Dubai in three days of mourning after death of ruler’s son
DUBAI (United Arab Emirates) - Sheikh Rashid bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, a son of Dubai's ruler and elder brother to the emirate's heir apparent, has died at age 33.
The United Arab Emirates state news agency WAM said Saturday that he died of a heart attack.
Sheikh Rashid was the first son of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and his senior wife, Sheikha Hind bint Maktoum bin Juma Al Maktoum.
In addition to his role as Dubai ruler, Sheikh Mohammed is vice president and prime minister of the UAE.
Sheikh Rashid was an avid sportsman and horse racing enthusiast. His younger brother Sheikh Hamdan is Dubai's crown prince.
The commercial hub of Dubai is one of seven sheikhdoms that comprise the Emirates federation.
The ruler's court has declared three days of mourning.
The Dubai Ruler's Court has announced that funeral prayers will be offered today after Maghrib (sunset) prayers at Zabeel Mosque.
Later on, the deceased body will be buried at Umm Hurair cemetery at Al Fahidi in Bur Dubai.
The UAE President, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, expressed his heartfelt condolences and solace to Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, praying Allah to rest the departed soul in Paradise, and bestow patience and solace to Al Maktoum.