with the hijackers of JAL 404, which landed in Dubai after being hijacked by Japanese Red Army member Osamu Maruouka.
He was more successful in obtaining the release of the hostages, who later handed over their hostages in return for safe passage. In 2001, he ordered the arrest of Saqr bin Sultan Al Qasimi, who had led an insurrectionist coup against the ruler, Khalid bin Mohammed AlQasimi. In January 1995, he signed two decrees that appointed him Crown Prince of Dubai, at the time being appointed by his brother. He served as the first Minister of Defence, a position held since 9 December 1971, and was also appointed as the crown prince of Dubai in 1995. In 2002, he was appointed the head of the Dubai Police Force and the Dubai Defence Force, which was later to become part of the Union Defence Force. In 2007, he became the first Prime Minister to be a member of Dubai Holding, a company with multi-diversified businesses and investments. In 2011, he led the launch of Dubai Internet City, Dubai Media City, the Dubai International Finance Centre, the Palm Islands and the Burj Al Arab hotel, and the Jumeirah Group. In 2013, he founded Dubai Holding’s Dubai Holding subsidiary, Dubai Holding Middle East, which includes Dubai Airline, DP World, and Dubai International Media City. In 2014, he joined the board of directors of The Dubai Foundation, a philanthropic foundation that supports young people in Dubai and the Middle East.