Alaa Mubarak

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Alaa Mubarak (Arabic: علاء مبارك‎  IPA: [ʕæˈlæːʔ moˈbɑːɾɑk]) (born 1961)[1] is an Egyptian businessman and the elder of two sons of ousted president Hosni Mubarak of Egypt, who served from 1981–2011, and his wife Suzanne Mubarak.

He kept a much lower profile than his younger brother, Gamal, and was not involved in politics.[2] Within the family, under his half-British mother, his name is 'Alan', while his brother is 'Jimmy'.[3]

Alaa attended St. George's College, Cairo for his early education; then he graduated from the American University in Cairo. He is married to Heidy Rasekh, and the couple have had two sons: Muhammad and Omar. Muhammad died on 18 May 2009, aged 12. It was announced that he had suffered a 'severe health crisis' (a brain haemorrhage). However stories later emerged that he had sustained a fatal head injury while riding a quad bike. He was swiftly checked into the Maadi Military Hospital for a couple of hours before being flown to Paris to no avail. His body was later flown back and buried in Cairo.[2]

Just before his father's resignation Alaa had a bitter argument with his brother Gamal Mubarak. He reportedly told him "Instead of working to help your father be honoured at the end of his life, you helped damage his image this way," The two brothers almost came to blows and senior palace officials had to interfere in order to cool down both men.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.africareview.com/Special+Reports/-/979182/1149952/-/10tyy3az/-/login
  2. ^ a b "Death of President Mubarak's Grandson" (in Arabic). BBC Arabic. 2009-05-18. Retrieved 2009-05-19. 
  3. ^ The Family, broadcast by Al Jazeera English, 28 June 2012 (synopsis)
  4. ^ "Alaa accused Gamal of dragging the nation to corruption". Al Arabiya English. 2011-02-14. Retrieved 2011-02-14.