Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum biography
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 in 1966, 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 Dubai skyscraper, the Dubai World Cup and the Godolphin Staples. He has 16 children.
Prime Minister and Vice President of the United Arab Emirates, Ruler of Dubai. Born in 1949, Sheikh Mohammed is 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 1966.
In 1995, Sheikh Mohammed was appointed 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 Dubai skyscraper, the Dubai World Cup and the Godolphin Stables. 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.
Known to be avid horse and camel racing enthusiasts, Al Maktoum and his brother Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum were sued in September 2006 for the enslavement of 30,000 boys for use as jockeys for camel racing. The suit was filed in Miami because the defendants own property in Florida. In late September, the UAE sent all the child jockeys back home to such countries as Afghanistan, Pakistan and Sudan.
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.