Tributes: Sheikh Rashid bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum died on Saturday
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 [Sept 19] 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.
Flags at government departments and institutions flying at half mast as a mark of respect. '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. There will be prayers at Zabeel mosque on Saturday evening and he will then be buried in Umm Harir cemetery in Bur Dubai.
'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.
Close: Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashed Al Maktoum (right) hugging his son Sheikh Rashed bin Mohammed al Makhtoum, after an equestrian endurance competition in 2006. The 33-year-old (left) died this morning
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. A keen sportsman, he also won two gold medals riding in endurance races at the Asian Olympics in 2006.
|Sports fan: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland is presented with the trophy by His Highness Sheikh Mansoor Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum after the final round of the Dubai Desert Classic earlier this year. Three days of mourning have been announced after his death at 33|
- Daily Mail