Remembering Sheikh Rashid: The man credited with transforming Dubai into a world-class metropolis
Published on October 7, 2020 at 19.00
Emotional tributes are pouring in for the late Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum on his 30th death anniversary.- File photos
The beloved leader's son, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, took to social media to post a heartfelt poem.
Sheikh Mohammed recalled the late Dubai Ruler as a "man of few words and lot of thinking". Sheikh Rashid's day began before that of his people, "he loved Dubai and was faithful to the Union", Sheikh Mohammed wrote.
He grew up in Al Shindagha and was raised by his father Sheikh Saeed bin Maktoum Al Maktoum, who was known for his piety, wisdom, patience and prudence. His mother was Sheikha Hessa bint Al Mur bin Hureiz Al Falasi. She enjoyed a special place in the hearts of Dubai people, as she was known to be resolute, strong-willed and ambitious.
Known as the father of Dubai and architect of a modern city, Sheikh Rashid ruled Dubai from 1958 until his death in 1990. He played a pivotal role along with late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, in the UAE's union in 1971.
Known for his far-sightedness and statesmanship, he was credited with transforming Dubai into a world-class metropolis by opening the Dubai International Airport in 1960; Port Rashid in 1972; Dubai World Trade Centre in 1978; and Jebel Ali Port in 1979.
The Dubai Creek was also built during his rule - Sheikh Rashid had it broadened and deepened, as its shallow water posed a threat to navigation and made it hard for large vessels to enter.
Sheikh Mohammed changed his Twitter profile photo to that of his father, a gesture replicated by Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai; Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai; Sheikh Mansoor bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Dubai Sports Council; and Sheikha Manal bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, President of the UAE Gender Balance Council.
They all posted tributes to the late Sheikh Rashid on their Twitter accounts, which included videos of the leader inaugurating groundbreaking projects in Dubai.