At the funeral of Sheikh Khalid Bin Sultan Bin Mohamed Al Qasimi in Sharjah on July 3, 2019.
PHOTO BY WAM
DUBAI – Sharjah mourned the death of Sheikh Khalid Bin Sultan Bin Mohamed Al Qasimi, the son of the Sharjah ruler, who was buried in the emirate on Wednesday (July 3).
Sheikh Khalid died in London on Monday (July 1). He was 39. Details about his death have not yet been revealed.
Sharjah has declared a three-day mourning period beginning on Wednesday, with flags to be flown at half-mast.
In a statement, the Ruler’s Court expressed its deepest condolences to His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah, the family of the deceased and members of the Al Qasimi family.
Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, attended the funeral prayer along with hundreds of mourners at King Faisal Mosque in Sharjah on Wednesday.
This was followed by the burial in Jubail Cemetery, attended by rulers of emirates, top officials and well-wishers.
The Al Qasimi family will be accepting condolences at Al Badee Palace after Al Asr prayer on Wednesday for three days.
Sheikh Khalid was the crown prince of Sharjah and the second son of the ruler. Also a fashion designer, he founded the fashion brand Qasimi, where he also served as creative director.
His collections have been shown in London Fashion Week and Paris Fashion Week. Sheikh Khalid studied architecture and fashion design at Central Saint Martins in London.
A statement from the brand, posted on its website, said that: “Khalid was praised for his tenacious yet sensitive exploration of social-political issues, particularly those pertaining to the Middle East and its sometimes strained relationship with the West, a subject very close to his heart and upbringing.
“The design world has lost a great philosopher and artist”.
A statement from the the UAE’s Ministry of Presidential Affairs said: “President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan mourns with grief and sorrow, the death of Sheikh Khalid Bin Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, the son of the Ruler of Sharjah, praying to Allah the Almighty to rest his soul in peace, and grant his family patience and solace.”
Photographer Mariano Vivanco was among those who paid tribute to Sheikh Khalid, calling him “my angel”.
Vogue Arabia features director, Caterina Minthe, shared a heartwarming story of Sheikh Khalid’s humble side. Posted alongside an image of the royal, she wrote:
““Can you drop the Sheikh?” “Yes, Sheikh, I can,” I answered. You laughed. You thanked me. I thanked you. As perfect an ending to any conversation. But never, ever could I have imagined in my worst nightmares that it would be our last.
“Today, a nation lowers its flag to half mast to mourn the young man — architect and designer — we lost, His Highness Sheikh Khalid Al Qasimi. My deepest condolences to your family.”
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