Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid: A life in pictures
Published on March 24, 2021 at 10.07
The Deputy Ruler of Dubai and Minister of Finance passed away on Wednesday.
On Wednesday, Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and Minister of Finance, passed away.
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.
He had been holding the position of Minister of Finance since the very first Cabinet of the UAE was formed on December 9, 1971.
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.
He had played an indispensable role in developing financial policies and government spending.
Pictured: With Queen Elizabeth in 1979
Sheikh Mohammed on Wednesday paid tribute to Sheikh Hamdan on Wednesday, calling him his "support".
In a post on Twitter, Sheikh Mohammed wrote: “We belong to God and to Him we shall return."
"May God have mercy on you, my brother, my support and my companion,” he added.
Earlier this month, the Dubai Ruler had also taken to Twitter to pray for the speedy recovery of his brother.
"My brother and my friend, may Allah heal you, may Allah protect you, may Allah bless you," he had said.
The Deputy Ruler of Dubai had returned to Dubai in September last year after a surgery abroad.
Sheikh Hamdan was very well known for his love for horses.
His affinity for horses began when he travelled to England for further studies.
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.
Some of the top horses have, over the years, brought pride and glory in the famous blue and white silks of Sheikh Hamdan.