Dubai: Sheikh Hamdan announces birth of third child

On May 21, 2021, the emirate's Crown Prince welcomed his twins, a son named Rashid and a daughter named Shaikha

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Nasreen Abdulla

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Published: Sat 25 Feb 2023, 6:38 PM

Last updated: Sun 26 Feb 2023, 8:55 AM

The Dubai Crown Prince on Saturday surprised his millions of social media followers with the announcement of the birth of his third child.

Taking to Instagram, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum posted a story with a drawing of a baby's feet on top of two hands.

"Mohammed bin Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum," read the name on top, with a scribble of a heart.

“It’s a boy,” he captioned his story post.

The same photo was also shared by his wife Sheikha Sheikha bint Saeed bin Thani Al Maktoum on her Instagram stories.

Congratulatory messages poured in for the couple from several members of the royal family including Sheikh Hamdan’s siblings Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance of the UAE; Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, chairperson of Dubai Culture and member of Dubai Council; Sheikha Manal; and Sheikha Sheikha, as well as his constant companion Uncle Saeed.

Baby Mohammed is Sheikh Hamdan’s youngest child after twins Sheikha and Rashid, who were born on May 20, 2021. At that time, Sheikh Hamdan had also taken to Instagram to announce the happy news. On their first birthday, he had shared a photo of him holding the twins with the caption: "Feels like just yesterday this picture was taken. It's been one year today. Happy birthday Rashid & Shaikha and to all the children of the world."

Since then, the doting father has regularly posted photos of him enjoying various activities with the toddlers, although rarely revealing their faces.

In August last year, he had posted a photo of the twins with him and his father His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

He has also posted photos of him enjoying camel racing, kite flying and falconry with the twins. In January this year, he had posted several photos of him enjoying skiing activities with the children during a holiday in France’s Courchevel.

It was in 2019 that Sheikh Hamdan married Sheikha Sheikha bint Saeed bin Thani Al Maktoum in a private ceremony that also saw the wedding of two of his brothers. The event, which was accompanied by traditional dance, was attended by several UAE leaders.

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