Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum is the Prime minister and Vice president of UAE. He is also the king/ruler of the Emirates of Dubai. Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid is the man responsible for the advancement and transformation of Dubai into an iconic global city. He has overseen and taken part in the launch of various large scale projects in Dubai. Some of these projects include Emirates Airline, Palm Islands, Burj Al Arab Hotel, and Burj Al Khalifa. Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid was elected vice president of UAE in January 2006 after the death of his brother and from then began the start of Dubai’s rapid transformation into a global city.
Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid was born in 1949 and raised in Al Shindagha where he learned skills like horsemanship and hunting. His formal education started in 1953 at ‘Al Ahmadiya School’ and after two years he moved to ‘Dubai Secondary school’. After graduating from ‘Bell language school’ in Cambridge, UK he attended the ‘Mons Officer Cadet School’ and finally in 1969 he elected as the head of Dubai Police and Public security. Since then Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid has participated in the establishment of many major scale projects such as the United Arab Emirates and Port Rashid. After being appointed as UAE minister of defense in 1973 he continued to work on projects such as the launch of the Arab Media Forum, the launch of E-Government and Dubai Healthcare City, and the launch of Dubai International Financial center.
The Emir of Dubai has 6 wives and 30 children and 6 of his daughters are married into royal families. The King’s net worth is around $14 Billion which makes him one of the world’s richest royals. He is a majority shareholder of various large-scale firms such as Sony and he also owns real estate all around the world. Sheikh Mohammed is the face behind many businesses and economic assets of Dubai. Moreover, He owns two companies namely Dubai Holding and Dubai world. Being a holding company Dubai world has various assets such as Istithmar World, DP World, and Nakheel properties and the company has real estate, logistics, and various business investments all around the Globe. Dubai Holding on the other hand is responsible for the management and development of hospitality businesses such as telecommunications and real estate etc. The Sheikh has a passion for boats and cars and he is the proud owner of the world’s biggest yacht. He also owns over 100 luxury cars which are parked in his Garage in the luxurious Dubai Palace. The Dubai King has various hobbies such as horse riding, camel racing, and Falconry.
Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid’s passion for horse riding made him establish Godolphin stables along with the stallion breeding operation named Darley. He has won various awards for winning horse races all around the world. He also has a passion for poetry and is well known by the name Fazza which is the name he uses to publish his poetry. The Emir holds the World record for one of the largest charitable donations of around $100 million. This donation for made for the establishment of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation.
The visionary Vice president and King Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid continue to work on big projects. Some of his latest projects are the intelligent traffic systems center and Inauguration of Museum of the future. The Emir’s prolific leadership continues to inspire Emiratis and foreigners all around the globe.