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Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid: A life in pictures

Team KT

Published on March 24, 2021 at 13.24

The Deputy Ruler of Dubai and Minister of Finance passed away on Wednesday.

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On Wednesday, Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and Minister of Finance, passed away.
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Sheikh Hamdan was the brother of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.
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He had been holding the position of ‎Minister of Finance since the very first Cabinet of the UAE was formed on December 9, 1971.
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Sheikh Hamdan used to preside over several high-level government entities that played a ‎vital role in supporting the economy and labour market in the UAE.
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He had played an indispensable role in developing financial policies and government ‎spending.
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Pictured: With the UAE's founding father, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan
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Pictured: With Queen Elizabeth in 1979
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Pictured: With former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat
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Pictured: With former Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi
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Pictured: With former President of Pakistan Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq
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Pictured: With Jimmy Carter, former President of the United States
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Sheikh Mohammed on Wednesday paid tribute to Sheikh Hamdan on Wednesday, calling him his "support".
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In a post on Twitter, Sheikh Mohammed wrote: “We belong to God and to Him we shall return."
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"May God have mercy on you, my brother, my support and my companion,” he added.
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Earlier this month, the Dubai Ruler had also taken to Twitter to pray for the speedy recovery of his brother.
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"My brother and my friend, may Allah heal you, may Allah protect you, may Allah bless you," he had said.
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The Deputy Ruler of Dubai had returned to Dubai in September last year after a surgery abroad.
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Sheikh Hamdan was very well known for his love for horses.
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His affinity for horses began when he travelled to England for further studies.
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With Great Britain being the hotbed of top class thoroughbred racing, Sheikh Hamdan developed a keen interest and that love affair translated into him establishing his first racing stable in the UK in the 1980s.
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Some of the top horses have, over the years, brought pride and glory in the famous blue and white silks of Sheikh Hamdan.
 
 
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