It was announced today in the United Arab Emirates that Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and Minister of Finance, passed away at the age of 75.
This came in a tweet on Twitter by his brother, the ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
Sheikh Hamdan held the position of Minister of Finance in the United Arab Emirates since 1971 and remained in his position until his death. He had fallen ill over the past few months and underwent surgery abroad in October.
The Dubai Government Media Office said in a tweet on Twitter that “the funeral prayer that will be held in the soul of the deceased will be limited to family members due to the Corona epidemic.”
The emirate of Dubai declared mourning for a period of 10 days, with flags at half-mast, starting from Wednesday, and the closure of government institutions in the emirate for a period of three days, starting on Thursday.
The ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, had laid down the rules for succession to the throne in the emirate by appointing his 38-year-old son Sheikh Hamdan, the crown prince, and his second son, Sheikh Maktoum, as deputy ruler of Dubai.
Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum was born in 1945, and he is the second son of Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum.
Sheikh Hamdan received an honorary fellowship from the British Royal College of Internal Medicine in London and an honorary fellowship from the same college in Edinburgh and Glasgow, and he received an honorary doctorate from the University of Gezira in Khartoum.
The deceased had many initiatives and achievements, including the Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Award for Distinguished Academic Performance and the Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum Award for Medical Sciences.
He won the title of “Civilized Personality” for the year 2016, and he also won the “Arab Technology” Award for Life Achievement in 2005.
The International Hospital Federation chose him as the best global figure in the fields of health, education and sport in 2005.
He also received the Humanitarian Personality Award from the Rashid Center for Childhood Treatment and Care in Dubai in 2000.