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Sheikh Mohammed on his 70th birthday.

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Birthday video shows Sheikh Mohammed showered with hugs

 

DUBAI – It was a happy 70th birthday for the Ruler of Dubai, who celebrated his special day on Monday with hugs and greetings from children and relatives.

Dressed in red, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, was seen surrounded by ten children as he arrived in his Mercedes G63 at an undisclosed location.

A video of the heartwarming scene was shared by Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, on his Instagram account.

Sheikh Mohammed was born on July 15, 1949 at the Al Maktoum house in Al Shindagha, Dubai. His parents are Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoum and Sheikha Latifa bint Hamdan Al Nahyan, daughter of Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, former ruler of Abu Dhabi.

Sheikh Mohammed is the third of Sheikh Rashid’s four sons. His brothers are Sheikh Maktoum, Sheikh Hamdan and Sheikh Ahmed.

It is believed that Sheikh Mohammed learned lessons in governance through his grand father, the late Sheikh Saeed, who held daily meetings near the entrance of their Shindagha home.

Sheikh Mohammed was educated in Al Ahmadiya School in Deira in 1955, He also studied in Bell School of Languages in Cambridge, UK in 1966, and attended the Mons Officer Cadet School-Aldershot (currently the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst) where he received the highest mark of any foreign and commonwealth officer cadet.

He returned to Dubai in 1968 and was appointed as head of Dubai Police and Public Security. He was appointed as Minister of Defence in 1971, becoming the youngest in the world to hold such position.

In 1995, he was appointed Crown Prince of Dubai by then Dubai Ruler Sheikh Maktoum Bin Rashid Al Maktoum. Upon Sheikh Maktoum’s death, Sheikh Mohammed became ruler of Dubai on January 4, 2006. ICA/Expat Media

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