Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Born on July 15, 1949, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum became prime minister and vice president of the United Arab Emirates in 2006. He attended the Bell School of Languages and was appointed Crown Prince of Dubai in 1995. In his mission to help transform Dubai into a lush and desired business location, he helped develop the Palm Islands, the Burj Al-Arab hotel, the Burj Khalifa skyscraper, the Dubai World Cup and the Godolphin Stables. He has 16 children.
The eventual prime minister and vice president of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed was born in 1949, the third of four sons. He was privately tutored before beginning his formal education, eventually attending the Bell School of Languages at Cambridge University.
In 1995, Sheikh Mohammed became crown prince of Dubai, with a chief objective of overseeing the transformation of this small patch of desert into the world's most luxurious resort and business destination. To that end, he helped develop the Palm Islands, the Burj al-Arab hotel, the Burj Khalifa skyscraper, the Dubai World Cup and the Godolphin Stables.
A well-known poet himself, Sheikh Mohammed has always been deeply interested in poetry, especially of the Nabati style, which is native to the region. He also has a love of hunting, shooting and camel and horse racing. And with a personal net worth of over $4 billion, Sheikh Mohammed is also know for his charitable contributions, giving to such causes as literacy and cultural outreach.
After the death of his elder brother in 2006, Sheikh Mohammed was named ruler of Dubai and prime minister and vice president of the UAE.
Sheikh Mohammed, known to many expats as Sheikh Mo, married his senior wife, Sheikha Hind bint Maktoum bin Juma Al Maktoum, in 1979. His junior wife is Princess Haya bint Al-Hussein, daughter of Hussein of Jordan. Sheikh Mohammed has 16 children.
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